Bendis’ take on the Guardians continues to impress me. This was an issue with a lot lower stakes than the first 3, but it allowed for a bit more focus on the characters, particularly Gamora, and still had room for plenty of action.
The Guardians are celebrating in a Space-Bar after their victory over the Spartax, and generally having a damn good time. Tony Stark and Gamora even hook up! Although I’m not sure what to make of the scene, was Gamora so energetic that she wore Tony out? Or could he not get it up? Either way, it was damn funny and brought Stark down a peg or two, he deserves it after the mean things he said about Captain Britain! On her way back to the bar, Gamora is attacked by a bounty hunter who is after, well, her bounty.
At the same time, the Guardians run into some Spartax soldiers, and another fight breaks out. These two fight sequences were very well done, and I continue to be very impressed by Sara Pichelli’s artwork, she was awesome on Ultimate Spider-Man, and she’s even better here I think, which is impressive, because the cast here is larger, and the scale of the series is massive. Of course, the Guardians defeat all the various baddies, but this, seemingly inconsequential issue actually accomplishes a lot. We know that the Guardians are going to run into trouble wherever they go, and we also know that Gamora is a wanted woman. Who placed the bounty? Who knows.
Next issue looks like being a big one, it’s the debut of Angela! I know nothing about Angela, so I’m very intrigued indeed, especially since Neil Gaiman is co-writing. Oh yeah, and for those of you keeping up with references to the old GoTG days, Star-Lord mentions the Cancerverse in this issue, Bendis hasn’t forgotten people, we are going to get some answers eventually.