This was a very dialogue-heavy book, but since I’m one of those deviants who loves Brian Michael Bendis’ dialogue, I still enjoyed it a lot, especially since I know next to nothing about Angela, and the back-story provided here was very much needed.
Basically, the Guardians have Angela locked up, and are trying to decide what to do with her. Drax wants to throw her into the nearest sun (who does he think he is? The Sentry?), but the rest want to talk to her. When Angela does decide to finally start chatting, we find out that she is from a place called ‘Heven’ and that she is an Angel, specifically, a Hunter Angel. On Heven, they are told myths and stories about a place called ‘Earth’, much like how we on Earth (those of us brought up in the Judeo-Christian traditions at least) are told about Heaven. Whilst out on a hunt, fighting some rock-monsters, Angela saw a strange light, the time-quake from Age Of Ultron, and then she was in our universe.
Because Star-Lord also saw this light, he knows she is telling the truth, and he sets her free, so she can visit Earth for herself. I thought the short scene between Star-Lord and Iron Man was very good here, Iron Man of course knows what it was that caused the breakdown in time and space, and whilst he doesn’t open up to Quill just yet, you know it’s coming. The Guardians give Angela a comm-device, and let her go and explore Earth, in what feels like definite set-up for a solo series, and then, as Iron Man and Star-Lord discuss what’s next, we see exactly what that is… Infinity!
So yes, whilst this was a basic issue with not much plot, it was still very enjoyable, the dialogue between the characters was a lot of fun, especially Iron Man and Star-Lord’s competing 1980s references, and now, after 2 issues of basically being a silent nothing, Angela has some back-story and characterisation, which is good.
The artwork from Sara Pichelli was fantastic as always, I love the way she draws facial expressions in a way that really imbues pages of just talking with a lot of energy and life. I also really liked Valerio Schiti’s pages depicting the world of Heven, it’s always an effective technique to use a different artist for a different world, and he has a great style, certainly not shitty. This was a quiet issue, but really, it’s the calm before the storm that is Infinity, I expect those issues to be crazy.