The Guardians step into Infinity, with a very enjoyable issue full of the usual Bendis blend of great dialogue and fun action scenes, as well as some brilliant art from Francesco Francavilla. You wouldn’t think his style would work for a space book, but it does.
We begin with the Guardians learning about Thanos’ attack on Earth, and arguing about what they should do. Gamora wants to attack right away, but Star-Lord is more cautious. Bendis then does something that will please a lot of old-school (well, DNA-era) Guardians fans, he moves even closer to explaining what went on inside the Cancerverse. Gamora asks him why he and Drax and Nova didn’t just kill Thanos when they had the chance. Whilst we don’t get any concrete answers here, I can just feel that an answer is coming soon, and when it does… oh man, I’m excited. Star-Lord deflects, and asks why Gamora didn’t kill her ‘father’ when she lived with him. Gamora is understandably pissed off, and flies off on her own, presumably to try and kill Thanos herself.
The rest of the Guardians meanwhile are contacted by Agent Brand of SWORD, and are tasked with saving her from Thanos’ forces that have overran The Peak Station. This is a stealth-mission, so Groot and Drax won’t be much use, so it’s basically just Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon Vs a whole army. They bust in, rescue Brand, and start taking names. I very much enjoyed these action sequences, the in-fight banter was top notch (an actually good Star Wars reference!) and Bendis even made fun of the whole ‘Murdered You!’ catchphrase thing that Rocket has going on.
But really, 2 people and a Raccoon-thing don’t really stand a chance against all these aliens, and our heroes are quickly surrounded. Star-Lord calls for Drax and Groot to help out, but their ship has been discovered and they can’t help. But something does come to the rescue, or rather, someone, as Angela blasts into the room and saves the day. I was actually surprised to see her show up, as I expected her to be gone for a longer than 21 pages, but I suppose Gaiman was still listed as a consultant, so I should have expected it. Either way, it’s a cool moment, and a great set-up for next issue.
Francavilla’s artwork, was, as I said, great. His style isn’t really what you’d think of when picking an artist for this book, but it’s always best to try something new, and I think it works here. I especially liked the colouring here, and how he had the yellow on Star-Lord’s costume and the red on Rocket Raccoon’s really stand out. I’m still not really sold on those outfits, but Francavilla is making them work.