Just like in the pages of Hulk, the reverberations of Age Of Ultron are finally being felt across the Marvel Universe, as Angela shows up in Guardians Of The Galaxy! But in the end, it doesn’t really feel like a big deal.
I’ve never really read Spawn, so I have no clue who Angela is, and after this issue, I still don’t, and I don’t really care. She shows up, is angry, and fights Gamora a bit, that’s all, it’s not that great. I’m sure she could be an interesting and exciting character, and I have faith in Bendis to do so, but at this point, Marvel are treating Angela like a much bigger deal than she is, and expecting me to care about her as a ‘name’ and nothing else.
That said, the rest of this issue was highly enjoyable, and the other stuff that’s spinning out of Age Of Ultron was much more interesting than some Angel lady. The issue opens with Angela basically repeating her angry spiel from Age Of Ultron #10, but we quickly move onto some more interesting scenes with the actual team, as Rocket Raccoon helps Iron Man rebuild his armour, and we discover just why Tony has a thing for her, and yes, it is because of Star Trek. You all know I’m a sucker for Bendis’ dialogue, so I enjoyed this scene a lot, but there’s more to it than just appreciating lively conversation, as the way this book is using Tony Stark is really fascinating to me. On Earth, Tony is one of the smartest people around, he knows everyone. But in Space… he’s out of his depths, and even a talking Raccoon is smarter than him.
Star-Lord’s role in this issue is also a lot of fun, especially as it feature the return of a former Guardian, Mantis. Bendis has a lot of fun with her psychic abilities, and it makes a lot of sense to use her here, as she tries to help Star-Lord find out what happened with the ‘Timequake’. Plus, once again, Bendis is utilising Guardians history, which should please fans who miss the DnA era, and yes, Richard Rider appears as part of Star-Lord’s time-vision. There’s lots of interesting stuff in that vision along with the former Nova, like Captain Marvel (both Carol and Mar-Vell) and what looks like Star-Lord comforting the time-travelled Jean Grey from All-New X-Men. Is Bendis planning a crossover between this book and his X-books? That would be amazing.
In the end, Star-Lord goes to the one person who can explain what’s going on… it’s only fucking Thanos. This was a brilliant scene, and Bendis really found a way to make the Timequake work for him here, because it wasn’t just Earth’s time that was buggered by Wolverine, it was the whole Universe, which means Earth really does have a target on it. Oh yeah, and Drax tortured a dude, that was cool.
This title continues to be a lot of fun, Bendis has turned the Guardians into a really accessible book that I hope is introducing a lot of new fans to these characters, and really making me excited for a movie with this tone. Sara Pichelli is kicking ass on the art, and now THANOS is involved, things are getting good. It’s just a shame about Angela, but even then, it does hold some promise.