Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Angela
- Definitely a vast improvement over the previous volume, the second volume of Bendis' Guardians of the Galaxy contains almost
double the content. On the downside that content is filled with a rather unnecessary crossover with the Infinity event and the arbitrary introduction of Angela into the Marvel Universe. Something worth noting about Angela's usage in these issues is the fact that the computer onboard the Guardians' ship can not identity her species while less than a year later (in our time, not comic time) it is discovered that Angela is supposedly an Asgardian. Considering the fact that only a few issues earlier the Asgardians are show to be a part of a larger galactic council, it's surprising that she would be unidentifiable
. Almost makes you wonder if her back story was as planned out as they would like you to believe.
Curiously, this book starts asking the questions that long term fans have been dying to know the answer to but it simply stops there, at asking those questions. The characters acknowledge the fact that some characters shouldn't
be there but no answers are provided as to why
they are there. And even more curious than all that is the fact that while asking those questions nobody takes the time to ask any questions about Richard Rider, which is strange, considering his overall importance to the Marvel Cosmic line prior to the Bendisification of said line. I mean, it could be said that Gamora was in a relationship with Richard but she doesn't say one thing about it. The words "Nova," "Richard" and/or "Rider" never come out of her mouth in this book!
Anyways once again, the real selling point of this series is the art. With work by Sara Pichelli, Francesco Francavilla, Kevin Maguire, Olivier Coipel, and Valerio Schiti this is an absolutely gorgeous book. All of my complaints and issues aside, this really isn't a bad
book but the quote from CBR on the cover sums it up perfectly by stating that Bendis' Guardians of the Galaxy "As of right now, is basically Marvel's go to source for popcorn entertainment."