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Guarding the Globe #1 Review (With Bonus Science Dog #1 Review!)

Written by Christian Hoffer on Sunday, August 29 2010 and posted in Reviews

Robert Kirkman is one of the hottest writers in the comic book industry.  How does Guarding the Globe #1, his newest title, stand up to the rest of his body of work.  Click to find out!



Comic Review Cover

Credits & Solicit Info:


Story by: Robert Kirkman, Benito Cereno
Art by: Ransom Getty
Cover by: Ryan Ottley, Ransom Getty, FCO Plascencia
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.50

As the VILTRUMITE WAR rages on within the pages of INVINCIBLE, the ranks of the Guardians of the Globe are suddenly depleted. The world is in danger, and the team is in search of new blood. It's the biggest recruitment drive since Omni-Man slaughtered the original members. But will the new Guardians of the Globe be ready in time to stop The Order? This series is a can't-miss action extravaganza!



Review:


Robert Kirkman is one of the most prolific writers in the comic industry today.  The writer of The Walking Dead and Invincible has made his stake in the Image Universe, fashioning a large part of it as his own.  With the trailer for the television adaptation of The Walking Dead tearing up the Internet, it seems like an appropriate time to take a look at his newest title, Guarding the Globe.

Guarding the Globe is a companion series to the long running Invincible series.  The series, penned by the team of Kirkman and Benito Cereno with Ransom Getty on art duties, features the Guardians of the Globe, the Image universe's premier team.  While the Guardians have long had a home in the Invincible series, with Invincible going off world to fight in the Viltrumite War, Kirkman decided that the Guardians needed their own title to keep the plotlines surrounding the team moving.

The first issue features the multiple plotlines readers have come to expect in Kirkman's work.  The first issue centers on Brit and his attempts to adjust to his new role as Guardian leader and new power set as well as the Pentagon's attempt to turn the Guardians into an army of superheroes.  Meanwhile, the long-running organized crime subplot from Invincible finally heats up, as a longtime villain is freed from prision and ordered to report to a mysterious Order.

Kirkman and Cereno do a great job of setting up his characters for new readers while remaining keeping the plot moving for those who've been following the Guardians since Invincible #7.  Each member gets enough time in the script to establish who he or she is without taking away from the plot.  Not many writers are able to characterize as efficiently as Kirkman does.  My only real problem with this issue was that the various plotlines moved too fast for my liking.  I'm probably just spoiled from trade waiting but I thought that the issue lacked some substance as I finished in less than fifteen minutes.

The art of Ransom Getty takes a little getting used to.  I don't know how much of my issue with his art comes from it not being Ryan Ottley (the penciller of Invincible) and how much of it comes from Getty's shortcomings as an artist.  Some of the facial expressions were off and his depiction of Immortal had a disproportionately large head.  It almost looked as if he made Immortal's head larger just so he could load it up with more sideburns.   I noticed that his weakest panels were the ones where the focus zoomed in on a character's head.  Hopefully, Getty's art will improve over time, or Kirkman and Cereno will take note and lay off the headshots in future issues.  However, to be fair, Getty does a fine job of loading his panels with plenty of action and draws a mean Yeti, who could quickly turn into one of my favorite characters of the year.

The one page Guardian gag at the end of the issue features a Barack Obama/Sarah Palin joke that falls a little flat.  Maybe I'm just tired of the political nonsense surrounding the president's place of birth, but I feel like Chris Giarrusso needs to step up to match the recent one/two page features that have been found in the final pages of Amazing Spider-Man and Superman/Batman.

Overall, Guarding the Globe #1 is a great first issue largely due to the strength of Kirkman's writing.   Kirkman has set the bar high for future issues of Guarding the Globe, although I am sure he'll deliver.

Bonus Review: Science Dog #1

There's no better recipe for an awesome comic than a talking anthropomorphic dog wielding a gun and his paraplegic owner/sidekick.  Science Dog #1 features the zany superhero from the comic often mentioned in Invincible.  Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker craft one of the most fun comics of the year.  This is everything you could possibly want in a one-shot.  Thrills, romance, action...and a cliffhanger ending that'll be followed up in next month's Invincible #75.  This book is the exact reason I love comics: only in comics can you have talking dogs with a rocket pack fight giant robots.  Read this book, cherish it and save it for your grandchildren.





Review by: BlueStreak

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