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Review Group: Guardians of the Galaxy #11

Written by John Martin on Tuesday, March 17 2009 and posted in Reviews
Can't the Review Group just get along?  Nope, not on a week where we review a Marvel cosmic book we can't.


The Review Group is a collection of posters who get together each week to discuss comics and post our reviews for a comic that we each take turns selecting.  Our threads can be found in The Outhouse’s Newstand forum and is open for anyone and everyone to participate in.

SuperginraiX had the pick for new comics shipping March 11th and he selected Guardians of the Galaxy #11 by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Wes Craig and Wil Quintana. This is a second time the group has reviewed a DnA/Craig effort and Texas Chainsaw Massacre #1 has stood the test of time as one of our most ridiculed picks ever. There’s no way the critically acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy can match Chainsaw’s paltry 4.34, right?  Right?!?!

Review by 48THRiLLS

Love this book, didn't love this issue. Though Wesley Craig’s art was an upgrade from the previous couple issues but not near the greatness that was Pelletier. While I love Drax and Phyla, I do think that they are the weaker story line of the team right now. I will also say that this book suffers greatly without Starlord being in it in some fashion. I did find myself chuckling at Drax the Philosopher but I just don't care about Moondragon, let her stay dead. Also, someone explain why Phyla cannot wear the Quantum Bands in Oblivion but Maelstrom can?
After enjoying the Negative Zone battle in the last ish I was looking forward to more of that. This book has been fantastic and a sub par issue is still better than most stuff out there. I cannot wait till this gets more involved in War of Kings


ART - 8

Review by guitarsmashley

This was a throw away book. I know nothing of the characters or Annihilation or any of it. So for me the story is 3. The art on the other hand is excellent. I love the digital coloring style. it's a 7. So in total


Review by Flynn the Pirate

I love almost anything having to do with Marvel's cosmic scene. I love Abnett and Lanning. I love the Guardians of the Galaxy - as a title, as a team, and as a concept.

All that being said, I was very, very disappointed with this issue. Maybe it was the fact that, of all of the characters they have been working with for the past couple of years, Phyla has been the weakest, so just as the Quasar mini's leading up to Annihilation: Conquest were the weakest, so too this issue would be weak. Maybe it was the fact that it didn't feel like anything really happened. Or maybe it was because, as someone else pointed out, this whole story arc feels like a throwaway, especially in light of War of Kings.

Whatever it was, this issue was far below the standard that I have come to expect of DnA. It had a rambling feel and even the appearance of Maelstrom felt meaningless. The dialogue was often annoying - even from the people it was supposed to be enlightening from.

On the plus side, the art had a very dreamy, otherworldly appearance to it, so it fit with the environment.

All things taken into account, I give this issue a 4 out of 10. DnA, you've done much, much better - and you know it.

Review by Chubbles

Since Drax has been re-invented a couple years ago in that mini during the first Annihilation he has been one of my favorite characters in the MU. He reminds me of a Vin Diesel in Pitch Black which was one of my favorite badass characters of the past 10-15 years. DnA have been very, very good for a long time now. They have made GotG and Nova two of my must gets every month. I even like them enough that I've picked up their old run on DC's Legion b/c my faith in them is very high. This issue was both quite good and a little bit of a let down. It had a ton of Drax, which was awesome, but this female lesbian Quasar has not been a high point. Anything Drax did was cool but anything she did was lame. I can't wait til the real Quasar comes back and takes the reigns again. Wes Craig however saved this book from getting a low score. He is awesome here and the coloring was also equally as good. I wouldn't mind having Craig stick around for a while and seeing what he can do with the rest of the characters. Overall this was not a great issue for newcomers but it was ok for us who know how good this book can be.

Story 4
Art 8
Overall 6

Review by starlord

I'm really not sure what I can add that everyone hasn't said already. Love this series, but this issue fell slightly short. Yet, not as much as others seem to think. Granted, Drax is not the best story going on right now, but I do find him fascinating. It's that female that I'm not found of. In fact, I can't even remember her name and don't want to go get the book.

The art, as someone already said, was amazing, and really saved this issue from a lower score. Still, the story really didn't feel like it's going anywhere important.

Story: 4
Art: 8
My Score: 6.5

Review by Punchy

Story - I have to echo what's been said by the others, I'm a big fan of this series and what DnA have been doing in the cosmic landscape in general, but this was not the best issue of the series, and it is probably due to the characters this issue focuses on, Drax and Quasar. Since the Secret Invasion tie-in, the team has split up, and we've been following a few different threads, Starlord in the Negative Zone, Rocket Raccoon's attempts to start a new team, Adam Warlock and Gamora, and Drax and Quasar's search for Moondragon, and we've been getting little bits of each story in each issue, but this issue was entirely on one story, and it wasn't strong enough, yes, Drax is awesome and Phyla is a sexy space Lesbian, but they need the other character's to really play off of, and as such, this issue felt a little flat. But there were some good points, it was good to see more of Drax and his place in the universe and views, because he's usually used as just a typical bad-ass, kicking butt and smashing things, and his conversations with Phyla and Maelstrom were fascinating, and asked an excellent question, what does Drax do now that he has achieved his life's goal and killed Thanos? And was that a good thing? Good stuff that. Maelstrom is an interesting villain, with a vision and scope far beyond the usual villain, and his trickery at the end bodes well for a better part 2, but overall this was a weak link in the Guardians chain, get to War Of Kings DnA! Oh, and it was cool seeing Genis again, when is he coming back?

Art - This was good, Craig is a decent fill-in for Pelletier, and his particular style fit with the desolate and dreamlike setting of this story, and I think Quintana's colors helped with this. I'd like to see more from these guys.

Best Line - 'The Universe is still alive. A state of affairs I will rectify as soon as I get myself out of here'


Review by amlah6

After months of teases, we're finally getting into Drax and Phyla's search for Cammi... except somewhere along the way it switched from being about the search for Cammi to being about the search for Moondragon. While I'm a bit disappointed that Cammi has been put off to the side once again, searching for Moondragon inevitably leads to comics with dragons in them, which is always a good thing (see Four Eyes) so I'm cool with the switch.

I'm not sure that I "got" that Mentor killed Drax and Phyla last issue, but with the handy recap page clarifying what happened it wasn't a problem. Existential Drax was lol-tastic and the appearance of Maelstrom was a welcome surprise. This issue may not have had the rest of the team, but Drax had been criminally underused in the series up to this point so I was thrilled to see that situation rectified. I loved how this issue planted seeds for the ramifications of Drax having killed Thanos, which I’m sure, will lead to the character's return.

I'm not all that familiar with Wes Craig, but his art combined with Wil Quintana's colors in this issue rocked. It probably wouldn't work for one of the more team based issues of the series, but for the story here it was just perfect. The characters were very emotive and the action flowed well.

Story: 8
Art: 9
Overall: 8.5

Review by SuperginraiX

I must have been one of the few people to enjoy the Quasar mini from Annihilation Conquest. Confused

As it stands, I enjoy Drax and Phylla a whole lot more than I do Adam Warlock and Gamora. I love 'em all but there's a pecking order with Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord topping the list. Honestly, this team is really good.

So it's a little disappointing that this issue only features the Destroyer and Quasar. I was hoping for a page or two devoted to the adventures of the rest of the team but here we are with just the two dead ones hanging out. Also: not a War of Kings tie-in and, while that may pull in some people, I'm not quite burnt out on events and was hoping to get the Guardians' perspective on the beginning of an intergalactic war. It's almost got me pulling out my Operation: Galactic Storm issues just to see recall the last time the Kree and Shi'ar battled across the cosmos.

But, this is a much simpler story and that works too. The dialogue is reminiscent of some good Terry Pratchet. Funny & philosophical. There were times I laughed out loud but that's probably because I'm easily amused.

Abnett and Lanning seem to know how to make cosmic stuff have an easy to identify feel to it. This is all high-end cosmic happenings but delivered in bite-sized chunks that the reader can easily dive into. It doesn't hurt that Phylla plays the "what is going on?" role while Drax does all the explaining. Well, him and Maelstrom and that's just as good as our heroes get to mock him while he explains about the cosmic balance.

Honestly, I don't really care that much about Moondragon's return but the dragon bit is great. Moondragon has always annoyed me. I never really got why Phylla ended up with her except you don't see that many lesbians hanging out in outer space.

The art is incredible. I'd love to see what Craig could do with the full team. The emotions work, timing works, coloring is brilliant... I really can't boost the art enough and it totally makes up for any disappointment I had in not seeing the rest of the "team" or get more War of Kings goodness. I liked the previous artist but Craig ups the game.

OK, I'll stop gushing. War of Kings, you get an 8.5 out of 10. Keep up the good work.

As of press time, that gives Guardians of the Galaxy #11 a group score of 6.50.  Quite an improvement over Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but not quite there yet..

For further discussion about this issue and our reviews, feel free to join us in this week's thread ( found in the Newstand forum where you are also invited to join the group by posting your own review.

Chubbles has the pick for March 18th and he has selected Invincible #60 from Image Comics.  Look for the new thread that will be available Wednesday morning to join in on the fun.

Invincible #60


Invincible is drawn into a company-wide crossover event done in ONE oversized issue! SPAWN! SAVAGE DRAGON! YOUNGBLOOD! SHADOWHAWK! CYBERFORCE! PITT! ULTRA! and many, many more all here for one issue – don’t miss it!



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