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Review – Guardians of the Galaxy #2 (Marvel)

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Guardians of the Galaxy #2

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Geoff Shaw
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Artists: David Marquez & Dean White
Variant Cover Artists: Matteo Scalera & Matthew Wilson
Released: February 20th, 2019
Maturity Rating: T+
Publisher: Marvel

Guardians of the Galaxy #2 brings about even more characters, drama, and arguments than expected. Which is saying something. Following the events of Infinity Wars, there is still a lot that needs to be resolved.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy #2 is Full of Perfect Character Representations

 

The Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t the same team that we’ve grown so accustomed to seeing…but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This new and rebooted series has been taking some risks, as well as playing with the idea of switching new characters in and out.

Guardians of the Galaxy #2 is post-Infinity Wars, but it is still dealing with a lot of the events that cropped up during that time. Not many of our heroes made it through unscathed, and even those that did still have a bone to pick.

Writing

Donny Cates made a lot of brilliant moves with Guardians of the Galaxy #2. There were a lot of characters to cover, and in a very short amount of time. Yet he still managed to fit in a shocking amount of character depth and detail.

Guardians of the Galaxy #2 Cover by David Marquez

If I’m being honest, one of my favorite things about events and mixing up the teams are seeing different characters interact with each other. This new Guardians of the Galaxy series has been nothing but that. There is no shortage of characters with strong opinions, and that has carried the series so far.

Cates managed to make Quill seem so human in this issue, which created a strong juxtaposition with some of the characters shown in this issue. I’m glad they took the time to show us what emotional state Quill is in, considering what happened to him during the events of Infinity Wars.

A lot of time was spent showing us the characters and their opinions, yet it’s still clear that the plot is steadily moving forward as well. There’s a rising tension as everyone picks sides and targets. It’s only a matter of time before things really start to pick up in speed.

Art

As mentioned above, there are a lot of different characters in this series. Yet the art team managed to render them all accurately, making it clear who is who and leaving no doubt about what series they originally came from. That is not an easy task. Though it probably did help that a lot of these characters are ones typically seen in the outerverse.

Geoff Shaw was the line artist for this issue, and I’m glad for it. He did a great job showing the raw emotions of some of the characters, but especially Quill. I also enjoyed his fight scenes. Marte Gracia is the colorist for this issue, and his work really made Shaw’s lines shine. All of the colors were spot on for each character, a fact that was especially clear during some of the fight scenes.

Conclusion

Guardians of the Galaxy is not quite the series that I had expected it to be, but it really has been an interesting read so far. They’re making good use of their expansive cast to build up the tension, giving us an idea of the battle we’re heading towards.

I’m still holding out hope that we’ll see more of the characters shown in the first issue, as well as in all of the ads. It seems unlikely that they would go through all the trouble to bring them into this mess, only to drop them so quickly. It leaves me thinking that there’s, even more, going on to this plot than we can see.

 


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Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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