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Comic Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #2

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Guardians of the Galaxy #2 feels a hell of a lot like an Avengers movie: the whole issue is one big citywide battle punctuated by evil scheming in space, and it’s nothing if not a joyride.

Brian Michael Bendis’ good guys are a ton of fun, his villains are wordy and sinister, and his art partners Steve McNiven and Sara Pichelli are energetic and bright in this strong second outing for Iron Man, Star-Lord and crew.

The bulk of this issue follows the Guardians of the Galaxy as they take down the alien ships invading London, England. The team goes one to a ship, creating plenty of scenes for each character to get a badass battle moment. Only the tree-like Groot gets left out; he’s left behind to veg out in a pot of dirt.

The characters are all enjoyable, but Rocket Raccoon is the real standout. He knocks off aliens with glee, shouting “Bam! Murdered you!” with each kill.

While the fight is exciting, the key story points rest with a flashback to a galactic conference presided over by Star-Lord’s father King J-son. J-son admits to being afraid of Earth because the humans have stopped unstoppable galactic forces like the Phoenix Force and Galactus, and they also get to hang out with the Watcher more than anyone else in the galaxy.

J-son pushes to eliminate Earth, and some – but not all – agree with him.

The alien conference pages get a little wordy, but they get sufficiently large panels and attractive illustrations so that all the text doesn’t feel crowded on the page. McNiven and Pichelli drape the conference in lots of purple and pink colour, making it feel otherworldly and in stark contrast with the strong primary colours and sharp lines of the London battle.

Guardians of the Galaxy #2 looks great to flip through. It’s well-drawn and extremely colourful, with energetic battle scenes that flow together and build momentum from panel to panel.

Guardians of the Galaxy #2 is a great summer popcorn movie on paper: action-packed, visually dynamic, and so much fun you’ll be dying for a sequel.

8 out of 10

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