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Saturday Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy #18

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Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Ed McGuinness

 

Since the re-launch of Guardians of the Galaxy there has been one question on everyone’s mind: what happened to Richard Ryder a.k.a. Nova? I know I’m not the only one wondering about this because I’m certain someone else mentioned it to me before I understood what it meant. With Guardians of the Galaxy #18, readers are beginning to find out.

I say begin, because unfortunately, there is not actually a conclusion to the story this issue, which sums up my biggest complaint about the book. There were several great looking double page spreads of Nova and Star-Lord fighting Thanos, but I’m not certain that they were all necessary. The story could have moved along a bit more quickly, and maybe even wrapped up in one issue. To be fair, there may be more to the story than I’m anticipating at this point and I may re-evaluate after the story does wrap up. I have to say this was otherwise a nice issue of Guardians that spent most of its time at the end of the Abnett/Lanning run and the Thanos Imperative, which is nice. Since Abnett and Lanning aren’t writing this issue, I’m gladder than ever that Brian Michael Bendis is writing this series. He does justice to the characters as they stood at the time the events are taking place, instead of just doing whatever he pleases, as other writers might do. I would like to know more about how Star-Lord got himself into his current predicament, but I have faith that we’ll get some of that information in issues to come.

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Ed McGuinness is no slouch when it comes to art and I’m glad that he is doing the interiors. I’m hoping that McGuinness will be able to stay on the book for a while, because I thoroughly enjoyed the art on this issue. Over the run of the book there have been several artists, most not sticking around past a single story arc. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, I would like a more consistent look to the book, and I wasn’t overly thrilled with the previous art team. The interiors remind me more of the earlier issues of both this volume as well as the previous. As I mentioned before the double page spreads of Nova and Star-Lord were great, and McGuinness made a real effort to make the characters look like they did during the events of the Thanos Imperative.

For several weeks I have been thinking how much I can’t wait to see what happened to Richard Ryder. While I’m not there quite yet, the story is off to a great start. 4/5 Death Stars

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Therefore I Geek Podcast Episode 11, Comic Roundup with Borderless’s Mazz and Santana

***** SPOILER ALERT *****

This podcast will be discussing plot points which may be considered spoilers. Consider yourselves warned.

Deadpool's Wedding

Deadpool’s Wedding

In which, Andrew and Tracy are joined by Santana Perez and Anthony Mazzola to talk about the hottest new releases this summer.  Our heroes cover everything from the Marvel summer event, Original Sin, to the latest Image comics, such as Mark Millar’s MPH, as well as writing styles, complex characters, and favorite art.  Santana and Mazz say funny things, and Tracy laughs a lot.

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Name that (Comic) Character, July 2014: Answer

And the answer, in honor of Friday’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy, is:

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COSMO

1) S/he was created by an English (from England) writing duo.

Cosmo was introduced by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning in Nova #8.

Cosmo's first appearance in Nova #8.

Cosmo’s first appearance in Nova #8.

2) Shares a vocation with Star Trek’s Lt. Worf.

Cosmo is the Chief of Security on Nowhere, the head of a dead Celestial which serves as a scientific research station at the edges of spacetime.

3) Loosely based on an “astronaut”.

The idea of Cosmo is based on the Soviet dogs that were sent into space during the early parts of the space race.

4) Despite appearances, s/he is a powerful telepath.

Cosmo is regularly seen using his telepathic skills in Guardians of the Galaxy.

5) S/he has brown hair.

Ok, it’s fur. I may have cheated a little on that one.

6) Has been a character in storylines involving Thanos, the Starjammers, Kang, the Inhumans, the Kree and the Shi’ar (not all at the same time though).

Cosmo encounters Lockjaw of the Inhumans.

Cosmo encounters Lockjaw of the Inhumans.

All of these storylines can be found in Guardians of the Galaxy. Seriously, it’s only 25 issues, everyone needs to read this run. It’s amazing.

Thanks to all of those who participated and a special shout out to Santana Perez for providing our first correct answer.

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