Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #6
After a little wait, Guardians of the Galaxy should be back on track for shipping schedules. Guardians of the Galaxy #6 is a good issue, if a little light on the plot element.
The first thing that readers will notice is that Neil Gaiman is not a writer on this issue. He is just a consultant. This is quite different than what Marvel advertised when Angela was shown joining the Guardians. It ends up not being a big deal, as Angela doesn’t speak much in this issue. But if she had a lot of character development, I would have been a little upset. This issue ends up being one massive fight between the Guardians and Angela. While it’s a visual delight, it doesn’t exactly move the overall narrative along. It’s been this way the past few months. While I’m not going to knock Brian Michael Bendis from giving Sarah Pichelli lots of pretty panels to render, I would like to see something going on with the Guardians instead of them just sitting around. Bendis still injects a few funny lines from the likes of Raccoon and Stark, but it’s few and far between.
The scenes between Thanos and Peter are the only real plot development we get in Guardians of the Galaxy #6. It mostly deals with the fallout of Age of Ultron, but gives a few hints as to Thanos’ plans in Infinity. It was enjoyable, but felt a little short. Thanos hasn’t been written that well recently, so it’s good to see him being the maniacal genius that he can be. Granted, Jonathan Hickman has been writing him very well, but he wasn’t written well in Thanos: Rising. Between Nova #8 and Guardians of the Galaxy #6, Marvel has given us the answer on what happened to Richard Ryder. The original Nova is unfortunately dead. Bendis doesn’t give us a reason as to how Thanos or Peter Quill escaped the Cancerverse, but we know 100% that this is the original Peter Quill and Thanos. Bendis plays off of this well, and the reader can feel the tension between these two characters.
Sarah Pichelli pencils most of #6, while Olivier Coipel pencils the rest. It sounds like Pichelli was sick and needed help finishing the issue. Pichelli takes the fight between Angela and the Guardians, and it’s her usual brilliance. Each character is oozing with personality and body language. Angela somehow keeps her bra on throughout the fight, but I guess that’s comic book physics. Each panel flows beautifully from one to the other. Pichelli has some very loose pages in terms of panel structure, but the eye is lead across the page without a fault. Coipel’s pencils are a little rough when compared Pichelli, but still look great. Thanos commands the size and stature that a character like him needs. Justin Ponsor takes Pichelli’s artwork for colors, and they pop off the page. Even in the blackness of space, the bright colors look great. Mark Morales handles the inks for Coipel, and Ive Svorcina for colors. Morales’ inks are a little rough, but this could be due to the rushed nature of the artwork. We don’t know how long Coipel had to pencils these pages.
Guardians of the Galaxy #6 gets 4/5.
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