Thursday, November 14, 2013

Guardians of the Galaxy #7 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

This series is occasionally hard to recap, since the joys of it are rarely plot-driven.  After all, at this point, it's not like a lot has really happened in this series.  Peter told his father to take a flying leap, he chatted with Thanos about the space/time "event," and the Guardians engaged Angela in a fight.  It's not exactly "Uncanny Avengers."

But, it's not supposed to be "Uncanny Avengers."  It's supposed to be Peter and Tony competing over the most awkward '80s reference while Rocket tries to flirt with Angela, Groot says, "I am Groot" a few times, Drax broods impatiently in the background, and Gamora attempts to keep a handle on her disdain.  It's a good time.  But, as Bendis reminds us, these characters are also good people.  After all, Bendis uses a great exchange between Angela and Peter to make the point that the Guardians aren't being paid to be guardians.  They're just heroes.  But, he goes even further when he allows Peter's humanity to shine through his jokey exterior by having him not only release Angela but also essentially put her under the Guardians' protection.  It's a good time with good people.  What more could you possibly want?

Also, on a side note, this issue was the first one where I was glad that Iron Man was here.  I could become convinced that Peter needs another human on the team so that he can interact in a way that we Earthers can understand and appreciate and that makes us appreciate him all the more.  I'm just hoping that person is eventually Richard Rider, but I'll take Tony Stark for the time being.

**** (four of five stars)

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