Friday, February 13, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy #23 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

This issue is a giant ret-con.  Bendis portrays the symbiotes (a.k.a. the Klyntar) as a noble race seeking to help the galaxy.  However, some members of the tribe can become corrupted when they bond with the wrong people, creating "inferior symbiote relationships" and forgetting their connection to the collective.  They even spread "lies and half-truths" about the Klyntar's intentions.  However, the Klyntar recognize Flash as a worthy host, and they heal his symbiote and create a superior symbiote bond.  Now healed, Flash and his symbiote are, in his words, a "super-powered space warrior" with new powers.  The thing is?  It totally works for me.  It's not like Bendis is just throwing away continuity.  He gives us a perfectly reasonable explanation for the symbiote's previous behavior, and he allows Flash to upgrade in a way that he desperately deserves.  It's time for him to get some wins, and this issue seems to put him on a path to that.  I hope he stays with the team for a long time, because I really think that he and Drax could be an awesome pair.  (Overall, the team's banter was better than it's been in a while.  I particularly liked Gamora's "I'm complicated" comment.)  In other words, I dig a ret-con.  Go figure.

**** (four of five stars)

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