Writer – Jeff Lemire
Artist – Mike McKone
Colours – Marcelo Maiolo
A new DC title makes its first appearance with this very issue and proves once again why Lemire is one of the best writers in the DC stable. Lemire does not do anything revolutionary or out of the box with the book, except maybe having the setting take place in Canada, but what he does do is tell a solid story from start to finish. Adam Strange makes an appearance as he will soon be joining the team and we get the beginnings of a new character who is a member of the Moose Cree First Nation and a woman to boot which is nice to see. There are some perks for longtime DC readers in the book with the mention of Interlac and Thanagar and even that young teenage-looking Lobo shows up. Glad to see Lemire decided to keep Stargirl around, whether pre-New 52 or post-New 52, she is still one of the most interesting female characters around. Nice little banter between Green Arrow and Animal Man in the book, keeping the mood light as well as ramping up the intrigue with a new character named Lord Byth. Great start to a new book by Lemire with Mike McKone holding down the fort artistically and a title that is already more interesting than its established namesake.
4 out of 5
Writer – Brian Michael Bendins, Andy Lanning, Dan Abnett
Artist – Nick Bradshaw, Jason Masters, Todd Nauck, Phil Jiminez, Gerardo Sandoval
Inker – Nick Bradshaw, Jason Masters, Todd Nauck, Walden Wong, Livesay
Colours – Justin Ponsor, Jason Keith, Antonio Fabela, Rachelle Rosenberg
The fourteenth issue of Guardians also happens to be a double-sized anniversary issue and therefore we get two extra stories to justify the price-hike. It was worth it though as one featured Groot as a young sapling by Andy Lanning and the second featured the original Guardians of the Galaxy, Vance Astro, Martinex, Charlie 27, Yondu and Starhawk by Dan Abnett. Both stories though short, were better than the main feature by Bendis. Not that the main story was bad, not by any means, but Lanning’s story played upon our emotions while Abnett’s got us longing for yesteryear. Bendis’s story saw Starlord captured by his father finally, Drax caught, Gamora caught and Rocket and Groot out of the picture. Bendis seems to finally be continuing the threads he started out in the first couple of issues with Peter’s dad and his promise to shut them down. There was a lot of action and a lot of dialogue, but there was a nice balance between the two which has not always happened in previous issues. And even though everyone knows Captain Marvel will be joining the team, or at least almost everyone, it was great to see her on the final page of the story. The one downside to the book was perhaps not having the creator credits on the cover reflect all of the creators in the book. Abnett and Lanning rejuvenated these characters and up to this point, have told the better stories with them – they should be on the cover. Other than that, Guardians of the Galaxy keeps on being one of the best books Marvel puts out, but was made much greater this month by having the added bonus tales.
4.5 out of 5