Writer – Brian Michael Bendis, Jim Starlin, Dan Slott
Artist – Nick Bradshaw, Jim Starlin, Guiseppe Camuncoli
Inker – Scott Hanna, John Dell
Colours – Morry Hollowell, Frank D’Armata, Edgar Delgado
Tony, because he is a big picture kind of guy, needs someone amongst the Guardians and for whatever reason, he decides that Venom is that guy. So Tony schools him on each and every one of the team members, much to Flash Thompson’s incredulity. As an origin issue, it does its job well and Bendis injects a human onto a team that would probably be better without one. Except for Star-Lord of course. One interesting little part that happens is when Tony gives Peter a little device to stop Venom if need be. You cannot say that Tony is never prepared. The book also reprints part of the upcoming Thanos graphic novel by Jim Starlin and has a lead-in to the new Spider-verse event with the return of Morlun by Dan Slott.
4 out of 5
Writer – Joe Caramagna
Artist – Adam Archer, Ty Templeton
Colours – John Rauch, Pete Pantazis
Lord Dyvyne and Blackjack O’Hare capture Rocket’s ship to see if there is anything of value aboard they can pillage. Unknown to them, it was all planned to go that way so Rocket could rescue Princess Lynx. Only she really did not need rescuing and he might have ruined her whole plan. Also, Groot! Caramagna gives us a fun little story with Rocket in the lead and brings along his friends Mr. Wal-Rus and Groot along to help. Rocket is just as irascible as ever and when things go awry, has a plan to still make a little coin in the end. The artwork is fun and energetic and perfect for an all-ages book. A second story by Caramagna and Ty Templeton has Spider-Man, White Tiger, Power-Man, Iron Fist and Nova up in space facing off against Dr. Rufus Siperstein D.D.S. and some little green men from the planet Subservia. The second tale while fun, was geared more towards the younger crowd. It was definitely a strange crew to have off in space, but it worked and being entertained was the most important thing.
4 out of 5