Writer – Brian Michael Bendis
Artist – Valerio Schiti, David Lopez
colours – Jason Keith
This particular issue of Guardians has to be one of the most disappointing ones in recent memory as very little happens except for our heroes battling the out-of-control symbiote, Venom. There is a little bit of a side-story as a council on Spartax wants to elect Star-Lord as their new ruler, and Captain Marvel is flying around doing her thing, but the bulk of the issue is just a fight between the Guardians and Venom and it is, to be frank, a little boring. With the spacefaring heroes doing better than ever, every issue of this title should be topping the last with excitement, action and engaging storylines being the norm. After the Cancerverse story, it is almost as if Bendis has run out of steam. Venom stories are fine, but this one is pure drudgery so far and needs to get a whole lot better as fast as possible to keep people interested in the book. The ‘Star-Lord getting elected as the Spartax leader’ is far more interesting and that was only a few pages out of the whole book. As of this moment, the Star-Lord solo title and the Rocket Raccoon book are beating this book by a mile when it should be the other way around. When it comes right down to it, the book is not terrible and there are worse books out there, but this should be a lot better than what it is.
2.5 out of 5
Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Aaron Lopresti, Stephen Thompson
Inker – Art Thibert, Stephen Thompson
Colours – Hi-Fi
Speaking of books that should be a lot better than what they are, it is like a broken record with this title. It has the creators, the characters and all the necessary elements to be one of the best books on the market and yet it continues with tediousness nearly each and every week. It is not all bad though as the new Stormwatch has an interesting lineup which includes Hawkman, The Engineer, Frankenstein, Amethyst, The Atom and Black Adam. Fifty Sue is still terrible in every way imaginable, Batman Beyond is back to doing nothing and last but not least, the new Firestorm meets up with the atrociously designed Doctor Polaris who, as Dr. Yamakaze, is quite boring. While it might be great to see Stormwatch in action again, especially as they try and take down S.H.A.D.E. and Father Time, where are they going to go from here? Every story just seems to be headed nowhere. The bulk of the thirty-three issues that have been published thus far contain more filler than actual quality storytelling, which is probably more than any other title. This book is in sad shape and needs to start wrapping things up to whatever conclusion they have planned for it, if there even is one at this point.
2.5 out of 5