Writer – Brian Michael Bendis
Artist – Valerio Schiti
Colours – Jason Keith
The second team-up featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men continues here with the team still arguing over whether to use the Black Vortex or to destroy it. It is surprising to see just who wants to do what and what side they fall on such as Drax wanting to be rid of it and Hank McCoy thinking it can be used – people you would think would do the exact opposite. With Gamora already having used it, it cements the ideas our heroes already have about it, but soon it will not even matter as Gamora takes matters into her own hands. Our heroes are not the only ones with problems though as others also have dilemmas to solve. Another facet of Mister Knife’s need for the Black Vortex rears its head in the form of the Brood which should make things quite interesting as does Thane’s possible treachery. Fear of Thanos is always a good motivating factor for just about anything and should Thane seek to rise up, Mister Knife had better look out. Something else that will make things not only intriguing but fun as well, is how Kitty and Peter fall on opposite sides of thinking on the subject of the Black Vortex with Peter wanting to use it and Kitty thinking it dangerous. Having almost literally just become an official item, how this will affect their relationship cannot be anything but bad. The ending of the book is a little bit to be expected as most events involving cosmic objects tend to go this way, but at least it was executed well. Valerio Schiti provides some nice clean artwork and it is great to see Sam Alexander, the new Nova, make an appearance as well. Two chapters in and things are heating up rather quickly. This was also one of the best issues to come along in a while on the book and hopefully marks a turn for the better.
3.5 out of 5
Writer – Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn
Artist – Scott McDaniel, Tyler Kirkham, Jorge Jiminez, Eduardo Pansica, Marc Deering, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, R.B. Silva, Walden Wong
Colours – Matt Yackey
Things are not looking good for our heroes in the slightest. The Parliament of Earth has very nearly been defeated with Green Lantern the last standing avatar unable to do anything about their extinction. The fire pits upon the Earth have started back up and Apokolips has launched some atrocious doomsday type weapons to start terraforming the planet. Unless Jimmy Olson, Mr. Terrific or anyone else can pull a rabbit out of a hat, the Earth is surely doomed. It is great to see everything finally coming to a head, not only in this title but in Futures End as well. While the other title has gone on for a far longer time, even this title seemed to be padded out just a little bit. As it is, the title has been doing a much better job of getting to its conclusion than its companion. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a hero or heroes facing impossible odds and overcoming them in a title yet the heroes of Earth 2 are doing the former and not much of the latter. It is starting to look like they will not come out on the winning end on this one. Batman and Huntress are still teaming up which is really great to see, Mr. Miracle and his party are not having the best of luck and the underground shelter that was supposed to keep everyone safe is being breached. There is so much going on and it is a wonder that one book is able to handle it. The only downside to everything is the mismatched artwork which thankfully does not completely ruin the story, though at this point so close to the end it is doubtful to get any better.
3.5 out of 5