Mind Capsules – Guardians of the Galaxy #27 and Jem and the Holograms #3

Guardians of the Galaxy #27
Guardians of the Galaxy #27

Writer – Brian Michael Bendis
Artist – Valerio Schiti
Colours – Jason Keith

Peter and the gang might think that their new positions on Spartax will be a walk in the park but when a giant planet appears in the sky and its people attack, there is nothing to do except fight back. So the Guardians do and it turns out to be the Chitauri whose leader feels a need to exact his revenge upon Gamora and her associates for her relationship with Thanos, being his daughter and all. While you can always expect the Guardians to come out on top, sometimes barely and by the skin of their teeth, the ending to this tale is somewhat unexpected. As the Guardians wrap up their current run thanks to Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti heading into Secret Wars, it does so with a fun-filled and action-packed issue. The Guardians are in fine form and what is funny to see is how everyone thinks that it is somehow Peter’s fault, much to his objections. Of course, everyone gets in a few good lines over the course of the book courtesy of Bendis who always does a great job in the dialogue department. Though everything wraps up for now, not every hanging thread had time to be resolved. Over the course of the series there have been stories good and bad, much like every series to have ever been published, yet this title has featured more of those that simply run down the middle, not bad but not exciting and sometimes even boring. If there was one negative to be said about this series as a whole, it is that. Thankfully the book ends on a high note and with everything you could ever want to see happening. Once this title starts back up when Secret Wars is over, because it will start up once again, and while Bendis and company did their best, it would be nice to see a new creative team hop on board to breathe some life into the title and take it to new heights.

4 out of 5

Jem and the Holograms #3
Jem and the Holograms #3

Writer – Kelly Thompson
Artist – Sophie Campbell
Colours – M. Victoria Robado

Jerrica is out on a date with Rio and everything is going great, better than that even. And while the rest of the Holograms are doing their thing and are generally in a good mood due to all the success they are having, Kimber is a little down in the dumps because her date did not go well. Most of that, or all of that, can be attributed to Pizzazz of the Misfits who is in a continual state of rage, not only because Stormer was out on a date with Kimber but because of the Holograms success as well. Jem and the Holograms keeps going strong in this third issue and it not only captures the feel of the cartoon, but also expands beyond it with some really great characterization for all of our various players as well as really delving into their origin. One thing that really stands out is that Jerrica is a bigger part of the book than Jem is which is perfect as Jem should be that superhero type character that should only be brought out when needed. Other things that really make this book great is Kimber being in love with a Misfit and the fact that unlike the animated series, not all of these characters are one single body type, instead representing the way normal people look, essentially anyways. The story is fun and lighthearted and is something that anyone of any age could enjoy should they give it a chance though it would be great to actually hear the music and if IDW can somehow arrange that, this comic would be perfect. As it stands, Jem is a great read and the battle between the Holograms and the Misfits cannot come fast enough.

4 out of 5

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