Mind Capsules – Guardians of the Galaxy #1 and Jem and the Holograms #8

Guardians of the Galaxy #1
Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Writer – Brian Michael Bendis
Artist – Valerio Schiti
Colours – Richard Isanove

Thanks to the latest big event at Marvel, Secret Wars for those that do not know, nearly every title is getting a fresh, new number one including this book, Guardians of the Galaxy. The creative team remains intact from the last run which was a little disappointing at first as Bendis seemed to have lost his focus come the end of it, but this first issue gives the reader a little hope as it starts off stronger than it has been in a while. This team of Guardians is a little different as we are missing a couple of members, namely Gamora and Peter Quill, but it has gained one in the form of Benjamin J. Grimm. Groot has some sort of strange hairdo going on that looks ridiculous, the mantle of Star-Lord has now been taken up by Kitty Pryde, Annihilus and the Brood Queen are looking to stir up a little trouble and Peter is bored out of his mind as the new ruler of Spartax. All in all, it is a fairly normal day for the Guardians and the universe at large. While the book does not spoil anything that has happened during Secret Wars, it does giveaway a little of the current situation in the universe, including the fact that most of what Bendis had instituted before has carried over and essentially, nothing has changed. It is not especially surprising, but it would have been nice to see some of what Bendis had done reversed, but such as it is, the man delivers a fun story packed with action and humour and maybe by taking a break from the title for a number of months, it has somewhat recharged his batteries. There is a cliff-hanger at the end of the book that brings back a team member and introduces us to a new villain and it looks as if our heroes are going to be in for a fight when the next issue rolls around. With some great artwork and a place in the Marvel Universe for the Thing, though it may not be what we exactly want to see, this new start is a good one and it will be interesting to see where it goes next.

3.5 out of 5

Jem and the Holograms #8
Jem and the Holograms #8

Writer – Kelly Thompson
Artist – Emma Vieceli
Colours – M. Victoria Robado

Jerrica is feeling overwhelmed because everything seems to fall on her shoulders. At the end of the day though, she loves her sisters and they love her and that makes it all worth it. On the other side of the fence, the Misfits have just been awarded a tour, but before they get to that, there is a little matter of crashing the Holograms’ Halloween party. The big difference between this book and the television cartoon is the fact that when doing musical sequences, they were definitely made for the small screen and work much better there than the printed page. So while it fits with the property, reading them is not exactly the same as listening to and watching them. If there is one fault to be had with this book, it is that and not only because of that reason but also because it takes away from the amount of story we could be reading. As it is, the book is highly entertaining and this issue sees a bit of scheming coming not only from Pizzazz, but also from an unexpected place, namely Rio who wants to know just what it is that Jem and the Holograms are hiding. The way the book is left off, it looks as if everything will come to a boiling point in the next issue and what that means for Jerrica, for Jem, for the Holograms and for Synergy remains to be seen but it should be a lot of fun finding out.

4 out of 5

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