Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy: New Guard, Volume 1: Emperor Quill Review (Brian Michael Bendis, Valerio Schiti)

Brian Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy might’ve been relaunched with a slightly different lineup - Kitty Pryde is wearing Star-Lord’s clothes and Ben Grimm aka The Thing is there for no reason - but it’s the same repetitive bullshit storylines as before. A powerful alien wants to destroy things - Guardians gotta punch them ‘til they stop! Then, immediately after they stop the powerful alien by out-punching them, another powerful alien appears that they have to stop with punching! I think it’s time Bendis left this title. 

Peter Quill aka Star-Lord is the reluctant leader of Spartax now that his dad has gone somewhere (maybe even died, I’m not a devoted follower of this series) which is a pretty boring development for the character. Bendis seems to take a swipe at the Star Wars prequels through Peter which was amusing: “Trade negotiations?! The taxation of trade routes?! No wonder my dad went insane. He was driven insane with boredom!” - yeah it is boring, so why’re you putting Star-Lord into this position?? 

The book is full of superficial changes and uninspired storylines, aka the Bendis special. Sure he can write dialogue well and Valerio Schiti’s art is decent, but this is yet another unmemorable Guardians book in a long line of them. Move along, nothing to see here!

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