Guardians of the Galaxy #2 Review

by Harlan Ivester on February 20, 2019

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Geoff Shaw
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Publisher: Marvel Comics

            Guardians of the Galaxy #2 pulls things along just as well as the last issue did. Initially, it did bring up some concerns regarding the good ol’ movie synergy we all know and love, but Cates handles misdirection well. Not that it’s not warranted, but people hoping to get right to the action will be a little disappointed that this issue spends more time setting the stage for the team to form. We do get plenty of fun “confrontations” instead. Peter drunk dialing Kitty Pryde is something I never knew I wanted. It just makes too much sense and I’m surprised it took this long for it to happen. As for the tangible plot, it points to a decision that feels out of character for Cosmic Ghost Rider. Him being on board with killing Gamora feels like it doesn’t line up with where he was at at the end of his mini-series, which is strange considering Cates wrote that as well.

            Geoff Shaw’s pencils feel more refined for the most part, although there are a few moments where things feel a little rushed. The best moments are when things get especially crazy and on a larger scale, but unfortunately, this issue doesn’t allow him to cut loose quite like the last did. Gracia’s colors… distract me for some reason. I can’t tell what it is, and I don’t think many people will agree with me, but they feel oddly sectionalized and rigid. I can’t explain it but it dragged me out of the experience for most of the book. Everything’s kind of dark, but then again it actually isn’t when I look at the overall shading. It’s weird.

            Guardians of the Galaxy #2 is a fine follow up, but I wouldn’t call it a must read. Die-hard cosmic fans will want to pick it up, but everyone else will be okay if they hold off for now. The character moments don’t pull you in like they should, and the art is fine when the colors aren’t being distracting. I’d maybe wait to read my review for next issue.

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