Yondu #3 Review

by Nick Devonald on December 11, 2019

Writers: Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler
Artist: John McCrea
Colors: Mike Spicer
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna

This is what I’ve been waiting for from this series. This issue is exactly how I thought this series would go, and the reason I was so disappointed with the second issue. In all honesty they could have skipped over that whole second issue and gone straight to this one and I would be raving about how good this series is. On the other hand if the rest of the series is as strong as this issue then I’ll end up raving anyway. It might work better in a trade, but as a monthly comic that second issue was not good.

So what was so good about this one then? For starters it mostly focuses on the two Yondu’s, who are the total antithesis of each other. This is the conflict we’ve needed, not physical conflict but conflict of beliefs. This is the buddy movie which has been promised all along.

For me the buddy movie works so well because it’s a chance to really examine a character by contrasting them with their polar opposites. Both characters have suffered tradegies in their lives and their way of dealing has taken completely different turns. You can’t help but wonder if the circumstances were changed slightly could either one have turned out as the other?

As the series progresses I suspect we’ll see quite a lot of character development between the two of them, as they realise that their points of view might not be quite as clear cut as they thought. Present day Yondu will realise there’s a place for heroes, and sometimes it’s good to look out for more than just number one. And Future Yondu will realise the universe isn’t as honourable as he thinks.

Another advantage of focusing the series on minor character(s) like Yondu is there is no guarantee he’s going to make it out of this one. As the threats against them keep mounting up there is a real possibility that one or both of them won’t make it out of this in one piece.

I still think the art is fantastic, I’m a big fan of what John McCrea does here. He is really well suited to this series, he contrasts nicely between the two Yondu’s and their point of view. There is a grittiness present here which fits perfectly.

Mike Spicers’ colors also work great here. The blues and reds in particular are a stand out against the background really well and makes the characters front and center in each panel.

The buddy movie we’ve been promised all along, I look forward to seeing the conflict growing between the two Yondu’s, and seeing if they’re both going to make it out of this in one piece.

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