This is a book full of beginnings of Guardians of the Galaxy stories. Very few stories in this collection were complete. I was disappointed in the way this novel was constructed. I know I usually give a summary first, but this book is so many stories at once, to the point to where it’s difficult for me to make a summary.
I do love Guardians of the Galaxy, both comics and movies. However this comic collection bummed me out.
There was two stories with Rocket Raccoon and Groot as the main characters that had a conclusive ending. I do love Groot, he is a great and lovable character even though he doesn’t say much.
There was also 3 retro comics at the end, one starring Thor. He runs into Drax and Moondragon, and the story involving these seemingly unrelated heroes comes full circle in a way I did not expect.
The other 2 retro comics in this volume were about Thanos, the mad titan. They were both stories about how his reign of terror has gotten to the point where there was no turning back for redemption.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this graphic novel to anyone unless there’s no other Guardian of the Galaxy graphic novels at the local library. In my opinion, this was a waste of time and money. I only liked it for the stories about Groot and Rocket Raccoon and the stories about Thor and Thanos.
*No Major Spoilers*
This action packed comic follows Gwen Stacy as she struggles with the responsibilities of being Spider-Woman and the dangers that come with being a hero in a society that sees heroes as the enemy. While she’s mourning the loss of her friend Peter Parker, Frank Castle is hot on her trail. He’s determined to find out the identity of Spider-Woman and bring her and her associates to justice.
This comic takes place in the alternate universe, Earth-65. So things are different from the comics that take place on Earth-616. I will not spoil how things are different in this story, I will leave that up to you guys to find out.
After the epic plot twist that leaves me thirsty for more, there’s a short story following Gwen and her friends The Mary Janes. It’s Halloween night, and to get their thrills they go to an abandoned amusement park, which was owned by Mysterio, and crazy hi-jinks ensue.
I have been wanting to explore the Spider-Gwen story-line ever since they announced it. However, with me having a temporary burnout on comics, I’m a bit late to the game. No matter, this thrilled me as much as I was hoping it would!
All the characters were well written and well used. I felt like Gwen Stacy was kind of a cardboard character though. I felt like she was only pushed to action when things got dire.
Even with its pros and cons, I still loved this story and its take on an alternate universe where things aren’t as they seem.
*No Major Spoilers*
This epic comic follows the group of street-level heroes; Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Black Cat, Shang-Chi, Tarantula, and Humbug.
They get hired by a young boy looking for his stolen robot, a jewelry store owner looking for diamond thieves, and S.H.I.E.L.D wanting to capture a caveman and his T-Rex friend for scientific studies. Will this rag-tag group of heroes live up to the task? Or will there be too much to handle?
Even though I am not familiar with all of these characters, I was engaged in the plot as well as wanting to know what happens next! However, I felt like this group was too large for the tasks at hand. Often times feeling like some of the characters weren’t given much to do. Overall, I still enjoyed this classic adventure comic!
My favorite part, that’s not a major spoiler, is how Misty Knight is able to lead this mismatched group of heroes into getting the job done. I like a strong female lead when she’s not being a jerk about it.
My least favorite part (I don’t think it’s a major spoiler, it didn’t really have anything to do with the main plot) was when Shang-Chi and Tarantula got involved romantically during the S.H.I.E.L.D. mission. To me, it was unnecessary and just page filler.
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Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed my review on Shark Island by Chris Jameson. I was just wanting to share an update involving my plans/ideas for this blog.
I was thinking about next week reviewing a small group of comic books. Alternating between Marvel and DC comics naturally. That will give me time not only to read the next novel I have planned but to keep the flow of this blog going.
Let me know your thoughts and opinion on this idea please. I’m open to new ideas and constructive criticism.
Hope to see you soon for Marvel week!