All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #4 (seriously, shouldn’t there be a word limit on titles, adding All New just seems to make this title rather unwieldy) continues the fun new direction from new creative team of Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder (with wonderful colours from Ive Svorcina).
What is particularly of interest in this run is this is the most like the film version of Guardians of the Galaxy that the book has ever felt. And while generally the films affecting the comics in such a way can be pretty bad, here it works.
It helps that Duggan, while making the characters’ personalities, relationships and banter feel much more like it does in the hugely successful films, he still takes advantage of the vast array of extra playground and toys that the Marvel Comics Universe has to offer.
Now, the argument has been made that these changes have been happening for a while. But while Brian Michael Bendis leaned into the movies a bit, they still didn’t feel very much like the popular film versions of the characters. Duggan leans into it hard, creating a fun, familiar feel for fans of GotG new and old. And it works.
The whole run has presented us with a fun caper story, with the out of this world, over the top styling we’ve come to expect from the films, but now brought into the comics incredibly successfully, making for a team book that feels just as fun and energetic.
But they have not shied away from the classic iterations of the characters (last issues Gamora-centric aside that revealed her secret personal mission being an excellent example).
What’s great about this series as well is it doesn’t sit on it’s mysteries too long. Withholding info from the reader for too long can really kill a series, particularly one where mysteries in play are part of the story. But All-New Guardians of the Galaxy offer up answers to it’s mysteries fairly readily, making it feel thought out rather than thrown in.
All of this is tied together by some really awesome comic art from Kuder and Svorcina, and in fact the aside issues have some of the best artists in the industry popping up too, so this issue, as have all the others so far, really feels like a worthwhile purchase with great art and story throughout.
And hey, at least this series is safe from Marvel’s early cancellation chop, so we’ll get a creative team capable to telling a full story for a while yet.
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