With Gamora and Ant-Man escaping from their tight situation through a last-minute gambit on Scott’s part, they return to the Nova HQ to report their success.
Elsewhere, Star-Lord meets up with his old friend and legendary Nova, Richard Rider. After catching up, the two go to investigate the Nova outpost which has been off the radar for some time.
Guardians of the Galaxy puts forth a robust read this issue, managing to wrap up the Gamora and Ant-Man plot nicely and launching into the more central narrative of Rich Rider and the Nova Corps traitors.
It paces itself very well, with decent jokes mixed in with plot points to expand the intrigue of the overall plot.
Like the last issue, it’s not especially exciting with the ending reveal notwithstanding. It’s not especially fast moving, and there aren’t any pivotal fight scenes to astonish the reader.
That is to say that the book does its job well without going too far above and beyond what’s expected. I can confidently say that it surpasses much of Bendis’ offerings, with that book being among his weakest projects during his Marvel tenure. It doesn’t reach Abnett and Lanning level of incredible either though. It doesn’t bore or exasperate, but it doesn’t astonish either.
It’s just solidly good, and I liked it.
Marcus To’s artwork continues to support the book well. It’s very detailed, a little rough-and-ready like the Guardians themselves, and he handles action sequences well, giving them appropriate flare. Ian Herring’s color work is a little faded while still remaining bright and attractive.
Guardians of the Galaxy #147 continues to show promise in the future of Gerry Duggan’s run on the team. It is a solid read, even if it isn’t the most exciting of chapters. It earns a recommendation, and you should read it.
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