Guardians of the Galaxy #3 Review

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Guardians of the Galaxy #3

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

Pencils by Steve McNiven & Sara Pichelli

Inks by John Dell, Steve McNiven, & Sara Pichelli

Colors by Justin Ponsor

Letters by VC’s Cory Petit

Review by Adam Shaw


What I really love about Guardians of the Galaxy is the amazing dynamic of this hodge-podge team, and the snappy, enjoyable dialog from Bendis. From the art, the action, the humor, story, and the emotion, this book brings it on many levels.

So far, GotG has been fairly humorous. Peter Quill, Tony Stark, and Rocket Raccoon serve up some of the most enjoyable dialog I’ve read in recent memory. That’s because the humor Bendis has injected is believable. These three already possess the gift of the gab, and they do what beings do in crap situations. They use humor to try and make light of what is happening around them. It’s something we’ve seen in countless WWII films.

Gamora, Draxx, and Groot don’t have as much to say as the others, but they still get their moments to shine, and that is all thanks to the art team. If you were to strip the entire dialog from this book, you would still be able to follow the story and understand who each of the characters is. Groot only ever says the same line, “I am Groot.” Here we get to see the emotions that lie under the bark. This is just one panel, but it conveys so much more than I could write here.

Give the letterer some credit as well!

Of course if we were to strip all the dialog we would miss out on half of the fun, but this series isn’t all about blowing things up and having a laugh. That’s a lot of it, but Bendis is able to shift the tone to the more serious when needed. Things are stirring up with Quill’s Father, King J-son, and the Royal Conclave. There is definitely some treachery going on, and it will be interesting to see how Bendis unfolds these events. (Please, don’t wind up like Age of Ultron!)

The Verdict

Buy It! Guardians of the Galaxy #3 brings the milkshake to the yard. You don’t even need to read the previous issues to pick this up (You should, though). Everything you need to know is introduced organically through the story. This is the full package: Great art, characters, story, laughs, murder (BLAM!), and galactic treachery!

Adam is the "Valiant Guy" for Talking Comics. He is the host of the Talking Valiant podcast. Adam also has immense knowledge of the old Star Wars expanded universe. He's a high school English teacher by day, and has a Master's degree…

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