Guardians of the Galaxy #15 isn’t a bad issue, but it’s certainly a tad disappointing as the 19-page adventure feels a whole lot more like graphic novel filler than much of a standalone issue. As set up in the last issue, the Guardians are pretty much screwed. We get glimpses into the fate of each member of the team (Gamora being tortured by the Badoon, Rocket being experimented on by the Kree, Groot fighting off giant termites, Drax fighting despair and imprisonment, and Peter Quill awaiting trial). We also get several pages dealing with a team impersonating Earth’s heroes attempting to lure the newest Guardian off Knowhere.
With so many separate glimpses, and less than 20 pages in which to work, Guardians of the Galaxy #15 doesn’t leave much room to actually move the arc forward (although there’s enough room for lots of ads). Quizzically we get another issue without Angela or any knowledge of her fate. And despite her appearance on the cover, Carol Danvers isn’t part of the story here, although it seems she may have a large role to play in putting the team back together again. For fans.