Guardians of the Galaxy

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 show up to cause a little mayhem at the Marvel Studios panel.

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Picking up where the last episode left off, “I Feel the Earth Move” boils down into basically two separate fight sequences with the Guardians of the Galaxy taking on Thanos (Isaac C. Singleton Jr.) who now has control of the Cosmic Seed. The first encounter in the Himalayan Mountains doesn’t turn out all too well for our heroes (although it does allow them to temporarily remove Thanos from Earth), while the second encounter in New York City puts the entire planet at risk as the heroes not only have to worry about Thanos (whose power to create tentacle vines doesn’t appear as threatening as it probably should) but also Ronan (Jonathan Adams) who plans to kill Thanos by destroying the planet.

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In “I’ve Been Searching So Long” the Guardians remain on Earth searching for the Cosmic Seed in the former home of Attilan deep in the Himalayan Mountains. The closer the Guardians get the seed each begins to experience visions similar to those of Peter Quill (Will Friedle) and they will be tempted to steal the seed for themselves. The team’s infighting comes at a horrible moment, allowing Ronan (Jonathan Adams) to sweep in and steal the prize. Although they Guardians are able to rally and retrieve the Cosmic Seed from their foe things take another dark turn with the arrival of Thanos (Isaac C. Singleton Jr.). Providing lots of action, the Cosmic Seed storyline wanes as the episode repeats Ronan’s control over the seed with Thanos leaving a cliffhanger which suggests the Guardians will need to regroup give us a very similar episode next week.

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The search for the Cosmic Seed leads Peter Quill (Will Friedle) and Cosmo (James Arnold Taylor) to Earth with Korath (Dave Fennoy) on their heels. Separated from the rest of the Guardians, Star Lord and the telepathic dog will have to deal with Korath and his soldiers alone with their only help coming from Peter’s childhood bully. Cosmo is one of my favorite Guardians, so it’s nice to see him back in action here. Despite his army, Korath continues to be a rather uninteresting villain. Quill’s return home, however, does have its moments, especially concerning Cosmo’s attempts to blend in and later following the arrival of the rest of the Guardians.

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Seeking to set right a past wrong, Gamora (Vanessa Marshall) ditches the rest of the Guardians and attempts to return the Gravity Matrix she once stole for Ronan to the planet of Soonevh. Unaware she’s walking into a trap set by Ronan (Jonathan Adams) and Nebula (Cree Summer), Gamora is forced into gladiator-style combat to save the planet (if not herself) from Ronan’s wrath. Thankfully, her pals don’t hold her zapping them into submission against her and show up just in the nick of time.

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The latest issue of Guardians Team-Up pairs Gamora and She-Hulk together when Thanos‘ daughter ends up on Earth hunted by an army of Chitauri. While She-Hulk is mistaken by the aliens as their prey Gamora is mistaken for local police for New York’s favorite green-skinned lawyer/super-hero.

I wouldn’t call Guardians Team-Up disappointing exactly but with the wide range of possible team-ups the Marvel Universe offers the comic hasn’t exactly lived up to its premise. Although I had a mixed reaction to Otto Schmidt’s artwork, the pairing of Gamora and She-Hulk is the first issue of the series to really capture the madcap fun such a title can be used for.

I could have done without the flashbacks to Gamora’s childhood with her father which feel a bit unnecessary, and take pages away from the damage the two women can inflict on an entire spaceship of baddies (especially after they start dressing alike). And at $4 a pop the comic still feels a bit overpriced for what its offering. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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LEGO A Hero’s Reward (Star Wars + Guardians of the Galaxy + Firefly)

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Pre-order your own Guardians of the Galaxy Thanos 6-Inch Pop! Vinyl Bobble Head Figure for the low, low price of $15.

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How Guardians of the Galaxy Should Have Ended

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Only two issues in the latest series featuring the original team of the Guardians of the Galaxy begins to stall. Although Guardians 3000 #2 ends on an interesting note involving a Tony Stark reference, the events of the latest issue don’t do much to push forward the near-identical (but now less interesting) series of events from the first issue. Plus we don’t get any dimensional swapping meaning we’re left with a version of the Guardians with a female Starhawk and no Aleta that just feels wrong.

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