Script Donny Cates
Penciler Cory Smith
Inker Victor Olazaba
Colorist David Curiel
Letterer VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Artists Patch Zircher & Dean White
Mary Jane Variant Cover Artists Arthur Adams & Federico Blee
It seems strange to be having such a fun time while watching a character that I’ve grown fond of, very fond of, over a number of years, which will soon be written with two digits, die slowly and in a manner that character would find humiliating. But I am. This Guardians run, those issues I’ve had the pleasure of reading since my return to comics, has been outstanding.
As I always do, I’ll talk about the writer, in this case, Donny Cates, first. His handling of these characters, their interactions with each other and the world around them, is perfect. He’s either loved these characters for years, or paid incredibly close attention to the materials that Marvel sent to prepare him for his leadership of the book. Whichever it is, every time Peter Quill, or Rocket Raccoon, open their mouths, my belief in the goodness of Mankind increases. The evidence for this salient statement lies at the bottom left corner of page nine, and on the bottom right corner of page sixteen, ha! Mr. Cates, please keep it up.
I believe, because I can’t remember, that I’ve been writing very positive things about our artist for the book, Cory Smith. That is a trend that I foresee will continue as long as he remains on the series, if you don’t have this book, buy it or find it, then start to flip through its pages, taking care to do it in a manner most sensual, and you will see what I mean.
Mr. Smith has created some very beautiful, and original, work in this book. For the beauty look at page Six, the first panel, a close up of Magus, this illustration caught my eye and held it longer than most of the others, excepting the last panel on the last page, that was a close second, and also a close up of Magus. For something original, and fun, the monsters that Magus turned into pets were excellent. If you don’t have the book, which you should, they’re something the size of a Labrador that looks like a cross between a Graboid and Sandworm, I really enjoyed those.
I have to apologize, for Mr. Smith has caused me a fair bit of anger on Rockets behalf. On page Eight, in the second to last panel, Corey Smith drew poor Rocket Raccoon, who is in no shape to defend himself from such humiliation, in a way that made him look vulnerable, and worst of all, cute! Rocket Raccoon is many things, but vulnerable and cute, I’m sure he’d say, are not among them.
The colorwork in the book was good. David Curiel is showing us he loves his brushes and dyes. Any of the panels with Star-Lord’s father, J’Son, and especially Drax, the Destroyer Reborn, show this.
The cover, by artists Patch Zircher & Dean White, was fitting, gloomy, and very, very well done. How they drew Groot, who is growing a bouquet of flowers out of his hand and grieving over Rocket’s grave, was beautiful.
This was a fun, but sad, issue, I’m praying that this doesn’t go the way I fear it will, with Rockets death and absence from these books for the next few years.
Fighting an intergalactic cult is hard work, it would be much easier to pick up this book and…
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