Writer: Brian Michael Bendis; Artist: Valerio Schiti; Colors: Jason Keith; Cover: Schiti & Keith
Political intrigue and turmoil threaten the galaxy and it’s Guardians. We are finally paying off Peter’s election to the presidency. We also see some residual effects of the Black Vortex saga in Groot’s dreadlocked appearance and Gamora’s new digs.
There’s always time for comedy.
The latter half of the issue is a montage of the team experiencing the good life of royalty, and Peter in his meeting with Togth and Glogug. The delegates explain that Spartax on the cusp of becoming the true center of the galaxy. This idea ties into the final issue of Legendary Star-Lord where his sister Victoria obtains the seed of the new Supreme Intelligence for the Kree. Is Peter now ready to make this leap and adjust his philosophy? We’re not sure but something is about to force his hand at the end of the issue rumblings occur in Spartax.
The planet is shaking because a living planet, The Kindun, is coming towards Spartax and it’s driver is after Gamora. He hates Thanos so he’s after his daughter and the broadcast of the Guardian’s arrival in Spartax let him know where to go. He brought Chitauri with him. Some epic fighting takes place. Venom gets unleashed and teams up with Rocket. Drax and Groot cover the ground and lead the Royal Army against the insurgents. It’s a well done battle scene and Gamora convinces Kindun to leave if he knows what is good for him after surviving his trap.
Kitty’s pick me up at the end of the last issue is wonderful. You can feel the love and sense of character that Bendis has over Kitty Pryde. I’m not sure I fully grasped why folks gravitate towards her so much but that last page did it for me.
I enjoy breaking down the construction of elaborate splash pages. The art by Valerio keeps climbing my chart of influences. He won’t supplant those top notch guys but for the artists that are consisitently working on books, I look forward to the art always. I know he won’t take off a page or two and mail them in. It’s all consistent.
I’m eager to see where the series goes after Secret Wars. Before that though, I have to get through Guardians of Knowhere. That should be good. Until next time…