Review – Guardians of The Galaxy #5 (2015)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Valerio Schiti

Cover: Art Adams

GOG #5
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Published by: Marvel Comics

Last Raccoon standing! The Guardians face their toughest battle ever and aren’t going to make it out the same way they came in!

Things continue to get worst for the Guardians, after barely surviving an attack from Hala the Accuser, Peter and company are again attacked but this time by Yotat and like Hala he’s hell bend on taking out Drax and the other guardians, Peter doesn’t understand why Yotat is attacking them and he tries to reason with him but Yotat isn’t having it, but kitty gives us some insight of why Yotat is so gun hoe about killing them. 3 months ago the guardians where on Knowhere when they ran into Yotat for the first time, He was extorting some local traffickers when Kitty Pride steps in and Drax attacks him for behind and Rocket blast’s him with a rocket and like that the fight ends. We also get an appearance of the Knowhere Corps, they come and take Yotat away.

Back in the present time Peter finds Gamora and calls for medics to come take her, we then get a brief glimpse of baby Groot, Meanwhile Peter and the council members are discussing the fate of Hala and Yotat, Peter becomes angry when the council agrees to give Hala back to the Kree and place the blame of the attack on Spartax all on him, they try to arrest him but Kitty phases him out and they escape Spartax. Issue ends with Annihilus and Brood Queen hinting that their plan of having Spartax over throw Peter was a success and now is the perfect time for them to make a move.

Conclusion: This was a closing of the first many subplots in this arc, while it didn’t have a crazy plot twist or conclusion, it did bring back Peter as full time member of the team. The question now is, will he take over as leader? And will he take the mental of Star Lord again?.

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Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆ 

Review: Guardians of The Galaxy #4 (2015)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Valerio Schiti
Cover: Art Adams
Published by: Marvel Comics

Guardians of the Galaxy #4
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A new threat to the galaxy has emerged. His name is Yotat the Destroyer and he will have blood

The issue continues with Hala the Accuser’s hot their trail Gamora buys the team time by jumping at Hala to keep her from catching them, Peter and a few others are shocked by Gamora’s actions and want to go back and save her but Rocket is against it reminding them that they barely got away, after quick debate the team decides to go back and save Gamora in the after math of that team is divided on whether they should go back and save her. Back on Spartax Hala is given Gamora a serious beat down, just when it looks like she’s going to finish her off the rest of the team arrive and being to fight Hala back, Peter tries to reason with Hala saying that his father was the one who destroyed her planet not him, but to Hala it doesn’t matter and she continues to attack them, anticipating Hala’s answer the team executes one last plan by having The Thing surprise attack from above.

With Hala down the for count the team started to relax a little bit, Peter and Kitty share a moment, with Kitty stating that he can finally fix his planet and their relationship, but that is short lived when Yotat The Destroyer of Destroyers arrives claiming to want revenge as well.

Conclusion: Guardians of the Galaxy #4 is has all the things a Bendis written comic is known for, I always enjoyed his character dialog and interactions whenever there’s multiple characters, he makes sure that every character is present at that moment and not a lot of writers do that, some writers don’t, a lot of times it seems like they forget to include the secondary characters in crucial moments of the story, at last Valerio Schiti deserves the equal amount of praise as Bendis, his clean and very detailed art style makes for a dam near perfect comic. While it may come off like I’m biased towards Bendis I assure I’m not, I’m just given him and the people working with him on this run there proper praise

 

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Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Guardians of The Galaxy #1 (2015)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Valerio Schiti
Cover: Art Adams
Published by: Marvel Comics293474._SX640_QL80_TTD_

8 months after the Secret Wars the team of Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Venom (Flash Thompson), Groot, Thing and Star Lord aka Kitty Pride are the new Guardians of the Galaxy, with Kitty being the new Star Lord, since Peter Quill left the team to take over as the new king of the Spartax Empire. Rocket Raccoon takes over as the active leader, jumping into this issue I had my doubts of this new team mostly because members Thing, Venom and Kitty Pride, I feared that the trademark sarcasm amongst the members would be lost, but that’s not the case in this issue.

The issue starts with the team running into a single Chitauri ship, and some that classic quirkiness is shown when Rocket asks Kitty if she’s going to do the “Thing”, which turns out to be her phasing through laser fire while doing spinning pirouettes, when it’s all said and done the team makes quick work of the ship, but not before taking a mysterious item from the ship. Meanwhile on Spartax Peter is debating whether to leave his duties as King and head back to exploring the cosmos again, it’s obvious that Peter isn’t interested or confident on being the King of Spartax and is kind of looking for a way out.

Back on the Guardians ship the team is curious about the mysterious item but are afraid to open it, a funny moment happens between Kitty and Rocket when she suggest taking it to Peter without actually saying it. When the Group reach Spartax they are greeted by Peter, Rocket gives the item to him and Peter promises to them that his science council will take a look at.  The issue concludes when an object crashes down in front of Peter and company, the team becomes shock when they see that the object wasn’t an object but heavily injured Gamora who informs them that Hala the Destroyer of Worlds is here to destroy them, in the finally panel we see Hala dropping down full deck out in armor ready for battle.

Guardians of The Galaxy #1 (2015) is well balanced issue, granted there isn’t any character development due to it being a continuation of secret wars event. Bendis still gives you that classic Guardians humor despite having a new team who aren’t known for their humor. We get great insight of how different the team is without Peter Quill along with how he’s dealing with being king of Spartax, I always enjoyed the balance writing Bendis’s shows in his runs.

Artist Valerio Schiti illustrates all the emotions and expressions with pefection in moments where it should be demonstarted in, hopefully he sticks around for the entirety of bendis’s run

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Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #10

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
Cover Artist: David Marquez, Justin Ponsor
Published by: Marvel Comics

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David Marquez & Justin Ponsor Cover

When Miles Morales revealed to his father and girlfriend that he was spider-man the reaction he receive was not what he’d expected, both his father and girlfriend turned away from him all for good reason, for one his girlfriend’s parents are undercover Hydra agents and the second being his father used to be a S. H. I. E. L. D agent. But at least one of the two most important people in his life came back, his father Jefferson return and is trying to work things out but how long will that secret affect him in the long run given who is brother was?. As for Katie there’s more questions, one important one being what will her parents do?

The issue starts off with Maria Hill and NYPD following lead which turns out to be nothing due to the counterparts knowing the bust was going to happened, back at Miles school his principle and father are talking about Miles future and how Jefferson is an important figure in his life now, you can clearly see miles father is still struggling with his sons secret. Meanwhile Miles runs into Sabertooth and Electro who are fighting over some cash the recently dead Norman Osborne had left, Miles intervenes once a bus full of innocent students are almost harmed, just when it looked like Spider-man would have a two on the one Cloak and Dagger appear and assist him.

Once it’s all over Miles asks Dagger for some girl advice which doesn’t turn out well so he decides to head over to Katie’s house and talk to her about but when he gets there Katie’s father answers the door, the conversation between them is a typical father boyfriend talk he gives Miles a glass of water and continues to talk, things change once Katie’s father ask how Miles received his powers, Miles is stunned and starts to fall asleep due to being drug.

Final thoughts: This was a setup character for the upcoming issue, although it didn’t start or look that way it, but that’s just a testament of Bendis’s writing, For the most part it looked as if this was going to be what I call “A push along” issue for which nothing really happens we get more character development and other things of that nature, The ending is where everything turns around and ends with a nice Cliffhanger.

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Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★☆☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Marvel’s Sneak Peek: All-New X-Men #9

As part of Marvel NOW!, ALL-NEW X-MEN  joins a number of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top super heroes to deliver all-new ongoing series, great for new and lapsed readers alike!

Each issue of ALL-NEW X-MEN includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Touch® & Android devices) and features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #9
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art & Cover by Stuart Immonen

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First Look: Uncanny X-Men #3

On March 13,  The UNCANNY X-MEN #3 by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo. Will continue check out what Magneto, Cyclops and Emma Frost have in store!

Uncanny X-Men #3 
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Chris Bachalo
• Everything has changed for Magneto in the last few weeks. Can he prove he is still the Master of Magnetism?
• Cyclops and the rest of his crew take the revolution on the road gathering up more new mutants. 
On Sale March 13

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Marvel’s Sneak Peak – Guardians Of The Galaxy #1

Fans of the Guadians of the Galaxy series should be ecstatic about Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven teaming up to bring it back, the series offcially debuts next month March 27 so be on the look out.

“Some threats to all of reality prove to be bigger than even the Avengers can handle, and that’s when you call in Peter Quill’s team of space-faring heroes. Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and new addition Iron Man will have their hands full as Marvel NOW! cranks up the outer space intrigue!”

Take a look at McNiven’s awsome pencil work for Guardians Of The Galaxy, i gotta say McNiven’s work looks amazing!

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Guardians Of The Galaxy #0.1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Steve McNiven
On Sale February 27

Guardians Of The Galaxy #1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Steve McNiven
On Sale March 27

Review – Spider-Men #5 – ” Guess This Is Goodbye Huh!”

Jim Cheung Cover

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Sara Pichelli
Cover by: Jim Cheung
Variant Cover by: Travis Charest, Sara Pichellis,

This Issue concludes the meeting between Spider-Man (616) Peter Parker and Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales, While the story isn’t as climatic as it should have been it’s still a very good and entertaining for a mini-series writer Brian Michael Bendis humor and wit, most noticeably in scenes with Miles and Peter or Ultimate Iron Man and Nick Fury. Bendis nails each of these characters, Both Iron Man and Nick Fury’s sense of humor resemble its movie counter-part.

Spider-men #5 consists of a hysterical Mysterio being overwhelmed by the likes of both spidey’s and The Avengers, in a last ditch effort he drops some kind of chemical agent that causes hallucination, but that’s quickly put to rest by Miles who lands a couple of kicks to Mysterio and from there Fury and the others coming up with a perfect solution to deal with the villain, one a few emotional sense come when Peter and Miles say goodbye to one another , as the portal closes Peter shoots Miles a little words of wisdom but is interrupted when the portal finally closes on him, the interesting part is Peter is telling Miles something very important but couldn’t finish. The issue and series ends on a interesting note when Peter Parker back in 616 timeline checks to see if there’s a Miles Morales in his time.

If Marvel is smart they should keep Sara Pichelli around for more projects her work is dam near perfect in every issue, one of her strong points to me is her action sequences she nails all the body positions and facial expressions in every panel, Pichelli also blends 616 and Ultimate elements together smoothly throughout the 5 issues, you can say I’m so what of a fanboy to Sara Pichelli, and your probably right, but you can’t say the girl doesn’t have skill when it comes to the pen.

With the crossover ending the way it did I wouldn’t bee surpised if they continue the storyline in the near future, while it may not be a classic Spidey story arc Spider-Men #1-5 is an enjoyable series and has its moments, because it is written so well I think Marvel has something here in terms of long haul I can see Miles as Peters side kick in the 616 universe or Peter making appearances in the Ultimate universe.

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

 

Review – Spider-Men #4 – “Peter Parker Goes Home”

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Sara Pichelli
Cover by: Justin Ponsor & Jimmy Cheung
Variant Cover by: Jim Cheung, Sara Pichellis, Mike Deodato

Ponsor & Cheung

When Peter returns to Aunt May’s at the end of issue #3, I mentioned that was anxious to find out how this meeting was going to pan out. I also said that the story would get more depth and more emotional. I was right to think so as Spider-Men #4 with Brian Michael Bendis fills this issue with lots emotional moments, something you would expect considering the tragedies of the Ultimate universe. Bendis nails it on this issue with the interaction and emotion between the characters as it is what makes this issue very solid. Each character has a different reaction to Peter’s return, most noticeably Aunt May’s anger and confusion which leads to her fainting, or MJ who is too hurt to even see him. Then, there’s Gwen who at first is angered but quickly over it and acting like a normal teenager all the while young Miles is borderline obsessing over Peter’s web shooters. Every character has a different reaction to his appearance which I find exuberant.

Once again Sara Pichelli brings all of Bendis work to life in this issue, accenting the moments of this series with emotional details. She visibly catches the moments that I noted earlier about with sharp attention in each panel. Pichelli’s work in this series and series of the past demonstrate that she is a master of detailing. Her work is always on point, from character designs, action movement sequences, page layouts and perspective. She is in my opinion, one of the best artists Marvel has right now and I know I’m not the only one who feels the same way.

Final thoughts: When reading issues #1-4 you can tell that Bendis enjoys writing for Spider-Men, his work is very consistent while working in humor and delivering emotion in different situations. Every character is handled with a personal touch that brings out their unique feelings. In the end Spider-Men #4 is the best issue so far and is a turning point for this story, hopefully Bendis can finish this off strong.

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

 

 

Review – Spider-Men #3 – “Spider-Men vs Mysterio”

Written by:  Brian Michael Bendis
Art by:  Sara Pichelli
Cover by: Justin Ponsor & Jimmy Cheung
Variant Cover by: Sara Pichellis,Rainier Beredo,Terry & Rachel Dodson

Jim Cheung
Jim Cheung

After blowing up the helicopter Peter and Miles confront the avatar of Mysterio, a brash Miles jumps into action without hesitation and is quickly taken down. At that moment Peter begins to understand situation and tells the younger spider-man to step so he can handled it, but before he can come up with a plan they hit with one of Mysterio’s illusions and are attack by a barrage of 616 and Ultimate villains. Form hear the action plays out with the two spider-men clashing with the likes of Green Goblin, Venom and Miles uncle Aaron, the action in this section is kinda straight forward with the two spidey’s taking down Mysterio quite easy, you would think when Miles is confronted by his uncle would produce some drama but that’s not the case here. Bendis could have done alot of things here by inserting some humor or more emotion as the two tag team it out.

Form there the story picks up allitle bit when Nick Fury and the The Ultimates show up at the end of the Mysterio fight. Bendis sheds more light on the tech Mysterio is working with, meanwhile peter takes off to resume his quest to find out what has exactly happened to the Spider-Man of this world. The last last few pages of this issues does show more emotion and the humor that was missing earlier, notably when Peter finds out the truth about himself and when he returns home and confronts Aunt May and Gwen. Although the script in this issue missed in alot of areas, the one thing that was a hit is Sara Pichelli artwork it’s very consistent in each panel action or non action, character figures are spot on as she blends the 616 and Ultimate villains together.

Spider-Men #3 is a decent issues but considering there’s only a few more issues left in the series, I expect the story to get deeper and more emotionally. Let’s see if Issue #4 will answer that call, I’m anxious to find-out

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆