By Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder & Ive Svorcina
Three years ago Marvel Studios released Guardians of the Galaxy which rapidly rocketed to being one of the biggest domestic films of the year and, in the process, transformed the team into one of Marvel Comic’s most bankable brands. Such success might raise fans’ expectations for Marvel to publish some stellar Guardians yarns; such expectations proved to be misguided. Fans did get a great Rocket Raccoon solo book (or more precisely a string of solo titles, only the last of which disappointed). Unfortunately when the film came out, the main Guardians title was already in the throes of a run by Brian Michael Bendis. Bendis’ time on the title suffered from all of his flaws while benefiting from none of his strengths. Poorly plotted and overly quipy, his Guardians represented the writer in full autopilot mode. After a four year stretch, Bendis’ last issue on the series arrived last month, making way this week for a new relaunch and, most importantly, a new creative team. Right off the bat, writer Gerry Duggan and artist Aaron Kuder inject the title with a delightful energy.
By Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic & Ive Svorcina
Sometimes you need to simply go with your gut. There were a lot of strong comics this week. What made the selection of Finest especially difficult was the wide variety of ground they covered. Secret Wars, The Violent, Scarlet Witch, Twilight Children–these are all comics using different methods of storytelling coupled with striking art. To be honest, picking just one seems a little arbitrary. Yet, those are the rules of the game. As I narrowed down my choices, I thought to myself which comic grabbed me and most thoroughly pulled me into its pages? Which made me stop multiple times and mutter “damn” to myself? (Not too loudly by the way, so that co-workers and fellow commuters did not consider me odder than usual). Well, in that case the answer is Secret Wars #8 the latest chapter in Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s epic reimagining of the Marvel Universe.
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