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Guardians of the Galaxy #7: Review

Oct 2013
Brian Michael Bendis, Valerio Schiti

Story Name:

(no title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Guardians of the Galaxy #7 Review by (October 20, 2013)
This issue again splits the art chores. Valerio Schiti does the pencilling and inking for Angela's memory flashback, and the final page of the spacefleet. These spacecraft are probably the refugees from the Builder invasion that started to arrive in Avengers #15. Angela seems to be different from the version that appeared in Spawn. There she was a real (warrior) angel from Heaven, and had adventures on Earth. Here she is a being called an angel from a place called Heven in an alternate reality where Earth is a myth. Rocket Raccoon is miffed that Angela is the only known member of her species (in this universe), which he insists is a GoG signature trait. Gamora and Groot are the last of their species. Star-Lord is probably the only human/Spartoi hybrid. Drax is a human consciousness placed in a body created by Kronos of Titan. And Rocket himself is the result of genetic experimentation. Although Groot continues to only say "I am Groot", everyone now seems to understand him and hold conversations with him. He doesn't need Rocket to translate. Space-time was of course broken by Wolverine and Invisible Woman's time-travelling in Age of Ultron. Although this was just the straw that broke the camel's back. Next issue plunges the Guardians into the Infinity event. The covers for that and subsequent issues suggests that Iron Man has left the team, which makes sense since he's on Earth during Infinity. So, pending an actual viewing of the next issue, it seems that IM's leaving the Guardians part way through IM#16 happens between these issues of GoG. And as I proposed in IM#16, it happens before Infinity. But unfortunately it also means we've run out of room for the memory IM has in New Avengers #8 of the body of the Living Tribunal.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Guardians of the Galaxy #7 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The Guardians have captured Angela on the Moon. Now they're arguing about what to do with her. She just sits in her force-field cell and ignores them, until they talk about her being of an unknown species, and about Earth. She shows interest in the planet, how exactly they are its protectors.

Finally she tells them her name, and that she is from Heven. Initially there is some confusion as the human team-members think she means Heaven.

We then see the fabulous city of Heven where Angela was brought up as an angel. Angels are trained to be warriors of various types according to their abilities. Angela became the best type of angel, a hunter. We see her leaping amongst a herd of very large beasts. She kills one by cutting off its head.

Then there was a bright light, and she found herself in a strange universe, in space atop the head of the beast she killed. (That explains her initial visuals at the end of Age of Ultron and the beginning of #5.) In front of her was the planet Earth, that she only recognised from legends. Now she wants to see the mythical planet, and find out who brought her here and how to get back to Heven.

Star-Lord believes her, because he too experienced cosmic disruptions like the one that sucked Angela into this universe. And Iron Man cautiously admits he knows something about them too. Peter Quill also thinks his team attacked Angela in #5 without provocation (while he was away talking to Thanos). So he decides to let her go.

Gamora's not happy with that. Drax just wanted to kill Angela and get it over with in the 1st place. Rocket Raccoon is more concerned with being humorous. And Groot of course says "I am Groot". But Star-Lord and Iron Man follow her anyway, just in case setting her free was a mistake. On the way Tony Stark admits that space/time got broken, and he knows what did it.

Angela is wowed by the sights of New York, including Captain Marvel and Thor flying past. Quill and Stark catch up with her and offer to help her. She declines, but accepts a communicator so she can call on the Guardians whenever she needs to.

After she's gone, Star-Lord wonders if there'll be more serious consequences from the spacetime disruption. And we see a crowd of mismatched spacecraft.


Preview Pages
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Valerio Schiti
Sara Pichelli
Justin Ponsor
Sara Pichelli (Cover Penciler)
Sara Pichelli (Cover Inker)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Steve Wacker.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Drax
Drax

(Drax the Destroyer)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)



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