The Guardians of the Galaxy are on a mission to retrieve an item from an alien planet for the Grandmaster, a man who has an extensive and impressive collection inside his floating space fish. No, really. But the Grandmaster isn’t paying up just yet. He sort of blackmails the group into carrying out another heist for him—this time stealing from someone else’s private collection. While the Guardians are hesitant, they don’t have much of a choice. Meanwhile, Baby Groot isn’t regenerating his limbs properly, and there’s a shocking reason as to why!
With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, this issue attempts to stick close to the Marvel Cinematic Universe—Star-Lord’s attachment to his cassette player, Baby Groot, etc. Marvel is playing it a little safe, it would seem—until the end of this issue. The creative team has something sly up their sleeves, and I can’t wait to see what it is! Drax is now a pacifist, Baby Groot has a side story, something is up with Gamora, who knows what could happen?!
Duggan plays heavily with the team’s dynamic. They’re close enough to speak informally to each other and they have a dysfunctional family-type of dialogue. This makes for a dramatic script, but also allows Duggan to add in a lot of humor, like when Drax rethinks his pacifism or when Rocket Raccoon references Scarface without even knowing what Scarface is. Small details like this make the script really personable and the characters very sympathetic.
Aaron Kuder’s artwork perfectly illustrates the script. With clean and thick line work, Kuder is able to create a neat issue that flows seamlessly from panel to panel. The Grandmaster’s character design is one of my favorites, as his ghostly blue color adds to the cosmic mysticism of his character. And he lives in a freaking fish… I was both intrigued and humored by the thought of a space fish, so Kuder gets in on the humorous aspect of the issue, too. Ive Svorcina’s colors really help push the setting and tone of the issue. The issue has a bright and vibrant look to it, and it makes the artwork one of the greatest aspects of this issue.
This issue keeps the Guardians in a movie-focused light, but offers a new and exciting storyline for everyone to enjoy. While things are pretty typical for the group as a whole, there are small aspects of the story that indicate something bigger is going on than we readers know about. It’ll be interesting to see where this series goes, so keep reading!
Written by: Gerry Duggan
Illustrated by: Aaron Kuder