What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about the new book that is Guardians of the Galaxy #2. Never a dull day in the lives of the Guardians. Especially when they have gone from one war into the next with the newly restored Olympian Gods. Talk about biting off more than you can chew, am I right? After the end to that debut issue, it was any wonder how this second chapter would go when their last hope is actually Hercules.
I gotta say, this book has taken me by quite a shock. When I decided that I would get into another Guardians of the Galaxy book? It was with the expectation that we were going to jump into another comical story. You know, the kind where the consequences aren’t so big, but the shenanigans and jokes never end? Well if that was also what you expected, you might as well throw it right out of the window with this one! I’m not saying this as a bad thing either. I enjoy when the reality is much more different from the expectation with series like what this has turned out to be so far. The start of the first issue did give us the impression that this would be on the lighter side exploring the nightmares which follow a life of constant battles and loss. However, like the flick of this switch a vert different approach is taken towards that.
This creative team nails the perspective given to the lives they led. They could have easily gone down the route where they all play it safe and came to understand what could be gained from not being the ones called to action. However, that would be too easy. No, they had to have that one big hoorah which would send the most painful message to these guys that maybe they chose one mission too many. I know I couldn’t argue with it, because you never know how much you really have until it’s too late.
By the end of this issue I was left speechless. With Quill taking on a couple of Gods, Rocket barely making it out against the legions of Hephaeustus, and Phylla-Vell taking on the King of the Gods, just about anything could have happened. This team isn’t incapable in fight, but at the end of the day these are Gods. Not to mention of the bloodthirsty variety. To say that this came to a cataclysmic end felt like a slap in the face after the note they left us on. I enjoyed every moment of being on edge about how wrong this could all go. From the minute they were caught, it came down to how they were going to get out of this in one piece.
A brilliant story like this can only be followed by the same quality in artwork. Fortunate for us they chose right in Juann Cabal and Federico Blee. From the flip of the first page to the last I was blown away because the interior work carried an incredible energy which captivated our attention in every defining moment. Cabal’s work was on point with consistency as an artist who comes in with such clarity to his pencils and inks. Even gets creative here and there between different perspectives taken and the way that objects overlap to make panel transitions more appealing. The expressions he gets out of these characters were the icing on the cake for a chapter which had such a strong emotional impact to leave on us. The colors were of cosmic beauty and explosivess as well. This mattered a lot when we are dealing with all of these heavy-hitters who simply don’t pull punches. I mean, heck, the whole design of these new versions of the Olympians are quite flashy as is before they start throwing lightning, fire, and all sorts of energy around.
In just two issues, this book climbs to a must read of new Marvel books to release this year. Guardians of the Galaxy #2 pulled no punches with the reality of looking for war. Nothing is guaranteed between the difficulty you face, the challenges you will have to overcome, or the guarantee that everyone will make the return trip. Again, to say that the Guardians’ first mission comes to a cataclysmic end is one heck of an understatement once you reach it yourself.