Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Valerio Schiti, Jason Keith
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 21, 2014

The storyline featuring Venom is revisited as Valerio Schiti takes over penciling duties in the newest issue of Guardians of the Galaxy.

After a three issue interlude to discuss the final fate of Richard Rider, Guardians is moving forward once again. When last we saw him, Flash Thompson was having a bit of an issue with his symbiote pal, and in this issue Bendis checks in with Venom and his current….situation. Bendis writes these characters well, showing how they really are the best misfit team in the Marvel Universe and not, in any way, the Avengers of space. This group is far too disorganized to ever be accused of being Avengers and their unique dynamic is something Bendis uses well. He paces the script of this issue really well, giving readers time to acclimate to being in the present time again, and showing what is up with Flash in a manner that doesn’t require readers to go pull out back issues to catch up. How the Guardians handle Flash makes sense as well, and their dialogue pertaining to the man and the symbiote is pitch perfect. There are some great moments with Gamora in this one, and, at the end of the day, Bendis gives readers an entertaining space romp with our favourite madcap crew of misfit heroes.

Valerio Schiti takes over as the artist on this high profile book and he meets the challenge with ease. Schiti works well with Bendis, hitting the right beats to make the art and script gel perfectly. There is some flat out phenomenal art in this comic and what Schiti does with the symbiote is absolutely fantastic. He captures the personality of this cast well and Gamora, in particular, owns any page she is on. Schiti delivers the goods on the action, the dialogue heavier slow-beats, and everything in between. He’s a great fit for this team and feel of the series as a whole, and I can’t wait to see more of the um, creature, that is unveiled on the last page.

Guardians of the Galaxy #21 surges forward all guns blazing and readers who were turned off by the Original Sin tie-in will be happy to know that business is back to usual in GOTG. Bendis and Schiti are a very strong team and this book has never looked better than it does now. People looking for a space adventure with the same charm as the film have got it right here and I heartily recommend you give this one a look.

The Verdict: 8.5/10


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