Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Valerio Schiti, Richard Isanove
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 25, 2015

Good golly, those are some damn nice splash pages, Mr. Schiti and Mr. Isanove.

I’m talking art first in this review because Guardians of the Galaxy is really one astounding double page spread after another. The issue isn’t solely double page spreads, but there are a ton of them and they are mind blowing. Valerio Schiti is one of the best artists there is and he shows it with these spreads, using great layouts and huge, sprawling visuals to blow the minds of all who encounter them. His pencils are simply superb, and I’d argue this team has never looked better than they do in the pages of this issue. Richard Isanove’s colour work is equal to the task of making these pencils even more visually engaging and this art team has crafted a brilliantly rendered issue from start to finish. The Guardians are a household name now and this is the kind of artwork that should be expected from a book that is high profile like this.

It’s a damn good thing the art is fabulous, because the story itself is wafer thin. The double-page spread can be a blessing and a curse in comics, as when the huge splash images are used too often, there isn’t a lot of opportunity to tell much story. That’s the case with Guardians of the Galaxy #2. Huge, amazing image after huge, amazing image fill these pages but there aren’t many panels that actually move the story along in any meaningful way. While aspects of the story intrigued me, there just wasn’t much in the way of dialogue or exposition to keep this comic from being an extremely quick read. A beautiful, quick read. There are fun elements here and some decent banter between Thing and Kitty Pryde, but at the end of the day there just isn’t a ton of story here.

Brian Michael Bendis, Valerio Schiti and Richard Isanove are a top flight creative team working with dynamic characters, but Guardians of the Galaxy #2 falls into the “pretty, but light on content” category of comics. I was entertained by this comic, but it was easily the fastest read of the week for me by a mile. There is a lot to love here from a visual perspective but the story as a whole suffers in light of all the huge splash pages. I have a hard time expressing dissatisfaction over artwork this amazing, but fewer double page splashes in the future could allow some more room for plot development.

The Verdict: 7.0/10


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