Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1

(Marvel Comics, 2015)

Writer – Brian Michael Mendis
Artist – Frank Cho
Colors – Jason Keith

Let me begin this review with an apology; I am sorry if I offend, annoy or otherwise displease anyone with my gushing admiration of this book and its stellar creative team. With that out of the way, let the love fest begin, this issue has it all, huge action, intelligent humor, razor sharp wit and some of the most eye popping pages ever created by artiste extraordinaire, Frank Cho. I know this is the pinnacle of fanboyism but, hey this is why I love comic books so much. Bendis and Cho really knock this one out of the park; they take all the elements that made this summer’s GotG movie so much fun with the addition of setting the story firmly in current continuity.

The issue opens with a clever page composition featuring Star Lord bursting with kinetic energy as he quite literally leaps across the page where the rest of his teammates are depicted rather dramatically in a column of equally sized panels; Gamora gazes icily into the distance, Drax peers stoically from the page, Captain Marvel appears poised, ready for anything, Venom hangs inverted his head enters from the top of the panel and finally Groot and Rocket share a panel playing up their vastly differing statures. The page acts as an introduction, though none is needed, and sets a break-neck pace that never slows until the final panel of the issue. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Rocket Raccoon’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written & Artwork by Skottie Young
Color Artwork by Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Lettering by Jeff Eckleberry

Skottie Young and Jean-Francois Beaulieu could have gone for an obvious cash grab when given the opportunity to work on a Rocket Raccoon solo series; a character that many see as the next Deadpool or Harley Quinn in terms of his popularity among non-comic readers who are nevertheless obsessed with t-shirts, action figures and every species of propaganda featuring the likeness of a comic book character. Continue reading