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"Guardians of the Galaxy #10" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Al Ewing
Illustrated by Juann Cabal
Colored by Federico Blee
Lettered by Cory Petit
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 6th, 2021

Review:

Knull and his symbiote forces have rampaged through space, making a beeline for Earth, taking out anyone and anything that gets in their way. Isn't this exactly the kind of thing the Guardians of the Galaxy are supposed to stop? As the planet Spartax is decimated by this gooey army of dragons, Nova and the Guardians race to save what's left of its population before the planet is destroyed. They get some help from a returning friend.

Every comic doesn't have to tie into a big event. Some feel forced and a way to try and boost sales for a fledgling title. In the case of Guardians of the Galaxy #10, it fits perfectly with King in Black. You've got a super powerful villain flying through space meeting up with the space-based heroes who are tasked with protecing the cosmos. It does feel a little weird since Knull is already on Earth, so this is like his cavalry that's sticking around to take out Spartax and not the big bad himself, but it still tracks.

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Writer Al Ewing doesn't take an abrupt turn to try and fit in the stuff from King in Black. Instead, he uses it to move the ongoing plot of this series along, tying it back to the return of Peter Quill, the Star-Lord in a new form. Ewing has already shown us how he can do this with the King in Black: Immortal Hulk one-shot too.

Artist Juann Cabal is a master at page layouts and this issue is a shining example of it. Whenever Star-Lord taps into his newfound powers through his element gun, the page takes on a unique look with a lot of triangles. It gives the images some added weight and prepares us to see something big.

This comes with a bright light. Colorist Federico Blee makes Peter shine like an angel, clad in a glowing yellow. It contrasts well with the dark power of the symbiotes. This is not just a glimmer of hope. It's a beaming burst of light.

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Knull's dragons are as frightening as ever. Their symbiote abilities work to suffocate any they come into contact with. Knull taunts the heroes from afar. Letterer Cory Petit uses a jagged font for the god-level villain as he revels in the bloodshed he's causing, even from light years away.

After seeing what Peter can do in this issue, it seems it would be easy to pop by Earth and dispatch Knull, but Ewing has planned for that. There are other forces at place in the stars that require his and the Guardians' attention. We're not going on that detour as this story needs to go forward. This is a pitch perfect tie-in to a massive event that does justice to both storylines at once.

Grades:

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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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