The Infinity Quest continues as the Guardians gig with the Nova Corps puts each member in some interesting situations, as old friends reunite and some interesting revelations in regard to the Infinity Stones develop. It was evident from issue 1 that Gerry Duggan is out to tell an epic Guardians story, and his Guardians of the Galaxy comic hasn’t run out of momentum yet.
The story picks up right away from Guardians #146, which saw the team split up to each deal with a certain problem that the Nova Corps are having. While Star-Lord went to go deal with a rogue Nova Corps base and reunite with Rich Rider, Gamora and Ant-Man had to deal with Ultron controlled alien zombies and save refugees from the Ultron infested planet. It was a delight to see Gamora and Ant-Man interact, a duo that I never thought would have been interesting to see in comics until now. It was a fantastic decision by Marvel and Duggan to make Ant-Man a member of the Guardians and seeing him in this fish out of water role has been a pleasure to watch. I don’t think it will be getting old any time soon.
Star-Lord and Rich Rider Nova finally reuniting after years apart was also satisfying to read, and seeing their first interaction after being reunited was also fun. Watching the two working together to infiltrate and take down the rogue Nova Officers had a lot of humor without taking away from the action. If there is one character that Duggan has nailed in this comic, it’s Peter Quill. His personality since Duggan took over in this Guardians series has been the best and he is slowly growing to be my favorite comic character right now. At the end of the issue, it is revealed why these Nova’s continued to hide in this base and the shocking twist at the end has huge ramifications for the rest of the cosmic side of Marvel comics.
Rocket Raccoon and Groot also had a hilarious side story, albeit not as developed as the Gamora/Ant-Man or the Star-Lord/Nova story. Still, it was amusing to see Rocket investigate the other Nova Corps Officers to determine which of them were corrupt, as well as trying to benefit from it secretly as well. The only complaint I would have with this issue is that Drax has hardly any development at all, though that is not surprising given the amount of characters in this book. The art by Marcus To is amazing as always, with his expressions he gives his characters really bringing more emotion out of the panels. The coloring by Ian Herring is also fantastic. The colors, much like the art and writing in this comic, has been consistent from the beginning.
Overall, this issue had great pacing to it and while it didn’t handle it’s balancing of characters as well as it usually does, it doesn’t take away from the fact that right now Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel’s best books right now. Add to that a shocking surprise reveal at the end of the issue, Guardians of the Galaxy #147 leaves Readers in high anticipation for next Month’s issue. – Ernesto Valenzuela
GRADE – 9/10