Is this yet another winning addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise? Or should devoted followers simply keep this off their pull-list? Read on to find out.
The official description from Marvel:
Rocket Raccoon and Groot—your favorite cosmic bounty hunters (and soon to be world-famous movie stars)—leap into action in an all-new adventure! Could it possibly happen? Is Groot attempting to arrest…his best bud Rocket? Plus: Reprinting THOR #314, featuring the Thunder God in cosmic combat with the mean, green Guardian known as Drax!
Despite the launch of two new monthly cosmic titles this week, the House of Ideas has seen fit to give us another one-shot starring the highly favored wise-cracking fuzzball and his sidekick: the talking tree. Most fanboys and fangirls would dismiss this $3.99 side story but, in my humble opinion, that might be a mistake because the creative team actually builds something that dares to be rather fun.
Will Corona Pilgrim does a good job nailing the characters for this simplistic but entertaining romp. Rocket Raccoon and Groot act as you would expect them to, as their already defined partnership is front and center in this galactic soirée. The plot itself is largely by the numbers but that is by no means an insult. Because from beginning to end it would be easy to overburden the audience, but the author handily keeps all the pieces simple. At times it can be predictable but it maintains speed and humor all the way to its tidy finish.
As far as the illustrations go Andrea Di Vito offers up largely complimentary renditions that never hinder the text. Each pencil strokes delivers believable motion and the right amount of detail in order to keep the look consistent throughout. However it did result in a few bland panels here and there, though the colors by Laura Villari livened up the festivities a bit.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #1 is not a must own book by any means, but it did turn out to be fun and engaging. If you have the time and the extra coin then this comes recommended.