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A Raccoon Says “BLAM!” – Guardians of the Galaxy #2

Brian Michael Bendis, Steve McNiven, Sara Pichelli, John Dell, Mark Morales.

Brian Michael Bendis, Steve McNiven, Sara Pichelli, John Dell, Mark Morales.

Brian Michael Bendis is back with the second installment of the new Guardians of the Galaxy series. As you may or may not know, the Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be a major movie in the Marvel film repertoire and the comics are starting to fall in line with the Hollywood depictions/story arcs. It would appear that Bendis has given us a little wink in this month’s issue.

In the first issue we found out that Iron Man leaving Earth abruptly ended when he ran across the Guardians of the Galaxy. Very quickly he is thrown into action as the Guardians engaged a Badoon fleet on course to attack Earth. Their battle left them on the doorstep of a Badoon invasion of London. This issue picks up immediately as the battle continues and the Guardians, and Iron Man, must defend London from the Badoon fleet.

However, while the Guardians are up to their elbows in action we are taken back to a secret meeting that took place six weeks prior between the Royal Ambassadors of the seven Galactic Empires. During this meeting the fate of Earth is discussed and it is mostly agreed that Earth should be “mercy killed” before they reach a stage of communal space flight. Only one ambassador refuses to allow harm to come to Earth and it is the All Mother Freyja. Freyja refuses to take part in any conversation that involves the harm of Earth and leaves on a point that any attack on Earth will be treated as an act of war against the 9 Realms. Of course we know that the Badoon have ignored this and we are sent back to the battle in progress.

I don’t think it is too wild to read into the words of Freyja and possibly derive a bit of the plot for the Guardians movie. We can already guess that Iron Man will put on the deep space armor and meet the Guardians at the end of Iron Man 3 – a theory we will have resolution on in the very near future. The All-Mother’s decree to protect Earth may be how we see an appearance by Thor justified in the Guardians movie as well. Of course we’ll have to wait a bit longer, though not too long, to see if that theory is correct.

Aside from paranoia surrounding the desire to know all there is about future Marvel movies; this book is a great read. The split sequence of Galactic politics and a battle to save London is well done. Fans of Rocket Raccoon (re: everyone) will find this issue quite enjoyable as he spends most of his time being awesome and exploding Badoon.

I eagerly await the next installment to see what Bendis and the Spartax have in store for the Guardians.

-Tony Nagel


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