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Guardians Of The Galaxy #4

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

The Dark Guardians, a new cosmic hit squad made up of the most powerful and cunning people in space, are going to kill Gamora. It’s time for the new Guardians of the Galaxy to saddle up!

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24 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    There’s no doubt about it, this title is peak cosmic goodness. Cates might understand the Guardians just as well as anyone who’s ever wrote them, and that much is evident in each and every panel. While the goofiness from the movies seeps through from time to time, it doesn’t saturate this title, and that’s something that makes it very reminiscent of the cosmic titles of the mid-2000s. Guardians of the Galaxy #4 is full of blood-pumping action — quite frankly, it may be the best book in this budding run yet.

  • 98

    The Super Powered Fancast

    This issue blew me away with how action packed it is as well as the heart it shows in the character interactions. Donny Cates really knows how to inject a serious subject with humor and effective comedic moments. From the first page forward, the issue balances the seriousness of Gamora’s actions with the light tone that made this iteration of the Guardians appealing to readers in the first place. The moments on Halfworld are great, but Cates does a great job of ramping up the action when the team returns to space and are confronted by Gladiator and his Dark Guardians.

    Geoff Shaw dominates with the art in this issue. Every panel and character looks amazing and the final battle between these two groups looks beautiful in both scope and scale.

  • 95

    Comics Bookcase

    Through four issues, Guardians of the Galaxy has been a madcap ride that hopefully wont soon be over. This issue is a downright slugfest, one that also manages to seed a new mystery and continue developing characters. Go forth and read this damn book.

  • 80

    Comics: The Gathering

    This issue is mainly about adjusting the Guardians roster and clarifying the battle lines for the conflict to come. Guardians #4 delivers a satisfying dose of battle itself, complete with consequences, but this is not a climactic turning point. Strong action art and fast, polished characterization provide a fulfilling sense of motion even if the plot is taking its sweet time to develop.

  • 80

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    While I want so much more from this book, Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw have some fun this issue before giving readers an awesome looking battle royale. This book still doesnt feel like a standalone Guardians book, but I will wait until after this first arc to get too mad about that.

  • 80


    Finally adding Gamora to a story that was 100% about her definitely helps kick things up a notch for this issue. She’s instantly a very compelling and cool character, and Cates gets a lot of strong character moments out of everybody. He even makes a solid joke how the likes of Beta Ray Bill, Moondragon and Phyla are just hangers-on to the real Guardians’ ongoing drama. Plus Gamora is just plain cool as she fights off the others and then everybody gets into a bigger fight. That was a good fight, but there were a couple moments where I wasn’t sure what had just happened or what was going on. I haven’t been too thrilled with Shaw’s art, and the fight panels do get a bit overly complicated or hard to decipher at points. But I managed to hold on to the gist of what was happening, so it wasn’t too bad.

    The new issue features strong character work now that the story is coalescing, but the art is a tad problematic during a big, hectic fight scene.

  • 72

    Comic Watch

    I’m gonna keep buying this series in the hopes it tightens it’s focus, but as of now it’s a little tough to follow at times

  • 70

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Guardians Of The Galaxy #4 is a solid read that’s still figuring itself out as we head towards some more exciting cosmic chaos. We’ve come to expect nothing but instant classics from Donny Cates, maybe this time around it’s going to take a bit longer for his vision to become clear.

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