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Guardians Of The Galaxy #4

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

The true Guardians have formed at long last – and their first mission is to defend a vital energy pipeline from a gang of unscrupulous ecoterrorists…including a rogue Nova, Moondragon’s otherdimensional doppelganger, and a raccoon in a suit. And if you think you know where that’s going… remember one thing. This is the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. It can always get worse.

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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 92


    Its been somewhat of a wait to get this issue with the pandemic causing all sorts of problems within the comics industry. So it is fair to say that I was happy to get this issue. Even though it feels a little underwhelming from what has come before. That said, I get the sense that this story is likely to warm up some more in the next issue. Seeing Gamora go off the rails and take on a job to effectively kill her former teammate Rocket Racoon is a bit of a shocker, but seeing her agree to it so easy has me wondering somewhat.

    I loved the fact that Rocket is basically chilling on the planet and knows full well that the person that owns said planet is out for his blood. Somehow I think I will put my money on the Racoon, but given that we have already lost Starlord (Or have we). I’m not sure about how confident I would be to make such a bet.

    Overall. Kind of an expositional issue to set out the new order of things.

  • 90

    Newsarama by Gamesradar+

    It takes a moment for this issue to get up to speed, but once things start heating up, writer Al Ewing and artist Juann Cabal deliver some of the most next-level action choreography I’ve seen in ages. If you were a fan of Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones’s Marvel Boy, you’ll love what Cabal does with Noh-Varr here — the innovative layouts Cabal spins up, such as Marvel Boy climbing up a ladder of panels, twisting and turning his body like a cockroach through a series of pipes, or spitting psychedelic saliva, are just downright incredible. Ewing is also flexing some different muscle groups from his hard-hitting and cerebral Immortal Hulk, splitting up his action sequences almost fractally, bouncing between the various Guardians in a way that gives everybody just enough page time to fall into some peril. If Guardians of the Galaxy #4 isn’t the most fun book from the Big Two this week, I don’t know what is.

  • 89

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Ewing’s fourth installment of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY was fun, quirky, wonderfully easy to follow, and simply hard to forget. Marvel Boy becomes a star before this issue is said and done while Ewing uses a unique manner of storytelling to attract his audience deeper into the comic. Plus, as if the story wasn’t enough, Cabal and his art team find a way to expressively engage the readers from each flip of the page. Readers, we’re only four issues into the story. So, it’s not too late to add this series to your pull list. GOTG fans, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this issue and frankly the series to date. I highly recommend snagging this week’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #4 and hopping on board before the train gets too far from the station. Now is definitely the time to join this team!

  • 85


    Guardians of the Galaxy, in its modern iteration, is very much a servant beholden to two masters. There are two very distinct different iterations of the concept that have bounced around in Marvel since it was relaunched following Annihilation: Conquest. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s Guardians were superheroes in the classic sense, fighting to save the galaxy because no one else would. In fact, one of the underlying themes of that run was that there was no one else able to look past material concerns in order to help Adam Warlock save the universe.

    Brian Michael Bendis, however, took a polar opposite approach in his relaunch of the team, during Marvel NOW. Under Bendis, the Guardians of the Galaxy were mercenaries – they fought for a paycheck. This was the approach of the movies, as well. As opposed to the more classically heroic Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy were basically criminals with very good publicity.

  • 80

    Marvel Boy a.k.a. Noh-Varr remains one of the most visually compelling characters in Marvel’s immense roster today. Fans of Marvel Boy and Young Avengers alike are bound to revel in his infiltration and action sequences, especially how each new “trick” is expressed on the page. He certainly delivers the best spitting sequence in comics this year. That expressive joy in toying with the comics page is combined with Ewing’s lamentably overlooked Rocket Raccoon miniseries, as a number of characters and plot points return here to set up both a thrilling heist and some exceedingly black humor about planets in ecological crisis. Even as this issue spends space wrestling with the aftermath of a character’s death and a very different status quo, it ensures each page is entertaining and that there’s never a single opportunity for lost momentum. It’s a thrill to read and promises that even the connective tissue of this Guardians of the Galaxy run will read as unforgettable.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    This book is only four issues deep, but this issue is by far the most emotional book of the series. What happens when TWO teams of Guardians, each containing a few of the original members, go up against each other? It’s like a really bad Thanksgiving dinner, eventually, someone ends up drinking and someone else ends up crying. Author Al Ewing gives us another installment in this really different Guardians series, one with no Starlord, a ream without a heart, if you will. Ewing gives us a really entertaining story that leads to a great climax/cliffhanger that will have you marking off days on your calendar until the next issue. One thing about this issue, and overall story arc, is how Gamora’s personality has done a 180 in this series. I know she just lost someone VERY special to her, but I find it a little hard to believe that a death would make her go back to an “I don’t care about anything, let’s just kill everyone” attitude. She’s the daughter of Thanos, for crying out loud, you mean to tell me she hasn’t seen her share of death before? It just seems a little out of character for her to do this, in my opinion.

    Juann Cabal’s art this issue is right where it needs to be. It delivers the message that it’s in the Marvel universe, but you can clearly tell that they’re nowhere familiar in that universe, at all. You can tell very quickly that this isn’t New York City, and that it isn’t anywhere on the planet Earth. Cabal conveys a style similar to ChrisCross, but a little different. Artistically this reminded e of an issue of Captain Marvel by ChrissCross, except the art here has a little more depth to it. A very good book on all fronts.

    A very important issue that will have you experiencing a flood of emotions, all of them good. The book is a lot better than the usual issue.

  • 80

    Comics: The Gathering

    Al Ewing’s take on the Guardians of the Galaxy is managing to be faithful to everything which has come before, he demonstrates his knowledge of their history, while also making them very much Ewings team of the Guardians. The conflict between the two fractured teams is a little contrived but also in fitting with everything they’ve experienced over the past little while, and feels like they’re naturally being moulded by events into whatever team Ewing has planned. The art completes the new and iconic team, giving them a look that’s both unique and more reminiscent of their classic look. If it lives up to its promise this is a run which could rival Dan Abnetts iconic cosmic run.

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