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Guardians Of The Galaxy #7

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

The new age of space is here! In the wake of EMPYRE, the political map of the galaxy has been redrawn – which means it’s time for a nice, peaceful diplomatic conference. As the new ambassador for the Utopian Kree, MARVEL BOY made a solemn promise to be on his best behavior…so how come his fellow diplomats are being murdered one by one – and it looks like he’s the killer?

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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90


    If there’s a flaw in the comic, it’s that the book spends too much time with the space politics. The space politics are interesting, to be fair, but the book has been at its strongest when it revolves around the issues of the heart – how do Noh-Varr, Herc, Nova, Gamora, Moondragon, Phyla, etc. actually feel about each other? One of the big themes has been about the characters opening up over time. Had the book spent more time interrogating that, and less trying to get me to care about the Z’nox, it would have been even stronger. Guardians of the Galaxy #7 is not just good, it’s great. Every issue of Ewing’s Guardians is better than the one before.
  • 90


    This is a pretty good start to a new Guardians of the Galaxy story arc. As a newer reader of this series. I am just about over the loss of Starlord in the earlier issues and enjoying the process of getting to know the newer characters. We get some continuation of the relationship between Phyla-Vel and Moondragon from the last issue, but Marvel Boy is clearly the anchor of this story. Overall. A promising start to what is likely going to be more of a mystery story. Hopefully, we get a little more action in the next issue.
  • 80


    Ewing is clearly playing a long game with his cosmic stories. What we see in this issue is proof that such a plan exists and that Ewing knows exactly how to make these issues full of potentially dry dialogue much more engrossing. Between the political maneuvering and the sudden murder mystery (which I’m excited to check out next month), this isn’t the ordinary political game. It’s smart plotting and has a heart centered on its characters, which Petit brings to life in a very natural way multiple times across the issue.
  • 80

    Guardians of the Galaxy is tackling the new galactic status quo that follows in the wake of "Empyre," and it already appears to be significantly more fun than the event itself. Representatives from almost every notable alien race in Marvel Comics (and several not-so-notable ones) are gathered to make some big decisions; it's only a matter of time before things go wrong and the Guardians have to intercede. Issue #7 does an excellent job of establishing stakes, relationships, and concerns, even for readers who skipped Empyre, then frames them all within a whodunnit. It's a delightful set up with plenty of excellent character beats and an abundance of humor. However, it still only sets the table for far more interesting occurrences and a detective who fits the roguish, noir type perfectly. If this was all prelude, then what comes next is bound to be some truly excellent comic booking by any standard.
  • 75

    Bleeding Cool

    Al Ewing's writing is well known for mixing humor and action, having a particular gift for all things cosmic. Here, he's again done a wonderful job balancing various cosmic parties against one another, with old enmities clearly outlined whether or not this is your first comic or you've been following these extraterrestrial races forever. Likewise, the art from Marcio Takara, Federico Blue, and Cory Petit (who knows how to present a character speaking sub rosa) make these unusual talking heads stand out. When they burst into something much more dramatic than talk, it has an impact.

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About the Author: Al Ewing

Al Ewing (/ˈjuːɪŋ/) is a British comics writer who has mainly worked in the small press and for 2000 AD and Marvel Comics.


Al Ewing began his career writing stories in the four-page Future Shocks format for 2000 AD and moved on to regular stints on Judge Dredd (2008–2015), for which his 2010 story “Doctor What?” marked Brendan McCarthy’s return to 2000 AD. They later worked together on a new series entitled The Zaucer of Zilk. Ewing worked on Damnation Station and Zombo, the latter illustrated by Henry Flint, which was collected in trade paperback in 2010.

Ewing has also contributed to Solar Wind, FutureQuake, and The End Is Nigh. He is responsible for the mobile comic Murderdrome, created with P. J. Holden.

In May 2007, Ewing created the comedy blog “The Diary of Ralph Dibney”, writing as the titular DC Comics superhero (also known as Elongated Man), Dibney’s therapist, or as the even more obscure DC Hero Richard Dragon, as they react to the events of each week’s issue of the comic book 52.

Breaking into American comic books, Ewing was also picked by Garth Ennis to provide a six-issue arc on Jennifer Blood, published by Dynamite Entertainment, and a spin-off series The Ninjettes.

His debut prose novel Pax Britannia: El Sombra, published by Abaddon Books in 2007, features a mysterious Mexican hero fighting back against the menace of steam-powered Nazis. It is set in the same Steampunk alternate history as the other novels from the Pax Britannia series. Three other novels have been published since, with a fifth on the way.

Ewing wrote Mighty Avengers and Loki: Agent of Asgard for Marvel Comics and co-wrote the first year of the Eleventh Doctor Doctor Who title with Rob Williams for Titan Comics.

Ewing has since written New Avengers, U.S.Avengers, Ultimates, Rocket, Royals, and The Immortal Hulk, all for Marvel. The Immortal Hulk was a nominee for the 2019 Eisner Award in the “Best Continuing Series” category, and had earned publisher Marvel Comics a Diamond Gem Award the previous year as “Best New Comic Book Series.”

In 2021, Ewing won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book at the 32nd GLAAD Media Awards for his work on Empyre and received an additional nomination in 2021 and one in 2022 for Guardians of the Galaxy. In June 2021, it was announced that Ewing would serve as co-writer of Venom alongside Ram V, with Bryan Hitch serving as artist.

Personal life

At the end of Pride Month 2021, Ewing came out as bisexual.

[Latest Update: July 23, 2022]