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?
AIPTIf 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.
SciFiPulseThis 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.
COMICONEwing 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.
ComicBook.comGuardians 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.
Bleeding CoolAl 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.