There are times when you’ll read a comic book with a cast of characters that is so obscure and wild it’s hard to gather an expectation. That is definitely the case going into my reading of Asgardians of the Galaxy since it has not a single character I have too much knowledge of or care for. For this fact the series is worth a shot since you know it’s got something special going on when you have no horses in its race and it still manages to win you over.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
If it’s battle you want it is battle you will get in this second issue. Nebula is the main villain of a series where the apocalypse is upon the universe and only these guardians can save us. Yes, even the frog AKA Throg. The first issue proved this is a fun series so there’s that too.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Like myself, if you were confused at all about Loki being a kid in this story, fear not as all is explained in the first few pages. The big McGuffin of the series is explained too which adequately raises the stakes and prepares readers for what our new team is up against. Outside of this, Nebula gets a little further ahead in her plan and puts a major roadblock in the way of our heroes.
That roadblock is what takes up most of this issue and it’s a clever idea. Bunn always seems to come up with creative ideas–his many books out each month is proof of that–and the threat towards the team in this issue is a good one. It’s also a Halloween monster styled roadblock too which gives the heroes plenty to fight against. As Asgardians these characters are gods and–at least on paper–should be able to take on threats even the Avengers can’t. In this issue you get that feel.
Matteo Lolli keeps the action intense and you really will fear for the heroes’ lives. They take a beating and you won’t doubt they may be in over their heads. Throg’s scenes, which are nearly all comical, work well due to the comedic visuals, too.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The great Valkyrie/Annabelle character work seems to have taken a back seat this issue. There’s an attempt, but it serves more as a reminder the dual personality character is gay. Thunderstrike is a part of this scene and he comes off as oafish, but it’s so simplistic I didn’t care much about either.
At one point Angela points out the threat at hand is a distraction, which is in large part how I felt about the issue. We get some fighting, some Throg laughs, but it seems pointless, especially with little care for these characters or adequate character work.
Is it good?
An okay issue, but I was left feeling like I was reading a buffer issue that was distracting from the eventual conclusion more than anything else.
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