Guardians of the Galaxy #4

Guardians of the Galaxy #4

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Sara Pichelli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 26, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 7
7.4Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

The biggest surprise hit of the year continues as critically acclaimed artist Sara Pichelli (Ultimate Spider-Man) climbs aboard! Gamora is one the galaxy’s greatest warriors…with a deadly secret that could bring down the entire team.

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Jun 28, 2013

    I can't say enough wonderful things about this book. I am a huge DC fanboy but books like this as well as Nova and some of the X-books have pushed me more towards Marvel than DC lately. If you aren't reading Guardians of the Galaxy, a fan of space adventures or not, than jump on board before this train is too far gone from the station, I promise you fun and adventure lie ahead. Read Full Review

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 2, 2013

    This is the only Marvel comic I can't miss. Give this a shot (sorry, Gamora) and you won't be able to either. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Jun 27, 2013

    Sarah Pichelli's art style is very fun. The way she handles the action really sells it alongside the dialogue. The lighting and light use of colors you take notice of and everything overall is smooth. Again this issue sets up for something to be excited for as Gamora will still have to watch her back like the others. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Jun 26, 2013

    Guardians Of The Galaxy has a high level of craft rarely seen so consistently in a comic book. Few have achieved some of the soaring heights lovingly rendered in this title. This story seems to be on course for an equally strong future with Neil Gaiman coming on board for some co-writing on the next installment. This is nothing but a good thing, as a curve ball like Angela this issue would have been hard to properly orchestrate without a proper creator. Continue to believe the hype, as this title has a bright future ahead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Jun 26, 2013

    Even when the Guardians are off the clock, they still manage to be exciting. Bendis and Pichelli have proved to be a solid team in the past, so it can only go up from here. Thats saying a lot, because this series is already way up there. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - SuperCap Jun 30, 2013

    So far, The Guardians of the Galaxy has been one of the most entertaining books to read from the Marvel Now launch. This series really hits home how family doesn't have to just be the ones you share blood with. All of these team members have been rejected by their respective societies in some way or other, but they have each other to lean on and protect from whatever is out there. With famous author Neil Gaiman co-writing the next issue with Bendis, the road ahead is looking bright for the Guardians of the Galaxy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 3, 2013

    Guardians of the Galaxy continues to mix wild space action with some great humor (although I'd prefer more Rocket Raccoon and Groot and less Tony Stark). The art of the comic does take a hit with Sara Pichelli stepping in to replace Steve McNiven. It's not a badly drawn book by any means, and I do like Pichelli's take on Gamora specifically, but the art isn't up to the par of the first handful of issues. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jun 26, 2013

    The issue looks slick, thanks to Sara Pichelli and the color art of Justin Ponsor. Pichelli does fantastic stuff with the characters, bringing forward all sorts of emotion and expression. There is a slight problem with backgrounds disappearing, at times for entire pages, but Gamora looks so amazing it's not a huge problem when there is nothing behind her. For whatever reason, she draws Pepper Pots extremely young looking, too. Potts looks like a teenager as opposed to Tony's right hand girl who often is running one of the biggest corporations on Earth. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 1, 2013

    Quieter issues like this do wonders for the creators and the readers, giving everyone a chance to take a breath and assess the situation. Bendis and Pichelli manage to keep "Guardians of the Galaxy" #4 from feeling like a by-the-numbers fill-in comic book by layering in a subplot that bears further investigation and giving every character room to stretch as the series prepares to bring Angela, fresh from her Marvel Universe debut, into the mix. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Michael Bowie Jun 28, 2013

    All in all, this is a decent enough issue. If nothing else it does its good of saving the road for future events. And it does have its entertaining moments, particularly the aforementioned Tony Stark incident and exchanges that Rocket Raccoon has with Stark and Groot. The latter representing everything I'm hoping for from these two outwardly odd characters both in future issues if this book and in next year's feature film. Hopefully now that we've got a little bit of set up out of the way, the fun factor will get amped back up next month. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Player Effort - Roger De Leon Jul 18, 2013

    Guardians of The Galaxy #4 issue leaves much to be desired but isn't all negative, with the payoff leaving this reviewer waiting with bated breath. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Jun 26, 2013

    Yes, Bendis delivers the funnies, a decent action sequence and establishes a new mystery... but pretty much everything else from the previous plot is cast aside for now. Additionally, we have yet to see all that much depth from these characters, yet Tony Stark -- a man who clearly won't be a permanent member of the team -- gets a whole two pages to himself. Sure, they're an amusing set of panels, but I'd much rather see that time dedicated to fleshing out the primary cast of characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Jun 29, 2013

    If not for the decompressed writing, this would be a terrific issue. It's a good place to start reading Guardians, especially now if you're interested in Angela, who appears next issue. The most difficult part about choosing this issue over any other is the price. For $3.99 you get an action sequence and a bar scene. Other than discovering about Gamora's bounty, nothing else really happens. So far Guardians has felt like it has lasted twice as long as it should have, based on the amount of events that happened. I'll stick around for Angela, but if this is the kind of stories we're getting, I'm putting my money elsewhere. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 10, 2013

    Although this was probably the worst issue of the series so far, it was still very good, and exciting. It also had a lot of fun moments, and left some interesting questions, and although it may have no affect on the immediate future of this series, I do hope that there'll eventually be some development from it. Due to this I'd recommend this issue, and the series so far, but for anyone who isn't following this series already, and is looking to save money I'd recommend waiting till next issue which is the proper start to the next story. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 27, 2013

    There's a lot to like about this book, but ultimately it feels so light on content that it's hard to justify the price point. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jun 28, 2013

    It is an issue like Guardians of the Galaxy #4 that reminds me exactly why I did not read more than five issues of Bendis' entire Avengers run. Everything that occurred over the first arc of the series was thrown away for some cheap comedy that made all the male characters of the Guardians of the Galaxy sound like the same character. It does not help matters that Gamora is not portrayed as a particularly strong character. Bendis goes out of his way to show that without her weapons or the Guardians around Gamora is just a competent fighter, even though that is far from who she is. It is too bad that this issue had to turn out this way because Guardians of the Galaxy was carrying some good momentum after the events that took place in the first arc. At least Guardians of the Galaxy #4 featured the wonderful artwork of Sara Pichelli to look at when the dialogue became repetitive. So there is that. Read Full Review

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