Guardians of the Galaxy #17

Guardians of the Galaxy #17

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Michael Avon Oeming, Nick Bradshaw Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 30, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 7
6.0Critic Rating
6.3User Rating

• With some new faces on the team, it might be time for the Guardians to have a little team-building vacation.
• Or, you know, they could keep fighting alien warlords and galactic empires.
• Guess they'll have to plan that team-building retreat for next month.

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 31, 2014

    But at least the Brian Michael Bendis story is a lot of fun, as Star-Lord tries to escape from his father's empire, Gamora and Angela face the threat of the Badooon, Rocket Raccoon is a captive of the Kree, Groot is a victim of the Brood, and Drax faces a battle to the death with one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Marlene Bonnelly Aug 4, 2014

    Now that we’ve finally moved away from the trials of the X-Men on earth and have delved back into the stories of the Guardians and their efforts, I’m really enjoying the run again. They have an obvious goal in mind - finding Thanos - and that helps establish a sense of consistency despite the fact that they keep getting sidetracked. It’s not hard to root for these guys or to want more of them; I finished this issue feeling anxious to read the next part of their journey, which means Bendis and company did something right. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 30, 2014

    Guardians of the Galaxy #17 is a brisk read that ultimately does nothing save for reuniting the titular team, a necessary yet no less plodding outing. With teases of a Spartax revolt and an unknown role for Venom, things are sure to turn around, but for now the Guardians story most worth investing in is likely on the silver screen. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo Aug 19, 2014

    Unlike "Avengers Disassembled," the conclusion to this Guardians of the Galaxy story finds the team right back together again. It wrapped up too neatly at the end, but I believe that Bendis set up the narrative in a way that he could explore the consequences of each character's experience in future issues. I hope he takes advantage of this because I know there is more to these characters than bar fights and explosions. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jul 31, 2014

    Guardians of the Galaxy #17 is one of those issues that resets the deck and kicks off some events that may pay off nicely down the road. It ends on a somewhat awkward note, considering the next issue deals with what happened to Richard Rider in the Cancerverse, but the pieces are in play for a solid next arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Aug 2, 2014

    In a week where more eyes than ever should be on the Guardians of the Galaxy, this issue is an unfortunate disappointment to me. While not particularly bad, it wasnt nearly as satisfying as it probably should have been. And, being the end of a pre-existing situation as it is, its not even a very good starting point for new readers who run to their local comic shops after seeing the movie. Maybe I was expecting too much here, but thats only because this book has lived up to those expectations so many times in the past. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Stuart Conover Aug 2, 2014

    I'm sure, because this is by Bendis, every page will be a build up to the last panel which is when Star-Lord will only at that point start to tell us what really happened and we'll be stuck waiting until the 19th issue to really find out more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Tacopina Aug 5, 2014

    Perhaps the issue would have received a more favorable score if Nick Bradshaw could have had the opportunity to complete the whole issue or if Bendis could have managed to finagle more heart out of the second act. Also, why is Venom out here with the Guardians? Gripes aside this was still an alright issue of Guardians. If you miss this issue of GotG you really aren't missing out on much. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Rob Thomas Aug 2, 2014

    But between Legendary Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon now on the shelves, we clearly have no shortage of writers willing to handle Guardians-related properties these days. Marvel needs to right the ship and get a writer on Guardians who has a clear vision and direction for the team before they let this opportunity slip past them. With next issue teasing resolution for the Cancerverse/Richard Rider Nova storyline that ended the original Guardians run as a tie-in to Original Sin, I shudder a bit to think of how things could potentially be messed up. Here's hoping I'm wrong. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Outright Geekery - Adam Aug 2, 2014

    I want to like this book. I really do. Bendis knows the characters' voices and they are really fun to read. Now he just needs to give them something exciting to do. That's really a minor problem, though, compared to the art department. Marvel really needs to get a handle on that before its too late. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 5, 2014

    Although it still has the feel of a Guardians issue, I think both longtime fans and those inspired by the movie to pick up the issue may feel somewhat disappointed. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 1, 2014

    This issue feels like filler and with "Original Sin" crossing over next issue, that feeling is theoretically justified. With a growing myriad of titles to choose from flying the "Guardians of the Galaxy" banner or featuring Guardians characters, Bendis and company need to step things up to stay relevant. Hopefully the reveals from the Cancerverse story in the "Original Sin" tie-ins satiate readers for what happened there and how Quill returned, answering the question that has been providing an undercurrent for this series since it started. Hopefully, "Original Sin" can serve as a much-needed story booster shot for the series. Read Full Review

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