Guardians of the Galaxy #2

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Steve McNiven Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 24, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 11
8.3Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

While London deals with the brutal Badoon invasion, the fate of the Guardians of the Galaxy may have been decided millions of miles away.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Apr 24, 2013

    It doesn't take a genius to see the King has set everything up from the get-go and Grood will save the day since he's currently left behind, but I'd be a total liar if I said I wasn't pretty excited to pick up the next issue. I was never big on cosmic stories and honestly, I was skeptical because Bendis is on roughly a gazillion other titles, but GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is some mighty amusing stuff. Read Full Review

  • 10
    16BitMonster - Hamilton Ortiz May 4, 2013

    Guardians of the Galaxy #5 flips back and forth between the meeting of the Empires and the Guardians of the Galaxy fighting off the Badoon invasion in London. The GOG crew only consists of 6 members and all 6 are very interesting and different. For a crew of just 6 members Bendis has managed to make them all out to be very hip, cool, and simply put “bad ass”. Drax is the powerhouse who is seemingly hurt during thefighting'send which was unsual, Gamoora is the best hand to hand combat specialist in the crew, while RocketRaccoonjust loves killing everything. Steve McNiven & Sara Pichelli's art is spot on good and appealing. If you are looking for the next big Marvel story line then now's the perfect chance to jump on board or if you are just looking for solid reading material then definitely give Guardians of the Galaxy a shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Marcell Apr 24, 2013

    Guardians of The Galaxy #2 is another good helping of space adventure goodness. Keeping the references in there for vets as well as explaining it to newcomers. It set up some good plot pints which will no doubt pay off in later issues, and i highly recommend this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Apr 24, 2013

    Guardians of The Galaxy is so entertaining! Bendis is on a roll with this series. It also helps when you're working with artists as talented as McNiven and Pichellii. Every comic fan should read this series. You'll thank yourself for reading such a treat. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Apr 29, 2013

    Still, originality isn't the only quality worth looking for in a story, and between the rock-solid skill on display and a well-told story, "Guardians of the Galaxy" #2 is more than worth the price of admission. It's a gamble, particularly if you're not massively interested in Marvel's cosmic titles -- but as long as you like reading well-made comics, it's a gamble that should pay off. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 29, 2013

    So far, this has felt like a film treatment for the team (and perhaps it is), which is encouraging, because this comic is a heck of a lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Apr 26, 2013

    I really enjoyed this issue! I loved seeing the team in action, and we got a lot of it here. I'll admit, I found myself laughing at Rocket's "Blam! You're murdered!" type of catchphrase while taking care of his enemies. I also really liked the dialogue here, especially between Quill and Iron Man. Even the meeting with J-Son and the other bigwigs was interesting and didn't seem like it slowed the issue down. I'm interested in seeing how the Guardians deal with being arrested by Peter's dad, since this was obviously his plan from the beginning. Plus, I can see them being broken out by Groot, since he's the only one that wasn't there for the fight/arrest. All in all, this was another really good issue, here's hoping the series continues to be this good. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 28, 2013

    Classic Marvel fun, with phone app's unnecessary. This is why comics exist! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson Apr 28, 2013

    Despite getting too caught up on Earth too early in its run, Bendis' Guardians of the Galaxy does enough to remain a convincing slice of cosmic fun with its intergalactic cosnspiracies and explosive alien invasions. There's the odd janky bit of characterisation and visual design but not enough to distract from what is, otherwise, a thoroughly entertaining read. Weirdly it's almost more of a successfully Avengers-y book than any of Marvel's current Avengers series. Which is a good thing"right? Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Apr 26, 2013

    It's a slow paced story so far, but as for what has happened in this issue, it proved to still be exciting which is why the pacing can be overlooked. Whatever comes next is going to be more intense as J-Son seems to have a hidden agenda that he's trying to play. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Apr 24, 2013

    Yet for all that "happens" in this enjoyable issue, there's a sense that not much has happened. I'm all for slowly paced stories -- I'm currently loving Bendis' snail-paced Age of Ultron -- but only if each issue offers a fresh and meaningful development. This issue felt too similar to the first one, and the last page cliffhanger could have been guessed midway through issue #1. There's still plenty to enjoy here, from the gorgeous artwork to the character moments big and small, so forgive the repetition and go pick up Guardians of the Galaxy. If anything, you'll get to say you knew them before they were mainstream once the movie hits. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Apr 24, 2013

    Guardians of the Galaxy #2 is a great summer popcorn movie on paper: action-packed, visually dynamic, and so much fun you'll be dying for a sequel. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 26, 2014

    The X-Men's adventures in space are always fun to see. Throwing in the young X-Men from the past, mixed together with the Guardians of the Galaxy, The Trial of Jean Grey continues to be a fun story arc. There are some moments that feel a little strange but that's part of the charm of the story. We're seeing things happen in unexpected ways. The art by Sara Pichelli and Stuart Immonen combined with Justin Ponsor's colors really makes the pages shine. The story is heating up but we'll have to wait to see what sort of curveball Bendis throws at us next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Apr 29, 2013

    For a comic packed with a plethora of characters, Guardians of the Galaxy goes far in establishing its heroes, developing their originality, and highlighting each person's role in the story. The transitions in the action sequences are fluid and seamless, and the climax offers a reason to come back next month to see the fate of the team. Count me impressed and on board with Guardians of the Galaxy, a comic that provides readers with a new doorway into the Marvel Universe, and a picture of a world full of intrigue and excitement. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 5, 2013

    This was an amazing issue, and although not quite as good as the point one issue it's still better than the last, and shows so much promise for the future of the series. This issue was both entertaining, and exciting, as well as interesting, and although it was slow in certain parts it was needed to help the development of the story, as otherwise it'd be an even more exciting story with no structure. I would highly recommend both this issue, and the series so far, and am really looking forward to the next issue, and the future of this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Christopher Antilope May 6, 2013

    I believe this comic deserves an 8/10 for it's plot which keeps the readers' eyes glued to the page not only to focus on the words being said, but to also immerse yourself in the world so beautifully crafted by Steve Mcniven. The upcoming issue arrives at your local comic book store on the second Wednesday of June. Be sure to follow up on the Battle of London in Guardians of the Galaxy #3. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin May 1, 2013

    Even though the Galactic Counsel meeting went on longer than it should have, thanks to all the exposition, it never got in the way of the story that Brian Bendis crafted in Guardians of the Galaxy #2. Bendis actually impressed me with how he was able to switch between the action on Earth and the meeting that took place. Everything flowed together smoothly that built up the insurmountable threat that the Guardians of the Galaxy must overcome. The artwork by Steve McNiven, Sara Pichelli and the rest of the art crew helped in a lot of areas as they maintained the cosmic tone of the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 27, 2013

    I gave this issue a higher rating than I did the last one, but only because I think it was a little better written. The jokes were funnier, I'll give it that. The overall story and the characters have yet to really grab me. This still feels like the Guardians squeezed through a PR machine, a comic that exists solely to help build hype for the upcoming movie. Until Bendis can somehow get rid of that feeling, and turn the Guardians into real characters with real relationships and interesting stories, I just don't think this new Guardians of the Galaxy is for me. There's potential, but I just don't like it yet. Still, it's an entertaining comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 27, 2013

    The reasoning behind no other heroes showing up to assist Iron Man and the Guardians is a little weak (to say the least), but it does offer plenty of opportunities to showcase the the deadly skills of Gamora, Drax, and especially Rocket Racoon (who is his usual awesome self). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Stuart Conover Apr 27, 2013

    With the Earth being off limits to the cosmos it looks as if Star-Lord's Guardians of the Galaxy are all under arrest. (No mention on the Badoon from these intergalactic police who are arresting them.) I'm curious how Groot who was out of commission during this factors in and how Iron Man (who isn't technically a Guardian and lives on Earth) factors in. I suppose we'll start seeing more of the plan play out next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Apr 25, 2013

    The series has been high on action so far, I hope it's pulled back soon to focus on the characters a little more, for the uninitiated at least. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Apr 28, 2013

    Steve McNiven and Sara Pichelli's art is incredibly striking though, particularly shining on the sleek designs of the Guardians' ships and suits. There's also a double-page spread filled with a holographic image that is a showstopper, but perhaps that is because it is also filled with almost 20 of Bendis's word balloons. This might be a changed group, but let's hope that nobody is forgetting the fun and irreverence that made the last series so critically successful. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 24, 2013

    Overall this is an okay issue. The action sequence is awesome, but the politics will bore you to death and could have been reduced. I also came away a little confused by what is going on, but maybe that's their intention. Either way, this book serves as a blockbuster type series that won't make you think too hard, but has plenty of cool characters to root for. Read Full Review

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