Guardians of the Galaxy #21

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Valerio Schiti, Jason Keith Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 19, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 10
6.8Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

As the Guardians of the Galaxy encounter an entire world full of alien symbiotes, they ask themselves…was allowing Flash Thompson to join their ranks a wise decision?

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Nov 19, 2014

    Guardians of the Galaxy #21 surges forward all guns blazing and readers who were turned off by the Original Sin tie-in will be happy to know that business is back to usual in GOTG. Bendis and Schiti are a very strong team and this book has never looked better than it does now. People looking for a space adventure with the same charm as the film have got it right here and I heartily recommend you give this one a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Latest Pull - sonny larios Nov 22, 2014

    Even though this issue is a more about the set up for the next story arc, I am personally excited for for the potential origin of the symbiote. I just hope this arc finally revels the secret of the symbiote. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Nov 20, 2014

    With Venom as the focus Bendis is able to take things a bit darker, exploring the suddenly weakened connection between Thompson and his increasingly surly symbiote. While the writer does little beyond presenting the initial conflict, he does a solid job implicating things to come, using secondary characters to tease the symbiote's soon to be expanding mythos. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Nov 20, 2014

    Valerio Schiti's art convincingly conveys the outlandishness of this space saga, although his cartoony choices for Rocket and Groot in particular make them feel as though they've stepped in from another book entirely, and partially undermine the drama of one of the best cliffhanger endings of the series to date. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Herald - Matt Lehn Nov 23, 2014

    One small sidenote regarding the art, Schiti appears miscredited with cover duty when the initials "NB" appear quite visibly in the piece itself and done very much in the style of Nick Bradshaw. Just a minor point but worthy of noting to give credit where it's due. Regardless, Schiti has proven a worthy partner to Bendis in this one issue alone. Bendis's stories are notoriously slow starters but this one seems to be the exception. Sure, the cliffhanger is an old beat from his bag of tricks but it is no less effective or entertaining when a talking tree and a space raccoon are thrown into the mix. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Nov 19, 2014

    That all said, the opening chapter of "Planet of the Symbiotes" is still a bit of letdown. The art can only do so much to help what turns out to be a rare lame duck script from Brian Michael Bendis. Inevitably, this arc will get better if Bendis gives us more of what we seem to be promised by the title. Schiti's art will do a lot to help sell Bendis' sometimes tired dialogue but the moment these two creators really lock it in, readers will be in for a treat. Guardians of the Galaxy is usually near the top of my reading pile, but you wouldn't be missing much by skipping this installment. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Nov 19, 2014

    GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21 does not get off to a good start, but on the bright side, there's a ton of promise and potential to this story. This isn't a bad issue, but it is a big disappointment. Bendis isn't a bad writer, but this issue leaves readers feeling like they missed out on something. Luckily, the art on this book is worth the price of admission alone. "Planet of the Symbiotes" will hopefully be a great story, since it's a story that should be told. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Nov 21, 2014

    And just when you thought you weren't going to bother with the next issue, something awful happens to a fan favorite character in the last and flips their signature line around in a scary way. This story-arc clearly has potential, but it's not a great start. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Nov 23, 2014

    If I could describe this issue (story wise) in one word, it would be average. There is very little flair to this comic. The plot is merely set-up and the cliff hanger, despite being a cool idea, will most likely lead to an overlong fight scene taking up half the pages in the subsequent issue. When Bendis is inspired, he can be one of the best writers in comics and unfortunately, I don’t see much inspiration here. Valerio Schiti’s sublime art can only do so much to make this comic enjoyable but with such a dull script, I can’t give it a recommendation. Read Full Review

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