The Guardians story here? Meh.
But that’s not why I picked this issue up. Not at all. I picked it up for The Defenders preview that was tacked on unceremoniously.
The Defenders teaser? Awesome. I cannot wait for this series to hit. Just in these ten or so pages there was a lot to get excited about. Familiar characters from the Daredevi/Jessica Jones/Luke Cage/Iron Fist worlds. I think this will be one to really keep an eye on.
It seems like each issue of “Grounded” will focus on one of the Guardians. #15 was all about The Thing, and this one stars Groot. You might wonder how you’d do an entire issue about a dude that can only say one thing. Well, it’s an interesting solution: this whole issue is laid out like a children’s book. And it’s told in a poem, complete with made-up words a la Dr. Seuss. And I’m very mixed on its quality.
On one hand it’s very unique. And very cute. And it tells a nice little story. And the artwork is really easy on the eye. But on the other hand… well, Bendis is not a poet. That’s for sure. It honestly feels like the writing here is a rough draft. If you try to read it out loud with some kind of poetic meter, it gets all awkward. And as the issue goes on there are some seriously questionable phrases.
All in all, it’s a nice little experiment. But nothing totally necessary.
I loved the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie hard. But I haven’t jumped into the series and felt like it was already far enough along that I’d have to wait to consider a TPB collection when the mood struck me. But alas, issue #15 is also the beginning of the “Grounded” storyline. And I love a good jumping-on point!
I had actually read a preview of this one not too long ago and was interested. And yep, it turned out pretty great. Basically this entire issue revolves around The Thing – which is nice for old fans of Fantastic Four who wish the FF were still in publication.
What made this one even cooler was that now that the Guardians are stuck on Earth, SHIELD has come to The Thing and asked him to help them figure out what’s going on with Dr. Doom – he who has now abandoned the mask and claims to be good, taking over for Tony Stark in the roll of Iron Man. In a very cool crossover move, I noticed that the end of this comic started to feel familiar. And for good reason: It actually retells a couple of pages from issue #1 of The Infamous Iron Man which I had just read a few weeks ago. Nice!