Good take, lio-- and this is not intended as a rip on you, but my opinion differs a bit.
I am not a fan of BMB... In general, I think his take on characters is very one-dimensional, and I can always tell when I'm reading a BMB written book... It's like listening to Joss Wheedon dialogue-- you know he wrote it when you hear it; but whereas I like Joss Wheedon dialogue, BMB's writing grates on me... It's probably the single most disappointing thing for me about the new Guardians series, and I have to say, this issue is no different for me...
It was great to see Rich back, and Star-Lord's '08 GOG uniform is awesome, but the inter-play between Nova and Star-Lord fell a little flat for me-- and I think it's because of how I feel about BMB writing characters... All I can think of is his Peter Parker from Ultimate Spider-Man (which, ironically, I liked, but it worked for a young Peter Parker...)
Gamora's intro seemed really superfluous, and kind of had me scratching my head, and I was never really clear on where the story was heading-- Star-Lord's lack of confidence in using the cosmic cube...? Found it really tough to buy given how he and Nova became such heavy hitters by the time Thanos Imperative rolled around. Again, it struck me as standard BMB-type characterization. Or maybe I just really miss DNA writing the characters.
Anyhow, I mine must be the minority opinion on Bendis given how much confidence Marvel has in him considering the amount that he writes.
All in all, though-- I'd recommend picking up this complete arc. Nova's return has been a long time coming, and for that fact alone, I can look past the writing. And I'm interested to see how it turns out.
: First off, let's talk the bad and get that out
: of the way.
: Rich's Nova Prime uniform has inexplicably
: changed. The starburst on the helmet is
: curved like Sam's and the starburst on his
: back is missing. The lines down his legs
: are there in the artwork, but the colorist
: missed them and colored them blue instead of
: Rich's last name is spelled
: "Ryder" through the book. I've
: seen a lot of people get upset about this,
: but TBH, it's not the first time it's been
: spelled this way, so it doesn't bug me too
: much. (If you want an example of it
: happening before, check out ROM #24, which
: was the last time RR was heard from until NW
: started up years later.)
: The art was generally nice, but some of the
: panels just had mediocre artwork with some
: awkwardly positioned or lazy poses. (Like
: the panel of Rich blasting the Cancerverse
: bugs. That could have been waaaaay more
: dynamic, instead it just looks off.) That
: said, there were also some terrific panels
: in there too!
: Now for the good:
: The story was good and it moved along at a
: pace I would expect for a 3 issue arc. BMB
: does a good job of picking up where the
: story left off. Sure there are a few
: inconsistencies, but that always happens
: when a story gets picked up years later.
: They all can be pretty easily explained away
: so nothing rips older readers out of it.
: Besides, to go into detail on every single
: thing would take away from the pacing of the
: story and I think that extra exposition
: would have detracted from the story and not
: added to it. The pacing of the story kept
: moving me forward, and that was a good
: I liked the back and forth between Rich and
: Peter. BMB did a great job nailing their
: Rich gave and took about as good as I
: would've expected. He's being shown as
: powerful as he is.
: Someone mentioned he's being written as a
: younger version of Rich. I didn't think so.
: Re-read the last 10 issues of Nova and
: Thanos Imperative. From the bit of dialogue
: BMB gave Rich, I think he nailed him spot on
: from where we last saw him.
: Great action sequences. Seeing Rich taking
: on Thanos and holding his own was awesome.
: What matters the most to me is just this...
: I enjoyed the story from start to finish. I
: had fun reading it and don't regret buying
: it. The key word there for me is
: "fun". I'm also looking forward
: to next month and picking up GOTG #19, even
: though I'm dreading what might happen. Do I
: think GOTG #18 is a worth chapter in the RR
: Nova storyline? Absolutely. When a story
: is fun to read and you look forward to the
: next chapter, then that's all you can ask
: I'd recommend picking it up and reading it.
: You won't get all the answers about what
: happened to Rich, but honestly, would you
: really want that in a single issue anyway?
: Can't say I do...
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