Guardians of the Galaxy #4
Written by Donny Cates
Art by Geoff Shaw
Colors by David Curiel
Letters by Cory Petit
Groot and the Guardians have tracked Gamora to Halfworld. Being the home of Rocket, the team is cautious when they leave the ship, but Beta Ray Bill gets the first and only warning shot they are going to receive from Gamora herself. Not impressed with the warning, Bill and the others attempt to bring her in, but it takes Groot being a friend to finally get her to calm down.
On board the ship, the reunion between Gamora and Peter is naturally tense, but they manage to come to an understanding before Nova arrives and to warn them. It only takes a moment before the hero realizes his mistake as Gladiator, Nebula and the rest of the Dark Guardians arrive to take Gamora into custody. After being forced down and drawn into a fight to protect their friend, someone will make the ultimate sacrifice to stop the fighting before it gets worse.
This issue blew me away with how action packed it is as well as the heart it shows in the character interactions. Donny Cates really knows how to inject a serious subject with humor and effective comedic moments. From the first page forward, the issue balances the seriousness of Gamora’s actions with the light tone that made this iteration of the Guardians appealing to readers in the first place. The moments on Halfworld are great, but Cates does a great job of ramping up the action when the team returns to space and are confronted by Gladiator and his Dark Guardians.
Geoff Shaw dominates with the art in this issue. Every panel and character looks amazing and the final battle between these two groups looks beautiful in both scope and scale.