REVIEW: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy,’ Issue #9

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Guardians Of The Galaxy #9

Guardians Of The Galaxy #9 involves a giant jump from the events of the last issue. While issue #8 focuses on Rocket Raccoon as he investigates a murder mystery, issue #9 follows a not-so-dead Star-Lord. Guardians Of The Galaxy #9 is published by Marvel Comics, written by Al Ewing, with art by Juann Cabal, colors by Federico Blee, and letters by VC’s Cory Petit.

Guardians Of The Galaxy #9 immediately reveals that Peter Quill, Star-Lord, is alive and relatively well. He’s very far away from home in a far-flung land amongst foreign people. With little understanding of how he got here or why his Element Gun no longer needs to be charged, Quill’s only hope is to survive and one day find his way back home. He easily falls back into old habits, moving around and helping out where he can. But as the years go by, he slowly begins to lose hope; will he ever return home?

This issue is certainly an interesting one both visually and tonally. Readers get to follow Quill as he roams across new worlds and encounters new people. The artwork and coloring really shine in this facet. From verdant landscapes to purple trees and skies, Blee brings forward a diverse palette that makes every panel visually stunning. Cabal’s lines are wonderfully detailed, only further enhancing the awe for the places Quill visits and the people he meets. The way the panels are laid out in a triangular fashion only adds to this comic’s pleasing visuals.

Ultimately, readers gain a better understanding of what exactly went down before Quill’s supposed death. It’s no surprise it wasn’t as clear cut as we’ve been led to believe from the other characters’ reactions. Even though it remains a large mystery to even Quill himself, we’re given a little more information about the Element Gun. But although Guardians Of The Galaxy #9 was an interesting and generally fun read, the pacing was a bit fast for my taste.

Quill changes over the course of the issue. He’s hopeful he’ll be able to return home; he holds onto old cultural customs and his humanity. But eventually, there’s a tipping point, and we see him accept his place amongst his new companions. Even though this change is monumental, and the significance of this shift hits home, we don’t get a feel for this new Quill for very long before another plot point is introduced. Additionally, over a hundred years have passed since Quill departed from his home dimension, and that’s a lot of time to cover in just 20 or so pages. The pacing feels too fast to really get to know this new side of Star-Lord. Hopefully, we’ll see how these changes have affected Quill in future issues, but this new Quill feels superficial for now.

Overall, Guardians Of The Galaxy #9 is a gorgeous issue. The artwork and colorwork are stunning and really lend to depictions of worlds and people you can’t help but want to learn more about. However, the pacing is quick, likely resulting from packing in over a hundred years into 20 pages.

Guardians Of The Galaxy #9 is available now wherever comics are sold.

Guardians Of The Galaxy #9
3.5

TL;DR

Overall, Guardians Of The Galaxy #9 is a gorgeous issue. The artwork and colorwork are stunning and really lend to depictions of worlds and people that you can’t help but want to learn more about. However, the pacing is a bit quick which is likely a result of packing in over a hundred years into 20 pages.