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Guardians Of The Galaxy #4: Review

Apr 2019
Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw

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The final gauntlet (4 of 6)

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4 stars

Guardians Of The Galaxy #4 Review by (May 5, 2019)
Cosmic Ghost Rider is still shown as part of the team on the cover, despite the fact that he left in #2 to join Eros' mob and is actually fighting *against* our guys this issue.

The Rocket subplot will be taken up in the next arc starting in #7 involving the "death of Rocket". He seemed to be preparing for death in the Avengers: No Road Home mini-series where he was trying to make amends for his past by returning things he had stolen, and he ticked "being an Avenger" off his bucket list.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Guardians Of The Galaxy #4 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The latest version of the Guardians Of The Galaxy have followed Gamora to Halfworld, the birthplace of Rocket Raccoon. They are here to save her from others who are after her because they believe she has been taken over by dead Thanos. Current Captain Groot sends Beta Ray Bill, Moondragon and Phyla Vell out of their spaceship while Star-Lord (Peter Quill) buries himself in a bottle.

But Gamora has spotted them arriving and shoots at them. (She doesn't know the GOTG's current ship and personnel.) Bill responds by hurling his hammer Stormbreaker. Gamora dives out of the way and it returns to his hand. She's ready when he throws it again, and when it comes back to him this time Bill finds it coated with little bombs - which Gamora detonates remotely. She's about to attack him with a big gun and a sword ...

... when Groot comes out of the ship and snares her with a long tendril. *He*'s someone she recognises so they hug. He explains they're the Guardians now. She explains she thought those people were here to kill Rocket. Then *he* explains about Thanos' will saying he's uploaded his consciousness into someone, and Eros has organised a team to find her and kill her because they think it's *her*. Gamora thinks the consciousness thing is a lie Thanos left to sow distrust.

Groot says it doesn't matter. They have to get her away from Halfworld for Rocket's sake before Eros' mob track her here. Groot agrees with Gamora that he doesn't like what Rocket is doing, and he promises they'll come back when the Thanos thing is over. And we see Rocket's paw at the window of nearby a building bristling with cannons. Gamora agrees and they fly away.

Groot introduces her to the new ship The Ryder (named by Peter after Winona of that name). Quill himself insists on handcuffing her, in case she really is Thanos. (He's still smarting from when she killed him in Infinity Wars.)

But then Nova (Richard Rider) crashes through the side of the ship. He's come to warn them about Eros' Dark Guardians looking for Gamora. Then he sees her with them and realises he's led the foe right to her. Indeed outside we see Cosmic Ghost Rider, G-Type, Gladiator, Nebula, Plutonia II, Wraith and some Kree soldiers. They tell Star-Lord to surrender Gamora, because his ship has no weapons. But he indicates the folks with him - living weapons.

Gladiator eye-blasts The Ryder. Groot takes them to a planet to land on but the blast crippled the landing gear. If mechanical genius Rocket were here he could fix it. But instead Beta Ray Bill flies out and supports the ship down to the ground.

Quill won't un-handcuff Gamora and tells her to stay out of the fight. The others go out to face the enemy. Bill fights Gladiator. Star-Lord vs G-Type. Phyla-Vell vs Nebula. Moondragon and the Dragon Of The Moon take on Ghost Rider. Groot and Star-Lord just hit Kree. Meanwhile it's unclear who Wraith is attacking, and Plutonia is just flying around. And Gamora is trying to break her handcuffs.

CGR blasts the Dragon with hellfire, and Moondragon feels the pain through her psychic link. Heather Douglas' cry distracts Phyla who falls to a blast from Nebula. Star-Lord runs to her aid, but Nebula gets a blade to his throat. However Gamora has broken free in time to blast *her*. But then a stray eye-blast from the Bill/Gladiator fight hits Gamora's leg and she falls. Nebula is up and about to kill her 'sister' when Peter interposes himself and takes the blast. Everyone stops fighting as he dies (maybe) in Gamora's arms.

Geoff Shaw
Geoff Shaw
David Curiel
David Marquez (Cover Penciler)
David Marquez (Cover Inker)
Dean White (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Darren Shan. Editor-in-chief: C. B. Cebulski.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Richard Rider)

(Peter Quill)

Plus: Captain Marvel (Phyla-Vell), Cosmic Ghost Rider (Frank Castle), Dragon Of The Moon, G-Type, Gladiator (Kallark), Moondragon (of Infinity Wars), Nebula, Plutonia II, Wraith (Brian DeWolff).

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