From Marvel Comics and the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis (writer) and Valero Schiti & David Lopez (artist/co-artist issue 22), Guardians of the Galaxy #22 & 23, are both fun from a story perspective and a lot of fun from an illustrative perspective.
While I initially questioned the addition of Flash Thompson a.k.a. Venom to the Guardians of the Galaxy team, issues #22 & 23 did a great job of solidifying Venom’s place among the Guardians. Initially, the story centers around the Venom symbiote taking over practically every member of the team in an attempt to gain control of the team’s ship. The symbiote’s true motive however is to get back to its home world in an attempt to reconnect with its source.
While the action was fun and the art dynamic, issue 23’s focus is to give the symbiote a compassionate back story in which it is understood just how and why the Venom symbiote lost its way. Flash Thompson however is the singular warrior who has been able to redeem the symbiote and now once again joined with Thompson, Venom has reinvented itself so as to become a more focused and dedicated space warrior and worthy member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
This arc was definitely fun and oh yes, did I mention that Peter Quill has just been voted President of the Spartax Empire!? EXCELSIOR True Believers!!!
Written by: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, as well as a science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art, and he currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator. Tye also serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County, with a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on Facebook as well as at www.thelightersideofscifi.com and you can also send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.