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Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2: Angela (Marvel Now) Hardcover – February 18, 2014


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Product Details

  • Series: Guardians of the Galaxy (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078516829X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785168294
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Award-winning comic-book creator Brian Michael Bendis is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics today. He has helmed a renaissance for Marvel's popular Avengers franchise, writing every issue of New Avengers and launching Avengers, Mighty Avengers and Dark Avengers. He has also written the event projects House of M, Secret War, Secret Invasion and Siege. Bendis is one of the architects of Marvel's Ultimate line of comics, having written every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man since its launch in 1999, as well as Ultimate Fantastic Four, Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Ultimate Origin, Ultimate Six and the Ultimate Enemy trilogy. The introduction of multiracial Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales made USA Today's front page and went on to become a hotbed topic on Fox News, CNN, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Howard Stern Show and more. Bendis' creator-owned projects include Scarlet with Alex Maleev, Brilliant with Mark Bagley, the Eisner Award-winning Powers with Mike Oeming and the Hollywood tell-all Fortune and Glory. Bendis is also the creator of Image Comics' Jinx line of crime comics, which has spawned the graphic novels Goldfish, Fire, Jinx and Torso with Marc Andreyko, and Total Sell Out. Sony and FX have completed principal photography on the pilot for Powers with Bendis as executive producer, and he's adapting Fire for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron. Bendis is also a writer and consulting producer for the Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man. As a member of Marvel Studios' Creative Committee, he has consulted on the films Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, and Marvel's The Avengers. He is head writer of the massive multiplayer online game Marvel Universe for Marvel and Gazillion games.

Neil Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newbery Medal, and Carnegie Medal. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008).

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Welcome to the Marvel Universe Angela!!
Sandra Fatima Alcantara Alves
I'm definitely still interested in reading more, I just wish there'd been a little more to this volume.
Sarah
If you like comics that are well plotted and make sense, look elsewhere.
R. Gale

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2014
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...Or, a rip in the space time continuum. Either way, this is what Valkyrie should be and still isn't. She's a kick-butt warrior who doesn't take crap from anyone. And as soon as she and Gamora finish throwing down, they're sure to be good friends.

Angela is a shot in the arm the GOTG needed after the opening volume; and her Arrival upsets the Watcher, Uatu. "She cannot be here." She's from Heven, and all she knows of Earth are childhood stories - much like Earth knows of Heaven. Peter Quill was close to one of the ruptures when the event that brought Angela from her universe occurred; an event Tony Stark knows something about. And Thanos says will doom the Earth. Just another apocalypse!

After Angela is introduced, the second half of the book is connected to the Infinity crossover, but isn't bogged down by it. Quill intercepts a distress call from Abigail Brand from the SWORD orbital station. The GOTG head to Earth to discover Thanos is trying to take it over! When their rescue mission goes awry, Angela arrives to assist and facilitate the Avengers arrival. That battle takes place "off screen" as part of the event. A lot happens in this volume but it avoids being a confusing mess by focusing on the characters. The volume closes with Angela and Gamora freeing slaves from the Badoon and Angela learning that the Badoon may know something of her people.

Overall, Angela is sure to be a lot fun for the Marvel Universe, especially in light of what is coming in the crossover Original Sin. I can't wait to see what happens! Highly recommended.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Frank L. Greenagel Jr. on February 23, 2014
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The 3-star review by Noel is spot on. Go read it.

A few points:
(1) Sara Pichelli's art is very good
(2) The plot is quite loose....lots of things happen just to happen and don't make much sense
(3) Angela, the heroine of the story, has little personality
(4) Too many fights that happen for no reason
(5) Bendis's strength is dialogue. Too many of his characters are offering up sarcastic quips - maybe this is the state of 2014 America, but I'd rather have some of these characters uttering deeper and more substantial thoughts
(6) Rocket Racoon has been moved to the backburner, and when he does talk, it is quite fluffy

*addendum - Tony Stark in space does not work (I realized this while on the treadmill today). He has inferior technology compared to most of the other races that the Guardians come into contact with. He wouldn't be able to zoom around and defeat soldiers with better tech and huge spaceships for more advanced civilizations. It is similar to a 15th century soldier taking out a 21st century soldier today. It's silly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Bradshaw on September 17, 2014
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Neil Gaiman's character, Angela, is introduced, but they don't really do anything with her. I'm not even sure why that character was brought into this.

Some of the stories are hit or miss, but good overall. Pretty funny throughout. Worth a read.
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The ending of Age of Ultron saw time tear and multiple things change as a result, one of them being the introduction of Angela into the Marvel Universe. Who’s Angela, you say? She was a celestial bounty hunter created by Neil Gaiman during his short run on Todd Macfarlane’s Spawn series in the early 90s. She disappeared for several years while Gaiman and Macfarlane fought for who owned the rights to the character with the courts eventually favouring Gaiman. So now she’s back after Gaiman handed her over to Marvel for an appearance in the rebooted Guardians of the Galaxy, and was subsequently touted as co-writer on the Angela issues, eventually getting bumped down to consultant on Angela’s dialogue(!) for some reason. Marvel are trying to make Angela a big deal even though, if we’re all honest, few people heard of her until recently, and even fewer cared. And even though I’m not sure why her introduction had to be such a big event, she has been an ok addition to this increasingly unexciting series.

The Guardians are momentarily split with Rocket, Gamora, Tony and Groot bumming around on their spaceship while Star-Lord and Drax investigate the time incursions alien planet-side. This book commits one of the most annoying things I hate about superhero comics – arbitrary superhero fights. Angela shows up, is understandably angry at being suddenly displaced and heads to Earth for answers – Gamora then decides to attack Angela for no reason and the two swordfight on the moon. What happened to communication? How about talking to Angela first before trying to slice her head off? The fight is undeniably visually cool but in the aftermath everyone sheepishly realises if they’d just talked to start with, all of the fighting could’ve been averted – DUH!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Surgical Orpheus on April 10, 2014
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I'm not really into scifi and it was with great reluctance that I picked up the first issue of The Guardians of the Galaxies last incarnation. I immediately fell in love with it's characters and sense of humor. It never took itself too seriously; even the characters were sometimes in disbelief or complaining about how they just don't like this space stuff.

The present series may only appeal to those who enjoyed the last series, but I know that many people who loved Guardians the last time around are not big fans of this current run. Still, with the movie coming out- I don't think Marvel will overlook the potential of this awesome title.
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