Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (Spoiler-Free Edition)

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I don’t know if you know, but Guardians of the Galaxy came out this weekend. Look out for a spoilery discussion once the rest of the GRC team gets the chance to watch it!

I got to see Guardians of the Galaxy a few days early thanks to the wonderful people over at Skype Moments. The experience was great, starting with free popcorn and soda and ending with a small gift bag of a t-shirt, button set, and stickers. Shiny, shiny Guardian-themed stickers. Everyone in the audience were obvious Marvel fans, which was especially obvious in the fact that nobody left once the credits started – unfortunate, because our screening didn’t have an end credits scene. Damn you, Skype Moments! I love you, but daaaamn yooooou!

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A few images from my night.

So, on to the film.

There are many moments and points I want to touch upon that will have to wait until the spoiler review/discussion, but for an overall theme, I’m going to quote my wonderful, hilarious boyfriend:

#GuardiansoftheGalaxy are kind of like the A-Team….. if the A-Team was full of drunk sociopaths.

That is basically the gist of what I got out of Guardians of the Galaxy as well; it’s got all the rough and tumble action fun of the A-Team, and plays fast and loose and has fun with its PG-13 rating. There are great emotional moments, there are ridiculously over the top and fun action scenes, and some of the best musical cues I have scene in any movie recently.

clintbartons @ tumblrThe color palette of the film was amazing, especially after the sepia-toned Wonder Woman reveal at Comic Con, and the recent glut of desaturated or teal and blue movies. Color saturates every single frame of this film, even in scenes with monochromatic sets, and it makes for a visually exciting experience.

Then there’s the humor. It’s exactly the kind of humor you’d expect out of a movie like this, and what I loved best was that Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon didn’t carry the humor – everyone had at least one great funny moment. There were many times the next few lines of the film were drowned out by the laughter of the audience, and it ranged from the very basest of physical comedy to some great Marvel-related quips and gags.

While I did have some problems with some aspects of the movie, such as Gamora and Nebula’s motivation versus everyone else’s (more about that in the spoiler review), I think the film as a whole came out strong and did exactly what I expected of it: I laughed a lot, and it’s opened up cosmic Marvel for the movie universe, which I love. Love love love.

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P.S. If Groot doesn’t end up being everyone’s favorite character of 2014, then there is something wrong with this world.

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Art Love: Steve Rogers

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What We’re Reading Wednesday

Wednesday! Glorious comic book day! Check out our post to see what we’re looking forward to reading this week, and let us know what you’re picking up as well.

Our pull of the week:

Hawkeye #19
Story: Matt Fraction
Art: David Aja
Letters: Matt Hollingsworth
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Kate gets to the bottom of the greatest mystery in the entire Marvel Universe right this very hot second: just who the H is that guy in the trench coat that seems to live in her cat food aisle? The answer may surprise you.

Or maybe not, maybe you’re super-good at this kind of thing.

Anyway a simple investigation dovetails into Kate’s desperate race to stay one step ahead of the woman that’s sworn to kill her: Madame Masque and what started off as a zany summer vacation gets a little bloody. Buckle up, buttercups. [CBR]

Keep reading for our picks!

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Art Love: Quicksilver

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Quicksilver by Liv

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Review: Letter 44, Vol. 1: Escape Velocity

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Story: Charles Soule
Art: Alberto Alburquerque
Colors: Guy Major
Letters: Shaw DePasquale
Publisher: Oni Press
Release date: July 30th, 2014

On Inauguration Day, newly elected President Stephen Blades hoped to tackle the most critical issues facing the nation: war, the economy, and a failing health care system. But in a letter penned by the outgoing President, Blades learns the truth that redefines “critical”: seven years ago, NASA discovered alien presence in the asteroid belt, and kept it a secret from the world. A stealth mission crewed by nine astronauts was sent to make contact, and they’re getting close – assuming they survive the long journey to reach their destination.

Today, President-elect Blades has become the most powerful man on the planet. This planet.

Though I love superhero comics, there’s something about finding other genres among the racks and the great stories within. Image Comics dominates in the non-superhero field, I think, but Oni Press joined the fray with this sci-fi gem.  Continue Reading

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MCU Phase 3 and Beyond: Our Guesses

It’s shaping up to be a big year for announcements at San Diego Comic Con, and we here at GRCT are on pins and needles waiting to see what Marvel has in store for their panel tomorrow, even if none of us will be in attendance!

Recently, Marvel announced movie release dates all the way out to 2019, and it got us thinking about what we think is coming up for Marvel after 2015′s Age of Ulton and Ant-Man.

Our guesses and wishes for those empty release dates after the jump!

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Art Love: Peggy Carter

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Peggy Carter by Hieu

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Missing SDCC? Win Some Stuff Instead!

2014 is an odd year that finds the entire crew here at Girls Read Comics Too missing out on San Diego Comic Con, and all the geekery that it entails. And as easy as it is to follow all of the breaking comics news and read liveblogs of the panels online, sometimes, it just doesn’t compare to being there in person.

We can’t fly you out there to catch the convention in person, but thought that some free comics might help ease the pain.

So for those of you not in San Diego this weekend, we ask: What are you the most upset about missing at SDCC?

Let us know by photoshopping your response into the following image:

We’re not looking for professional work here, but creativity and hilarity count! We’ll be accepting entries both in the comment section here and on twitter, but make sure to use the hashtag #GRCTMissingSDCC there so that we see your entry!

$5, $10 and $20 Comixology e-giftcards are up for grabs, for the three most creative entries. Contest ends 12:00am EST, Monday, July 28, 2014.

Find a couple of examples of what we’re upset about missing after the jump.

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What We’re Reading Wednesday

It might be SDCC week, but it’s still Wednesday, and that means new comics! Check out what we’re looking forward to reading this week, and let us know what you’re picking up as well.

Our pulls of the week:

Storm #1
Story: Greg Pak
Art: Victor Ibanez
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Thief. Goddess. Headmistress. Queen. The X-Man called STORM has always defied a single title. And her desire to better the world has never been limited to only her own kind. On a mission to foster goodwill and safeguard the mutant race’s continued existence in her own way, Storm will travel the globe, confronting man and mutant, god and monster and everything in between. She will overthrow tyrants, quell tsunamis and strive to see her dream for the world realized. She is STORM, a hero like no other….and the skies will tremble at the sight of their namesake.

Afterlife with Archie #6
Story: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa 
Art: Francesco Francavilla 
Publisher: Archie Comics

“Witch in the Dream House”: The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul! 

Keep reading for our picks!

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Thor News Isn’t That Shocking (Pun Intended)

“What do you think of the news about Lady!Thor?”

thor_esadribicThis question has been running rampant through the blogosphere and beyond since Marvel’s announcement last week. As a comic book fan of the female persuasion, I lost the ability to count how many times I had been asked that question in person by the middle of Wednesday.  So the question remains, what do I think of the announcement?

Honestly? I met this news with something of a shrug.  It’s not as surprising as it could have been. In fact, I would have been more bowled over by news confirming that the July 8, 2016 date that Marvel has on hold for another movie belongs to a Black Widow (or Captain Marvel) feature film. That would’ve been news worth melting down about.

That’s not to say that I’m not thoroughly psyched to learn more about this new Thor. We’ve not yet received news about who will be picking up both Mjolnir and the mantle, whether she’ll be someone already existing in the universe (suggestions that it’ll be Valkyrie who is found worthy has been bandied about) or someone entirely new. I’m rooting for the latter myself, as I’d like for the mainstream Marvel universe to gain more awesome ladies rather than have a pre-existing one deal with constant comparisons to her predecessor.

This is not the first time that Mjolnir has changed hands nor the first time that Thor stopped being Thor. He was stripped of his hammer and sent to live as  Dr. Donald Blake back in the sixties, an identity he might be forced to resume come the fall and the rise of new Thor. Mjolnir briefly was held by a minor character known as Thunderstrike. But all of these are relics from a time when Thor was less of a well-known Marvel fixture and more of a sometimes-funny, definitely amusingly lettered non-headliner.  The loss of his Thor GOT 23hammer actually makes a lot of sense when it comes to the current arc of Thor: God of Thunder. Since its first issue the series was always telling of the downfall of a hero. Why would he get to keep a hammer that demands its owner be worthy of greatness when he’s done so much that just isn’t? 

I’ve been a fan of Thor since I was a kid (I can even sing the theme song to the 1966 cartoon). I was a defender of Thor getting his own movie, encouraging people to check out the at times totally absurd comics featuring him. Changing who wields the hammer isn’t going to change that. I’m standing by Thor, keeping Thor #1 plugged into my pull list come October.  I’m excited to see what kind of Thor she turns out to be.  Let her be in the vein of the seriously awesome Carol Danvers, who picked up moniker of Captain Marvel to the chittering of a lot of discussion.

I just hope the next time they dub a new heroine with a familiar alias, the words “shocking” have nothing to do with her gender and everything to do with the gut-wrenching way that she gets the name. That’s the sort of shock factor that I read comics for.

Thor debuts in October. The series will feature Jason Aaron (writer) and Russell Dauterman (artist). 

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