Art by: Scott Hepburn, Marcus To, Scott Hanna, Antonio Fabela and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Jumping into this series, I knew two things...C.M. Punk was writing it and Drax was my least favorite character in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Luckily, my love of Punk won out because this comic book surprised the crap out of me. What I thought was going to be just another ultra violent slug fest actually is a fun book with a colorful cast of characters and a real sense of humor. Sure, the basics of the story are just that, pretty basic, but this book is all about the journey and the journey has been pretty damn hilarious. So, here goes my review for Drax #8...
To catch everybody up on the story, during a Guardians of the Galaxy break, Drax decided it was time to go kill Thanos. Instead of doing that, though, he has gathered (and lost) a whole bunch of companions, fought Fin Fang Foom, been attacked by Space Pirates (a couple of times), had more than one bounty put on his head all while trying to return a bunch of kids to their home planets and families. There is more to it, but just think It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World with more robots and space travel and just a little less Buddy Hackett.
Now that we are all up to speed, this issue opens with everyone on the Space Sucker (Rocket Raccoon's Space Ship that Drax is borrowing) and when I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE! I'll tell you now, I love the characters in this book, but right now my favs are Planet Terry and the robot head. While that sounds like some kind of 70's glam band, they are just two of the characters and I'm sure that most readers have their own favorites because Punk and Bunn do a great job with each and every one of them.
While they all argue and make me laugh, they are once again attacked by space pirates. Surprise, surprise! Of course, a big battle ensues and while In space, no one can hear you scream, there is plenty of lip reading. Actually, while the battle rages on around them, Cammi and Terry play the old "Make up what Drax is saying" game and it's a nice poke at Drax's usual dialogue. You know the stuff..."I am the Destroyer" and "I will kill Thanos", rinse and repeat.
While this is going on, Pip the Troll takes matters in his own hands and the Snake Haired Girl that Drax saved shows she is more than meets the eye. No, she's not a Transformer, but she is pretty cool anyway. After the battle is won, Torgo jumps in on Cammi and Terry's game and shows that he is the best at it ever.
The issue continues with the Snake Haired Girl being returned to her family, but they don't believe in rewards (they're broke!) and so Drax and the Gang (especially Pip) seem to be left empty handed. However, that isn't really the case.
The issue ends with the return of a cool villain and a reveal that was not at all shocking, but was really cool all the same. I won't spoil it, but if you've been reading the entire series, it is not hard to guess what happens.
I have really enjoyed this series and even though this issue was pretty much setup, I had fun reading it. The dialogue between all the characters is great and while the book boils down to a zany road trip, I actually care for almost everyone of them. C.M. Punk and Cullen Bunn play it for laughs and they do succeed.
There are a bunch of people on the art team and while I am a dummy and really can't tell you what things like "breakdowns" and "finishes" really mean, this issue looked pretty damn good.
Bits and Pieces:
This book is just your typical zany, buddy road trip from hell in space with robots and space pirates with laser guns and aliens book that seems to come around...well, it doesn't come around enough. C.M. Punk and Cullen Bunn aren't changing the world, but not every book needs to. If you want to laugh and smile, pick it up. If you want to frown, listen to our podcast (HERE).