Monday, February 20, 2017

Gamora #3 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday

Life’s Not Fair

Written By: Nicole Perlman
Art By: Marco Checchetto, Andres Mossa
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

This look back at Gamora’s history has been entertaining so far but it really does remove the stakes of the story. It’s hard to feel like Gamora’s in any legitimate danger considering we know where she is at in the present storyline. That said, I still find the book beautiful and he story is entertaining enough to keep me going with it. When we left Gamora, she had landed upon the planet Ubilex in order to hunt down the final royal member of the Badoon race. This would effectively claim her vengeance upon them for killing her race. Shortly after landing though, Gamora was captured and seems like her captors plan on sacrificing her to their god. So, let’s jump right into this issue and find out what’s gonna happen next.

Ubilex is about to be swallowed up by a nearby black hole and the planet is understandably falling to complete chaos. However, some of the inhabitants have put their hope into their faith and have been collecting some inhabitants and sacrificing them in hopes of appeasing their god. Unfortunately, Gamora seems to be their latest attempt. However, it doesn’t take long for Gamora to free herself from her restaints and kill the surrounding members of the cult. In doing so, she saves another prisoner from the same fate. Luckily for her, this prisoner has been in the area for quite a while and his knowledge can help lead her to her prey.

We catch back up with the young woman named L’wit who had helped Gamora earlier. She is currently traveling with a bounty hunter who secretly is trying to capture her for the Badoon. Turns out, she is the only surviving member of the royal family and is the very person that Gamora is attempting to hunt down. L’wit, however, believes that Gamora is her savior. The bounty hunter takes a moment away from L’wit and contacts the Badoon. He tells them that he has the girl and just needs a way off planet. The Badoon agree to send down a crystal that will generate enough power to get them away from the black hole’s gravity. We catch back up with Gamora who visits a salvage shop. There, she finds the man who has treated L’wit as a daughter for many years Despite Gamora’s use of violence, he decides to aid her and tells her where she can most likely find L’wit. She is most likely with the Vestigials.

We cut back to L’wit and the bounty hunter who have found the drone that the Badoon sent down. This is when L’wit discovers the bounty hunter’s plan and the two fight. During the struggle L’wit is able to turn the bounty hunter’s gun against him and sedate him. Unfortunately, when she reaches the drone, she finds that the core is already gone. It has been taken by the Vestigials who immediately appear and capture L’wit. Gamora finds the Vestigial’s base and after murdering a guard, she gains access to the cells. In there, she finds L’wit who she plans to kill immediately. After kicking her over though, she recognizes her face and gives her a knife in order to free herself. L’wit believes Gamora to be her ally but once she has freed herself Gamora attacks. She repayed L’wit’s kindness by giving her a chance to fight back but she is quickly overpowered by Gamora. Just before Gamora deals a killing blow though, L’wit reveals that Gamora is not the last of the Zen-Whoberi. This is when the door opens and the Vestigials walk through the door, revealing themselves to be members of Gamora’s race. This is where the issue leaves us.

This issue is pretty much the same as all the others. Gorgeous art and entertaining story but with very little stakes. However, I will say that it is getting a bit better now that we have actual storylines that interest me. Gamora has been the last of her race for a long time and now there are others suddenly. This is an interesting story that could lead to some great moments and I have to give credit there. However, I once again feel that the stakes in this story are much lower because we know where the story is going to end up. Overall, if you liked this series so far, nothing will really change. You may like it more than you did before. To me, this is an entertaining and above-average comic, but that’s about it.

Bits and Pieces

If you’ve been enjoying the Gamora title to this point, you will most likely continue to do so. This issue hits the same beats as the previous one but adds a bit more story near the end of it. The art continues to be absolutely gorgeous in this book and it’s worth buying for it alone. However, art isn’t enough for most comic fans and have a book like this with such low stakes is going to make for an uphill battle to keep sales up.


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