The GeeksverseGuarding The Globe #4 – Advanced Review

Guarding The Globe #4 – Advanced Review
Published on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 by

Written by: Robert Kirkman & Benito Cereno
Penciled by: Ransom Getty
Inked by: Russell Jackson
Colored by: Thomas Mason w/ Rex Stabbs
Lettered by: Rus Wooten
Cover Art: Ransom Getty w/ Fco Plascencia
Editor: Sina Grace

After a delay between #2 and 3, #4 hits on schedule. The story moves alot quicker then previously. We’re introduced to alot of new characters. Kirkman does a good job at giving each a bit of a spotlight. It’s not enough to really get to know the characters, but it does keep them from being totally two dimensional. They’re not just powers, names and costumes.

Is it enough to really care about any of them? No, not really.

Most of the issue is taken up with the various team members scattered around the world. There’s long single panels of the team members fighting super villians at different locations. Then there’s the panels of the team members engaged in downtime.

Again it’s not enough to really care about the characters. But it does move the story along. I don’t know if that is necessarily a good thing. The strength of a team book is that you care about the characters and their interactions with eachother. There’s been no time to develop any kind of connection with the Guardians of the Globe. The ones we know alot about, Brit and Chupacabra, aren’t enough to carry the book. Chupacabra had an interesting story, but it gets lost in the flood of other characters.

At this point his story just serves to cause conflict in the team and put them in bad situations. It leads to the death of a teammate but that doesn’t carry the weight it should because these are characters that we don’t really care about. Some even get lost in the flood of others. We met some over the first couple issues but those end up being in the background.

Getty’s art is decent. He’s got a good style. He’s asked to handle alot in this issue. And some of the panels seem over crowded, with too much detail and objects in them. He has to overload the panels because he has to show so much in them.

The problem is that there’s so many characters that they start to look alike. I had a hard time telling which one was Outrun, Le Bruiser and Knockout. Is Kid Thor dating Knockout or Outrun?

There’s just too much going on. Getty can handle it, but he’s being asked to do alot. Being asked to much.

Guarding The Globe #4 receives
3.5 out of 5

There’s just too much going on. There’s too much being lost in the overload.

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