Review – Guarding the Globe #3

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Guarding the Globe #3Wow, how many ways can I say I just didn’t enjoy this third issue.  It’s also the first of the series I’ve read, but can’t say it was enough that I’d want to go check out the first two issues.  Guarding the Globe #3 doesn’t feature the things I really enjoy about team books, likable characters with a bit of personality conflict, witty banter or a big time threat that makes it clear the world needs them.

As the Viltrumite War rages on within the pages of INVINCIBLE, the Guardians of the Globe are the last line of defense on Earth. New York is under siege, and the Guardians are called in. El Chupacabra is brought along on his first mission, but he’s hiding a dark secret that could tear the team apart! Featuring a special guest-appearance by The Astounding Wolf-Man!

What’s fascinating is with that description, I can’t say that’s what I read at all.  There were characters talking and getting to know each other.  There was a fight against some giant rock monster that I just didn’t see anything but cheesy and then there was the big reveal of the bad guys at the end.  Overall it was a big yawn.

Here I think the story by Robert Kirkman and Benito Cereno flops.  The characters aren’t likable, and the threat just isn’t to a point a team needs to come together.  This was my first issue, but can’t say it gives me much reason to check out the first two.

Plot: Kirkman and Cereno’s story just doesn’t do it for me.  I just didn’t like the characters, the threat didn’t seem real enough and overall there wasn’t much to make me want to come back for more.  The elements that make so many other team books work so well.  There’s just something that’s missing here and I just haven’t been given enough to want to go back and see what I’ve missed.  Rating: 6

Art: The art by Ransom Getty isn’t too bad, with the usual mix of over the top Image villains who often wear their names and powers on their sleeves.  The style is decent and fits it’s cousin series Invincible.  Too bad there just isn’t more to work with story wise.  Rating: 7.75

Overall: It’s my first issue, and likely it’d be my last.  I’d only ever read what’s put before me, and wouldn’t drop a dime on the series.  The heroes I wanted to see lose and die, the bad guys are laughable and story just not exciting.  Kirkman rarely misses, but this one does so by a mile.  Rating: 6.25

Recommendation: Pass

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.50     Release: 1/26/11

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.