Sunday, February 11, 2018

Reader's Diary #1730- Nicole Perlman (writer), Marco Checchetto (artist): Gamora Memento Mori

I suspect there are many out there like me who first encountered Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Long time comic readers, however, know that she's been around for quite a while (1975) and was not lumped into the Guardians group for the longest time. There are, nonetheless, a few consistent parts to her character bio: she's a green alien, for instance, and she was raised as a deadly assassin by the villain Thanos.

Besides being green, however, her appearance has changed greatly over the years and in Nicole Perlman and Marco Checchetto's Memento Mori she's drawn far more respectfully and suited to actual combat than many of the over-sexualized versions of the past. Actually, she and most of the characters in this book owe more to their screen versions than past comic book appearances.

Memento Mori backtracks a bit in Gamora's story to the beginning of her journey as a hero rather than a villain, when she begins to realize that vengeance and hatred can be self-destructive and doesn't offer the closure we often think it will.

For the most part the story works and is entertaining, though it's a bit dialogue heavy. I support the idea of problems being solved with words rather than fighting, but in this book the talking often takes place while fighting (which is just weird) and Gamora's change of heart seems too rushed to be plausible.

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