[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
We view Nebula’s trials in the God Quarry at the hands of the Witches of Infinity. Nebula prevails, and, in the present, she and her hoard of undead gods assail Chandilar, seat of the Shi’ar Empire, and the Imperial Guard. Gladiator fights hard, but Nebula’s forces are too many and too powerful. On Netredeen, the Asgardians of the Galaxy continue their fight against the infant gods of the planet, and we see how Throg and Skurge the Executioner were recruited into this team. Skurge thirsts for a better life this time, and he’s not yet found it among this crew.
Asgardians of the Galaxy #3 continues this book’s upward trend. We dig into the pathos of Nebula and why she is waging this crusade, but we also see that she is not without a heart. We also learn Throg and Skurge’s motivations, showing that this isn’t just a team of people thirsty for battle and glory.
The cover teases at an undead Thor attacking the Asgardians, but that never comes to pass. The most significant undead Asgardian we see is Odin, which is nothing to sneeze at. It is a little bothersome that the cover specifically states that the Asgardians of the Galaxy will be fighting a Thor without delivering.
That complaint aside, this is a smarter issue than the prior two, and it shows that this book is more than a name-pun and a loose tie-in to Infinity Wars.
Matteo Lolli continues to provide solid artwork for the main thrust of the issue. Andre Lima Araujo joins up for the Nebula section, Jill Thompson for Throg, and Mike del Mundo for Skurge the Executioner. Each artist makes a good contribution, with Thompson fitting Throg’s perspective well while Del Mundo’s work is a clever connection to the current Thor series. Federico Blee, Erick Arciniega, Thompson, and Del Mundo contribute the color work, which also keeps a high level of quality throughout the comic.
Asgardians of the Galaxy #3 is another solid entry into the series. We learn motivations, see massive battles, and continue on the trail of Nebula’s warpath with the help of some talented artists. This one is worthy of a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Asgardians of the Galaxy #3 comes to us from writer Cullen Bunn, artists Matteo Lolli, Andre Lima Araujo, Jill Thompson, and Mike del Mundo, color artists Federico Blee, Erick Arciniega, Jill Thompson, and Mike del Mundo, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, and cover artist Dale Keown with Jason Keith.