Writer: Nicole Perlman / Artist: Marco Checchetto / Marvel Comics
Nicole Perlman’s Gamora is Marvel Comics’ best-kept secret. On its third issue Gamora finds herself captured on Ubilex, a planet inside a black hole, a planet about to implode inside said black hole, a planet that hosts the one heir to the bloodline she plans to finally snuff out of existence. Gamora’s thought process explains her actions on this dying planet she finds herself on, as she continues to disregard her safety and make decisions that would be otherwise be crazy to a normal person, with the nearly lighthearted, matter-of-fact tone of “now I know what you’re thinking…”
She continues entering increasingly dangerous scenarios and survives not because she cares about her life – she doesn’t – but because she has to complete her revenge before she dies. She’s unafraid of her own death to the point of practically welcoming its relief from her tortured life of servitude and emptiness, her only condition being to die peacefully having murdered one last person. On her quest for that one last person person she is leaving a trail of bodies in her wake, as Gamora’s body count is nearing action movie levels.
On the other side of Gamora’s tale of revenge is the woman whom Gamora is chasing who, coincidentally, is the same woman she partnered with in issue #2. It was no surprise L’Wit is the adult version of the baby Gamora was chasing, a result of the time-change from Eastern Galaxy Standard Time where they gained a few hours, and the fact it wasn’t built as a shocker makes for a smoother, more genuine scene where Gamora’s realization didn’t falsely derail her will to kill, but instead changed how readers might have felt about her actually going through with it. L’Wit’s character grows over a short period of time to be someone you hope for, someone readers would feel remorse over after have felt as cold as Gamora during every death until the potential of this one.
Overall, Gamora continues to be a beautifully drawn, fantastic space adventure whose single-minded protagonist is about to be forced to adapt. The series has covered a lot of ground in only 3 issues and shows no sign of losing its grip; between Thanos, Nebula, L’Wit, Badoon, and the latest reveal from this issue, Gamora and Perlman have a lot of toys in their toy box.