All Nebula ever wanted was a sister, but all Gamora ever wanted was to win.
Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms is a brand new novel by Marvel and Disney Books, which delves into a dual story about the titular sisters on their individual and intersecting journeys on Torndune, a once lush planet turned into a mineral-stripped mining world.
Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms is a Beautiful Tragedy
While the films have given us a lot to work with in regards to the tenuous sisterly bond between Gamora and Nebula, this new Marvel novel deepens the tragedy of their relationship tenfold. If anything, the novel makes Thanos even more sinister of a villain as we watch, first hand, as he manipulates and emotionally abuses his daughters.
It’s tragic to see how the two sisters are pitted against one another, in a constant state of uncertainty about where they stand with their father and with one another. Both of them sacrifice so much of themselves just to become the perfect weapon for him, but it’s still never enough to earn his love or care.
Guardians of the Galaxy is already in a league of its own when it comes to gritty sci-fi, and Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms perfectly matches the aesthetic of the films and the world the characters occupy. At times I found myself getting lost in the underlying world that Macknezi Lee created around these familiar characters, which is the hallmark of truly masterful worldbuilding.
I really enjoyed the way that Lee chose to present Lady Death, treating the entity as a character of their own, one that seems to haunt, manipulate, and sway the characters within the story. That, coupled with the inclusion of the cynical Universal Church of Truth, creates a really intriguing undercurrent about life, death, and religion, which is interwoven throughout Gamora and Nebula’s misadventures.
An unexpected highlight of Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms was the inclusion of the Grandmaster in transcript interludes throughout the book.
As someone who is not exactly the biggest Marvel fan, I kept putting off this book and now I’m disappointed that I didn’t read it sooner. Gamora and Nebula is really good. Guardians of the Galaxy is a really fun and quirky aspect of the MCU and this novel delivers with real gravitas and a weight to these characters which will strengthen future rewatches of the films.
Despite being a young adult novel about teenagers, Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms delivers heightened emotions, dire consequences, life or death decisions, and plenty of tragedy for a pair of sisters that deserve the world and are given nothing in return for their heartbreak. It’s a depressing story, but one you won’t want to miss if you love these characters or are just looking for deeper dives into the backstories of Marvel characters.
Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms is out today.