Guardians of the Galaxy #1 – Arthur’s Pick of the Week

If I say this comic was “out of this world” will you ever speak to me again…? (SPOILERS BELOW)

With the movie in development you might be interested in finding out more about the Guardians of the Galaxy before it’s released. And the superstar creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven are doing their best to make sure you’ll be reading this series long after as well…

Issue 0.1 set up the history of Peter Quill (Star-Lord) a few weeks ago, and while it’s not required reading to enjoy this issue it does give a background and some perspective on events within. We meet Peter in an off-world bar, attempting to pick up a Kree woman before he’s interrupted by the appearance of his absentee father. Peter is half-human, half Spartax, and the heir to an empire. We learn that a new law means extra-terrestrials won’t be allowed to set foot on Earth any longer. Being part alien, this of course also includes Peter. But with tensions between father and son already running high, he’s not about to start doing as he’s told now.

This discussion is also interrupted, this time by fellow Guardian Gamora (“the most dangerous woman in the universe” according to Peter’s father), coming to what she thinks is the rescue. It tells us all we need to know, introducing Gamora to new and old fans alike, and the rest of the Guardians aren’t far behind – Groot, Rocket Raccoon and Drax the Destroyer join Star-Lord and Gamora on a double page spread as they intercept a Badoon warship, alongside Iron Man in his current (and ugly) deep space armour.

The inclusion of Iron Man may help to bring otherwise undecided readers to this book, and despite being out in space to “get away from the ten teams of Avengers” he seems destined to become part of yet another roster of heroes. As Star-Lord rescues a fallen Stark we’re shown that the Guardians are a fully-functioning unit, a capable team who work well together and have genuine chemistry. Even if you’ve never read any Guardians of the Galaxy before, Drax’s reluctance to leave anyone behind establishes their unity, and Rocket Raccoon goes the extra mile to rescue his buddy Groot.

This comic is definitely worth your time, and I’d seriously recommend getting yourself a copy while it’s still on the shelf. It’s fast, funny and action-packed, beautifully drawn and intriguing, and once the trailers start appearing for what will surely be a shining star in Marvel’s movie universe this issue is going to be much harder to get hold of…

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