The first Guardians of the Galaxy comic appeared way back in 1969, but you probably wouldn’t recognise any of its heroes in the recent Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Although there was a run of Guardians of the Galaxy comics in 2008, the latest reboot (of which Guardians of the Galaxy ‘Cosmic Avengers’ is the first instalment) will perhaps feel the most familiar to fans of the film.
Although this volume primarily focus on origin stories for each of the Guardians (of the Galaxy) in Cosmic Avengers, which is useful for first-time readers, that doesn’t mean it’s dry or too heavy. On the contrary, it’s full of action and excitement. In fact, I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that it throws you in at the deep end.
The inclusion of Iron Man is a little strange (perhaps indicative of Marvel not having much faith in the Guardians franchise before the success of the movie!), but it works. That’s even more true of his presence in future volumes.
There are some killer one-liners, mostly coming from Rocket Raccoon who’s witty and sarcastic throughout, but where this collection really shines is its artwork. I often found myself pausing to admire how scenes had been put together.
A couple of personal highlights include Rocket Raccoon’s budding (pun intended) friendship with Groot and an epic fight scene in London, although Captain Britain is nowhere to be found…
If you’ve seen the movie, or are just looking for your first Guardians of the Galaxy comic book, Cosmic Avengers is a great place to start.
Collects: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 #0.1, #1-3 and Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow’s Avengers #1
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