Three years ago Marvel Studios released Guardians of the Galaxy which rapidly rocketed to being one of the biggest domestic films of the year and, in the process, transformed the team into one of Marvel Comic’s most bankable brands. Such success might raise fans’ expectations for Marvel to publish some stellar Guardians yarns; such expectations proved to be misguided. Fans did get a great Rocket Raccoon solo book (or more precisely a string ofsolo titles, only the last of which disappointed). Unfortunately when the film came out, the main Guardians title was already in the throes of a run by Brian Michael Bendis. Bendis’ time on the title suffered from all of his flaws while benefiting from none of his strengths. Poorly plotted and overly quipy, his Guardians represented the writer in full autopilot mode. After a four year stretch, Bendis’ last issue on the series arrived last month, making way this week for a new relaunch and, most importantly, a new creative team. Right off the bat, writer Gerry Duggan and artist Aaron Kuder inject the title with a delightful energy.
Peter Quill, Star-Lord, cosmic adventurer. Once obscure 70s sci-fi hero, soon to be headlining a big-budget summer blockbuster hopeful. But, in essence, who is he?
If you are like me, you had never heard of him before picking up the first issue of Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2008 re-launch. At the time, I had only just recently returned to regular comics buying, so I had not yet read any of the Annihilation sagas which reintroduced Star-Lord to readers. One evening, though, I was at a massive recent back issue sale with a friend of mine (literally, the sale was “is it on the new release wall? No? Then, it’s a dollar.” Gotta love Forbidden Planet). So, as we were combing through seemingly endless long boxes, pulling out tons of comics, he handed me a copy of Guardians #1 and told me I really needed to read it. Now, I have fond memories of the Jim Valentino series from the 90s which dealt with the original 31st Century incarnation of the team. A Guardians comic that was set in contemporary times? I had no frame of reference for that. Still, he repeated that I should try it, and trusting his taste, I picked up the first few issues. (Hey, is that Vance and Starhawk on a cover? OK, I know who those guys are. What do you mean that lanky-looking emo guy is Adam Warlock?).
Dean says this issue Paks a punch…Action Comics #28
I am not a big fan of Superman. Curb all the reasons why, I just don’t click with the guy. But this book is something else. This is a Superman I can get used to reading. If you are not reading this yet I encourage you to jump in this week. Give this Superman a try and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
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