Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New Comic Suggestion: Guardians of the Galaxy

Hey, Leaguers!

Last week a new title debuted from Marvel, and as the series is just starting, I thought I'd suggest "Guardians of the Galaxy".

The series is about a band of space-faring adventurers who, after a series of messy cosmic cataclysms decide to actually get organized and fight THREATS IN SPACE. In the classic action tradition, it's a band of rag-tag adventurers who have little in common other than that they have a mission.

Its entirely possible that the series is a bit too wrapped up in Marvel continuity for new readers, but I think series writers Abnett and Lanning do a pretty good job of making the first issue accessible (and, yeah, I think Marvel is actually far worse about continuity being an issue to new readers these days than DC).

The team includes a lot of familiar faces from the recent annihilation series, including Drax, Gamora, and the characters from the Star Lord mini-series. And that means ROCKET RACCOON (one of my favorite Marvel characters of all time). Nova makes an appearance, but is not on the team.

Mostly, the series seems like it will be fun. And The League is always looking for FUN IN SPACE. The dialog is sharp, the art is pretty nifty, and the characters just work very well together (some of whom suggest a certain light tough to the series). And, so far, it looks like the story is pointed in an interesting direction.

Apparently there was a previous series or two called Guardians of the Galaxy, which was dreamed up by the amazing Gene Colan. But, you know, I have a hard time keeping up with every darn comic that ever saw the light of day.

Anyhow, give it a shot.


Anonymous said...

I will only read this if Groot is part of the team.

And did you ever get uncomfortable with the relationship between Groot and Rocket Raccoon in Annihilation: Conquest? I was OK with it until I realized Groot was a dude.

I dunno. Maybe I'm biased against inter-species homosexuality.

The League said...

Yeah, Groot makes an appearance and is living in the location they;ve chosen as their HQ. I assume he'll continue to be in the comic.

Honestly, I haven't read that far into Annihiliation Conquest. I'm picking up the trades on that one and that bit hadn't occured yet, so I can't comment on that creative decision.

What I will say is that it's a sharp departure from how Rocket was established in his own series back in the 80's. I guess I need to see how its played in the comics.