Comic Review – Guardians of the Galaxy #1
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Juan Cabal
Cover Artist(s): Juan Cabal, Ivan Shavrin, Ron Lim, Skan
After the events of “Annihilation” (2006) and “Annihilation: Scourge” (2019) crossover, the galaxy is in turmoil. Now that the Kree Civil War is on ceasefire, the Supreme Intelligence has built a utopia for the True Kree. But when everything seems to be going well and the people are beginning to feel safe again, they realize that nowhere is safe when the rogue Gods of New Olympus return and are destroying everything in their path. While the Guardians of the Galaxy celebrate their newfound peace on Halfworld, Nova Centurion Richard Rider arrives to tell them the bad news, but they, especially Gamora) are reluctant to get back in the fight. But of course Star-Lord and Ranger Rocket (Raccoon) decide to head to Nova Corps headquarters to offer their help. But when they infiltrate the city of New Olympus along with Moondragon, Phyla-Vell and Marvel Boy, they find they are outmatched against the King of the Gods!
The Marvel Universe is certainly full of outer space-related characters, like Nova, the Fantastic Four, Beta Ray Bill and the Silver Surfer, but none have become as well-known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, thanks in no small part to the two Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, which turned an obscure team of space super heroes into one of the most popular teams in the Marvel Universe. Although their comic book counterparts have some similarities to the movie version, new readers will not find this current incarnation of the Guardians very familiar. With the addition of Moondragon and Phylla-Vell, the Guardians of today have certainly had their fill of galaxy-ending crises, including the Universal Church of Truth massacre, and have “retired” to Halfworld, Star-Lord/Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Drax the Destroyer, have grown from a team of misfits to a family, and they’ve earned their well-deserved peace.
With this new threat to the galaxy, the Guardians of the Galaxy definitely have their work cut out for them. But will these New Olympians be too much for them to handle? The Marvel Universe has no shortage of deities and gods, not unlike the Asgardians and Thor, the Olympians have been around in Marvel Comics since the 1960s and even Hercules himself was once a member of the Avengers and the Champions. This new series is just another part of Marvel’s 2020 “Next Big Thing” relaunch and with writer Al Ewing (“Immortal Hulk”) and artist Juann Cabal (“Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man”), it is sure to be a momentous event that may reshape the galaxy as we know it!
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