All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Review
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Aaron Kuder
Color Artist: Ive Svorcina
Lettering: VC's Cory Petit
Imprint: Marvel Comics
Release Date: 5/3/2017
Review By: Carl Hamlin
The Next Great Galactic Adventure
*Score and Non-Spoilers at bottom *
That's right, our favorite team of galactic adventurers are back together just in time for the release of the new movie. With our team dealing with issues after being grounded on Earth will they be able to work together through their next adventure? Let's find out!
We start this issue on the impenetrable planet of Citopia and unfortunately for the person trying to make the sale for protecting valuables it looks like Galactus, the devouer of worlds decided to show up and everyone goes into panic mode. That was a great diversionary tactic, as the head opens our team breaks out: time to steal from an impenetrable city. It seems that only one guard isn't going to make it off the planet because his lifeboat wouldn't take off, but when he sees the Guardians running towards them he realizes it's a heist and starts firing at them. This is where we get to my biggest gripe... Drax the Destroyer is now passive? I mean every experience I have with this character, including older comics and the movies, he was pretty much ready to jump into a fight. Lucky Rocket is there to save the day, even throws out a Scarface reference, although he doesn't know what Scarface is. Wait... what is baby Groot, what is he going to do in a fight? Oh, that's right he's a distraction for Gamora to knock out the guard. Now that we know our team can work together we can move forward to the actual heist.
While Star-Lord is freezing the vault door he tries to convince Drax to knock it down. Now, how he responds I kind of like, “... destroying even a simple wall may have untold consequences, as we will all see together.” I mean, even though I may have a problem with Drax and his new pacifism that was deep and a tad bit of foreshadowing to what comes at the end of the Book. Star-Lord got the package and it's time to get out of there fast, of course we have enough time to stop and stare at a couple having it's-the-end-of-the-world sex, now while Rocket is laughing as hard as I did it's time to race back to the ship. The Galactus diversionary ship wasn't made for luxury, so as they speed off back to the Milano. Time to get paid, as they head off to their rendezvous point, but there is one rule on the Milano and that's not to mess with the radio, apparently Peter isn't a Proclaimers fan.
Now in a remote quadrant of the galaxy everyone seems to think that Peter got the rendezvous point wrong, when they are swallowed by a huge space fish, which turns out to be the buyers ship. However the Grandmaster was testing the team for their real mission. The item they stole was a baby universe, that if released would expand out so fast it would destroy the universe it was in at the same time. Their actual mission is to break into the Collectors collection and steal the Hujahdarian Monarch egg. While the team argues that stealing from the Collector is suicide, he points out that they already have. So the team takes off, we get a short explanation from Rocket about why everyone on the team is acting off, that is when we get hit with a cliffhanger that leaves me waiting on baited breath for the next issue... Looks like someone is harvesting little Groots, perhaps this is the reason it is taking Groot so long to regenerate?
Bits and Pieces:
While I came into this issue not expecting much I was pleasantly surprised by what was delivered. I had a few issues with the art, it wasn't enough to lower my score for this book. It was a fun read full of humor and action and with the way that this book ended I can't wait to see what Duggan has to offer us with this ongoing Guardians book.