A NEW ERA OF COSMIC ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE! The Guardians of the Galaxy have taken off into space once more, on their biggest and weirdest misadventures yet! Kicking things off with the biggest heist they’ve ever tried, we join Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and company as they blast their way through the galaxy, the peacekeepers of the Nova Corps hot on their tails.
Let’s begin with a misconception of the “All-New” that I have been reading around from some really great websites lately which is really disappointing and because of this misconception of the term “All-New”, they keep on providing poor reviews on comics that in my opinion deserved more.
Almost a year prior to the launch of “All-New” and “All-Different”, there were quite a few mentions of the new comic lines all around the web with Marvel’s staff giving quite a few interviews around. One of the main things that they were asked is what “All-New” “All-Different” means for Marvel and an answer that I can still remember by heart is that the characters will be put into new adventures, placed into new situations and in MANY cases will be placed with different team members. Not ALL cases but MANY.
Having said that let’s begin with the actual comic review.
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1 was a breath of fresh air. Having to wait for quite a while since the announcement early this year, All-New Guardians of the Galaxy was exactly what I hoped them to be, both in the story and artistically.
The colors were vibrant and exotic in a sense something that we could tell right from the cover of the first volume and the story was fun and easy to read and follow. One of the things that I am always afraid when reading first volumes is the ability for them to make me move from volume one to volume two and I have to say that All-New GoTG has done that with ease.
The story picks up a short after the events of “Grounded” which was the final arc of the Guardians of The Galaxy comic series and since All-New does not necessarily mean a new group we are seeing our old friends reunited. The fan favorite Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Rocket, Gamora, Drax and of course our little fellow Groot which for some weird reason seems to be unable to grow.
One thing that we should mention here is that Groot also get’s his own comic series which portrays him as a small Groot so something tells me that we are going to see him at his current state for quite a while though a hint of why he is unable to regrow himself to the old powerful Groot, we see within the final pages of our first volume.
Using the same characters has another positive effect. Having known these characters for years Gerry Duggan does not feel the need to reintroduce us to them thus giving more space for the actual story to unravel.
The story itself is appealing and humorous as it usual is with Guardian of the Galaxy comic arcs and our “heroes” finds themselves trapped within another adventure that they possibly did not think quite through. A war between the Elders of the Universe, the Collector, and the Grandmaster who travels the Universe in what it seems to be a Gigantic… fish.
As we said All-New means all-new situations, all-new adventures, abilities, characters, looks etc. and for Drax thus far all-new means being a pacifist. Throughout the comic we saw the brute force of his strength but we also saw him keep everything at bay. He tries to not use violence and meditate when possible, while Gamora is fixed into a quest that we currently do not know but with a twice monthly run we can’t wait to find out more!
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy is a fun, thrilling and amazingly well written and drawn comic book. Same team in new adventures means more time for the story than explaining and introductions. We really hope to see more humor coming out since GoTG is synonymous to Humor and Adventure. The story itself looks promising and we for once can’t wait to get our hands on volume 2!