In Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy (2020-) #1

Once, they were a team of misfits. Now they’re a family, and they’ve earned their peace. But the universe is not a peaceful place -- and it’s only getting worse.

Synopsis: Once, they were a team of misfits. Now they’re a family, and they’ve earned their peace. But the universe is not a peaceful place — and it’s only getting worse. The Great Empires are in turmoil. The rule of law is dead. And amidst the chaos, the Gods of Olympus have returned — harbingers of a new age of war, reborn to burn their mark on the stars themselves. Someone has to guard the galaxy – but who will accept the mission? And will they survive it?

Review: Al Ewing resurrects the Greek Gods in a bid to bring the Guardians of The Galaxy out of retirement.

The Story

Peace has spread across the universe, but unfortunately, nothing lasts. On a Kree colony, a young boy is anxious about various bits of fighting that have broken out near various border worlds. The boy’s father tries to reassure him that he is safe because they are colonizers and the people that build the colonies never get brought into the fighting. The problem is he is wrong. The resurrected Greek Gods led by Zeus are starting their conquests with the weakest colonies.

Elsewhere, The Guardians of the Galaxy are enjoying the benefits of some well-earned peace over a Turkey Dinner, but the party is interrupted by Richard Rider aka Nova Centurian who tells them that they are needed. Understandably Gamora is a hesitant feeling that she and the family have done their bit and she refuses to help on behalf of the team. Starlord and Rocket have other ideas though. Neither of them feels right about sitting back and doing nothing so they meet up with Rider and his team and formulate a plan to take on the Greek Gods. Unfortunately, things do not go right.

The Artwork

Juann Cabal provides some pretty solid artwork for this book. I particularly liked how he drew Zeus and the other Greek Gods. One panel, in particular, sees Nova Centurian locked in battle with Zeus. Overall. The Artwork is pretty steady throughout this book.

Overall

This is a pretty good first issue, but it seems a bit off somehow sidelining the other Guardians in exchange for another group of characters led by Nova Centurian, who doesn’t really have the level of charisma or humor. I loved the banter between Rocket and Quill, but just having them minus the other Guardians isn’t really working for me. Hopefully, Gamora and the others will be brought in later.

9
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2020-) #1
  • Covers
    8.8
  • Story
    8.5
  • Artwork
    9.2
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    9.2

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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