With a blockbuster movie on the way, Marvel has big plans for Guardians of The Galaxy. Obviously, there will be a lot of buzz around this series. Luckily, Brian Michael Bendis is on one of his famous hot streaks, so this Point One issue lives up to the hype and leaves fans craving more. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the Marvel Universe’s galactic side.
Bendis starts the series off by telling the origin story of Peter Quill/Star-Lord. It’s a pretty cliché story, with a missing father, a dead parent and tons of emotional baggage, but Bendis manages to tell it in a way that feels fresh. Bendis shows Peter as a kid -one who has tons of pent-up anger and often unleashes it on schoolyard bullies, most of whom deserve it. Once again, this has been done before, but Bendis writes it superbly. Peter Quill will have some pouting and brooding to do over the course of the series, which is fine as long as it’s written well.
It was probably a wise choice to keep this issue grounded on planet Earth and ease people in, as opposed to going full-scale cosmic crazy right out of the gate. Most people who will pick this up are more than likely picking up a Guardians book for the first time, so it only makes sense. By the end of the issue, you have a sense of who the main character is and what his motivations are.
Steve McNiven really shines here. There’s tons of emotion in every panel, conveying more to the reader than dialogue ever could. The farm that Star-Lord grows up on has a real sense of wonder, like there’s something more out there. McNiven and Justin Ponsor (colors) deserve tons of credit for being able to establish the tone of the series brilliantly.
Guardians of The Galaxy #0.1 is a great start to a series that is sure to turn a few heads in the world of comics. Bendis and McNiven deliver Hollywood-like entertainment and set the tone for where this series will be headed. The time is now to jump on board and take a galactic ride with the Guardians.