With the Guardians of the Galaxy having been announced, it was only a matter of time before a comic series starring the same team would begin. Here we have the first issue, written by Brian Michael Bendis. As a reader completely new to the franchise, I have to say this was a great comic.
This issue mostly focuses on Peter Quill aka Star Lord. He’s the half-human son of a brutal galactic king, and leads the Guardians. His characterization is very good here. We learn his basic personality, history and general skill set without slowing the pacing down. Each member of the team gets their own moment to shine, and the banter between them is always amusing when it tries to be. The story itself is bare bones at this point, but the fact that it feels personal to Star Lord does help. This issue isn’t about the story; it’s about introducing the characters and throwing in a very entertaining fight scene.
The art is very good. Each character’s outfit has a nice, clean sci-fi look to them, yet there are little touches of battle wear and tear. Every indoor scene has good background work. The fight scene is full of laser lighting effects and ship debris floating though space.
I wasn’t all that thrilled about this series – reviewing the first two issues of every Marvel Now book has been exhausting at times and I’m ready for it to end so that I can re-balance my pull list. It didn’t’ help that Guardians 0.1 felt a bit cliché to me. This first issue was great though, and I’m now looking forward to issue 2. If you like the Guardians, or are curious about them thanks to the movie’s announcement, this is definitely worth reading.