I'll admit that outside of the movies, I'm not familiar with the Guardians of the Galaxy at all. I'd seen the books growing up, but I never once bought them. I didn't even know where a good jumping-off point with the comics would be, but thankfully Marvel made it easy for me by releasing this All-New Guardians of the Galaxy series. The characters are familiar enough to me at this point, and thankfully they don't really deviate much from their movie counterparts. Star-Lord has his trusty cassette player, Baby Groot is impossibly cute, and Rocket is building things without much thought.
Writer Gerry Duggan creates a straightforward story about the cast most of us know infiltrating a planet with a Thanos Trojan Horse. It's a good first issue, and is setting up to something bigger that the Guardians have yet to figure out. Duggan injects a healthy dose of humor, as well — something moviegoers have come to expect from the Guardians franchise.
Aaron Kuder and Ive Svorcina are a helluvan artist team. Kuder's pencils are brought to life with Svorcina's bright, enthusiastic colors. The characters are fun to look at (especially Baby Groot) and even the background characters are all unique beings. It's a visually beautiful book, and the largest reason why I'm keeping it in my pull list.
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