Review: Asgardians of the Galaxy #1

Angela, the not-so-beloved half-sister of Thor. The hotheaded Valkyrie – and the human who shares her form, Annabelle Riggs. Skurge the Executioner, freshly returned from Hel. Throg, the mightiest frog of thunder. Kevin Masterson, the boy who took his father’s mace to become the hero Thunderstrike. And the Destroyer, the Asgardian armor built to take down Celestials – its wielder unknown. The events of Infinity Wars set Nebula off on a quest to rule the galaxy – wielding an Asgardian weapon even Thor would fear – and it’s up to this team of gods, assassins, frogs and heroes to stop her.

Asgardians of the Galaxy feels like the comic that can be a lot of fun just based on the characters involved, and the first issue reinforces that opinion. Written by Cullen Bunn, the first issue brings together a rag-tag bunch of Asgardians on a mission that takes a bit from that rag-tag group brought together genre.

Really, the why doesn’t much matter at all. This is a comic driven by personalities and quips to each other. And Bunn pulls it off. The team assembled is one full of personality conflict but at the same time makes sense as to their roles, though some roles feel like they fit more of the stereotype slot in a adventuring warband.

Then there’s that reveal at the end. It’ll be what a lot of folks are talking about and what should cause this issue to go in to a second printing.

The art by Matteo Lolli is pretty solid with good action. Though the Asgardians have a certian aesthetic about them, the sci-fi infused look that currently dominates works well here and creates a comic that has a D&D adventure quality about it all.

The comic is a fun one where the real entertaining conflict is the characters themselves. The big bad and plan that they need to stop feels a bit extraneous if anything. This team could put together IKEA furniture and it’d be entertaining.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Matteo Lolli Cover Art: Dale Keown
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

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