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Review: Guardians of Infinity #1

Guardians_of_Infinity_1_CoverWho are the Guardians 1000?! Defending the galaxy is a good gig, but Drax isn’t thrilled with the combat hours (not enough of them) and Rocket isn’t thrilled with the compensation (not enough of it). They’re off on an adventure to supplement both, and Groot is happy to come along. But instead of the perks they want, they’re about to get more trouble than they can handle. Good thing the Guardians 3000 are on hand to help! But what about…the Guardians 1000??!!

Also in this issue, Latour and Cheung tell a one-off story of Ben Grimm and Rocket Raccoon, stuck on a planet where culture is based on Earth-style professional wrestling…but the stakes are life and death! This ain’t kayfabe, brother!

A new series adding another in Marvel’s All-New, All-Different line of Guardians of the Galaxy comics, this one is an interesting time travel spin that I’m still deciding what to think.

Written by Dan Abnett with art by Carlo Barberi, the first story sees a small group of the Guardians, Rocket, Groot, and Drax, heading to a mysterious structure to check it out and loot it. From there, things get weird as they meet with the Guardians of the future, and then wind up meeting an all new group of Guardians who seem like they’re from the past.

The concept is interesting and my gut says for those who are a bit nostalgic for what I’d consider classic Guardians, the group from the year 3000, they may enjoy this series a bit more. But, I think seeing the various groups of Guardians come together is so far all that’s special about this first issue, partially because there’s too many series with these characters. And, with too many series we get inconsistencies in speech patterns and personalities. Drax is the most apparent of this when it comes to speech patterns and personality. Guardians of Infinity #1 suffers because we see some of these characters WAY too much, with even more comics on the way.

The other issue is the action ramps up too quickly. The concept of Groot, Rocket, and Drax looting some mysterious structure is interesting, and at first we get a solid mystery building up, but then are thrown into lots of action with little explanation or time for us to appreciate how the current Guardians and Guardians 3000 gell. Then throw in the Guardians 1000, and we get a whirlwind overload. Too much is thrown at us too quickly, which would probably work better to read as a trade than a single issue.

In a back-up story writer Jason Latour and Jim Cheung focus on Ben Grimm whose time in space hasn’t been focused on nearly as much as it should, and that’s what we get here. Latour does a solid job of expanding on Grimm’s thought process and his draw in space, especially using pieces from the character’s past to highlight why this doesn’t just work, it totally makes sense as a natural direction for the character. Though the circumstances of the situation Grimm and Rocket are in is a bit confusing at times, the characterization of Grimm is the interesting part.

The art by Cheung and Barberi is solid, and they do a great job of keeping the characters familiar and coherent, but also clearly their own styles as well. The numerous aliens too in Grimm’s story by Cheung are solid as well, though some you can tell are riffed off of other things.

This first issue is an interesting concept, but may be Guardians overload at this point. As a second series it would feel a bit more special, but right now I’m just not quite seeing what makes it stand out. Still, it’s an interesting start at least, and a series I’ll at least stick with through the first arc. You probably need to be a die-hard Guardians fan to really appreciate the series, and even then, this might be one comic too many.

Writer: Jason Latour, Dan Abnett Artist: Jim Cheung, Carlo Barberi
Story: 7.4 Art: 7.9 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Michael Cho Launches some Marvel Variants! They’re Awesome.

This February, critically praised artist Michael Cho puts his own stamp on the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe. Marvel has announced a series of stunning variant covers, all illustrated by Cho, coming to your favorite new Marvel launches!

An illustrator and cartoonist, Cho’s unique style breathes life into some of Marvel’s most popular characters. Featuring Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Wolverine, the Inhumans, Daredevil and many more, you won’t want to miss these gorgeous covers, coming in the month of February.

Look for these eye-catching Michael Cho Variants to grace the covers of these Marvel Comics in February:

  • A-Force #3
  • All-New Wolverine #5
  • All-New, All-Different Avengers #5
  • Amazing Spider-Man #7
  • The Astonishing Ant-Man #5
  • Captain Marvel #2
  • Daredevil #4
  • Doctor Strange #5
  • Guardians of Infinity #3
  • All-New Hawkeye #4
  • Howard The Duck #4
  • Invincible Iron Man #6
  • The Mighty Thor #4
  • Ms. Marvel #4
  • Old Man Logan #2
  • Rocket Raccoon & Groot #2
  • Scarlet Witch #3
  • Spider-Gwen #5
  • Spider-Man #1
  • The Totally Awesome Hulk #3
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5
  • Uncanny Inhumans #5
  • Venom: Space Knight #4
  • Vision #4

Check out the variants below!

 

Generations Collide in Your New Look at Guardians of Infinity #1!

This December, the infinite expanse of space and time will give way, and three eras of heroes will collide! Marvel has released a look inside Guardians of Infinity #1 – the electrifying first issue! First up, fan-favorite creators Dan Abnett and Carlo Barberi take you on an explosive thrill ride that will answer the question – who are the Guardians 1000?! Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Drax now find themselves face to face with Guardians of the Galaxy past and future. Time to find out if the galaxy is big enough for three teams of Guardians! Plus, don’t miss an epic back-up story from Jason Latour and Jim Cheung as Ben Grimm and Rocket Raccoon find themselves stranded on a planet where culture is based on Earth-style professional wrestling! Time for the bruiser from Yancy Street and the Guardian’s own ferocious furball to show the galaxy what they’ve got. Be there this December for the explosive debut of Guardians of Infinity #1!

GUARDIANS OF INFINITY #1 (OCT150747)
Written by DAN ABNETT & JASON LATOUR
Art by CARLO BARBERI & JIM CHEUNG
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Variant Cover by CARLO BARBERI (OCT150748)
Hip-Hop Variant by MARCO RUDY (OCT150749)
Marvel ’92 Variant by RON LIM (OCT150750)
FOC – 11/02/15, On-Sale – 12/02/15

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Three Eras of Heroes Collide in Guardians of Infinity #1!

This December, the infinite expanse of time and space will give way, as teams from three eras burst forth and unite like never before in Guardians of Infinity #1 – a brand new ongoing series launching as part of All-New All-Different Marvel! Fan favorite writer Dan Abnett and artist Carlo Barberi take you on an explosive thrill ride into the timestream and across the galaxy!

When a mysterious structure is discovered floating in the void of space – Rocket Raccoon, Drax and Groot unearth a powerful and dark secret that could unravel the very fabric of space and time! Good thing the Guardians 3000 are on hand to help! But who are the mysterious and enigmatic Guardians 1000?! And are these ancient travelers here to help, or hinder?

Plus, every issue will include a special bonus story from some of the industry’s top creators. First, it’s battles to the death inside the squared circle as Jason Latour and Jim Cheung bring you a can’t miss story of Ben Grimm and Rocket Raccoon. Stranded on a planet where culture is based on Earth-style professional wrestling, the bruiser from Yancy Street and the Guardian’s own ferocious furball find themselves locked in a struggle of life and death!

Is the galaxy big enough for three teams of Guardians? Find out this December as Abnett, Barberi, Latour and Cheung take you on an action-packed adventure across the cosmos!

GUARDIANS OF INFINITY #1
Written by DAN ABNETT & JASON LATOUR
Art by CARLO BARBERI & JIM CHEUNG
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Variant Cover by CARLO BARBERI
On Sale in December!

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