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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Review
April 3, 2013 By Holly Clarkson
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy #1 by Joe Solomon
Everyone is excited for Avengers 2 right? You get more of your armored avenger, the captain, and…..a talking raccoon? The success of The Avengers let Disney show off how willing they are to dish out money by signing on for the second to last movie of Phase 2, Guardians of the Galaxy. So obviously when this was announced the comic book world had to make some changes. Last week the first issue of the new Guardians of the Galaxy comic was released. For those of you that don’t know, the team is dedicated to protecting the earth from, you guessed it, galactic threats. The team members consist of Star-lord, a cocky Captain Kirk type who’s Dad is the King of some crazy alien civilization. Gamora is a sexy (if you are into green aliens, hey I don’t judge) assassin who is basically a rougher and tougher Black Widow. Less “Let’s make Scarlett Johansson pretend to be helpless, then use her feminine wiles to help the team”, and more “Gamora just ripped some guys head off, someone should probably calm her down.” Drax the Destroyer was created just to beat Thanos, that creepy looking guy at the end of The Avengers credits, and I’m not talking about the shawarma store owner. He is also green (once again not judging), and is basically the team’s Hulk. Groot is a tree. You heard me, a tree. He just kind of runs into battle a lot and dies, and then whatever pieces of him are left get replanted and he grows back into a full tree again. And he is called Groot because he can only say Groot as his form of communication. Hodor! The last team member is my favorite, Rocket Raccoon. He is a talking raccoon Captain whose first mate is a talking walrus. He’s a brutal tactician who will do anything to win a battle. And thankfully that talking walrus is not in the current comic.
There is a picture of said walrus. I actually kind of want to see him in a live action movie now. Make it happen Joss Whedon, we’re counting on you. So now that you know the cast, let us discuss the comic itself. The issue starts with Star-Lord casually flirting with Gamora in a shady space bar when his father (who abandoned him and his mother when Star-lord was born) shows up and demands they have a talk. And not the kind of talk we all received when we were thirteen years old that lead to awkward teenage decisions. The discussion leads to Star-Lord creating the team and we see them in action when they help out everyone’s favorite superhero drunk, Iron Man. Marvel and Disney realized no one is going to quickly invest in a movie about a talking tree and raccoon, so they decided to throw in some familiar faces to capture our attention. In the comic Iron Man uses his deep space suit in order to tour the stars. While gazing longingly at specks of lights, he is attacked and the GotG step in to save the day. This issue is important because A) You’ll understand the movie, B) You’ll want to see the movie, C) You’ll be looking for a talking walrus the whole time, D) Because I said it’s important. Don’t take my word for it, Iron Man signed onto the Guardians of the Galaxy, and you don’t want to let him down do you?