25th – 28th August 2014
Yeah, yeah, yeah. With the film coming out, I did some research on the comic origins of Guardians of the Galaxy. There was a first series back in 1969, a second in 2008 and finally the new Marvel Now Version from 2013. And – as I learned, everything goes back to Annihilation Conquest and the Infinity Gauntlet.
I know almost nothing about this entire universe and so became intrigued. I wanted to start at the very beginning, but the first two series are very hard to come by. So I read the first Marvel Now volume.
It is not really something new, or something we have not seen before. A team of superheroes fighting for the good. But the characters are just great, the story is well paced, very well drawn and just fun to read.
The volume starts with the backstory of the main character, Peter Quilli’s youth on earth. He is the offspring of his human mother Meredith and the King of Spartax, a galactic empire. He leaves her and Peter behind.
Ten years later, Spartax is at war with the Badoon, a reptilian species. Because Peter is the next in line to the throne, a small command tries to kill him. They believe him dead and leave Earth. But Peter survived. Twenty years later, he formed the guardians of the Galaxy to take the fight back.
He is joined by the deadly assassin Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, the only member with brains in the group, Groot (“I am Groot”), a tree creature and Drax, yet another brawler. Together they fight to protect Earth and the Galaxy.
The story is full of clichés and very predictable. Still, it reads fresh and is a great past-time.