Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Juann Cabal
Colourist: Frederico Blee
Release Date: 2020
Guardians of the Galaxy is back in 2020 with a refreshing revamp from Immortal Hulk writer, Al Ewing. This collection, #1-5, has a very different feel to the previous comics I have read, which, I will be honest, is only a handful.
I tried them after watching the films and I just couldn’t get into the comics. This is most likely due to my lifestyle at the time, rather than the quality of the comics. With kids, dogs, horses and house stuff for instance, all coming first. Sadly, sitting down with a good book and putting my feet up with a cuppa, was not on the cards. That said, a good book can captivate, as a result I have to accept the previous comics, just didn’t do it for me! Therefore, when these new ones came out, I was intrigued. I really enjoy some of Al Ewing’s work, and I have read only great things about Juann Cabal, therefore, my interest was piqued. They have garnered favourable reviews and for good reason.
Peace at last?
This is the first collection in the new series written by Al Ewing and it’s excellent. The Guardians of the Galaxy are back as we know them, post Endgame film and everyone is just getting back to “normal” after the Universal Church of Truth massacre that laid out the Galaxy in the last GotG series, written by Donny Cates.
Finally the team are having some down time, peace at last in the Galaxy, we all know that won’t last. Al Ewing, can’t help but be fast paced and picks up the story quickly. The team are soon called upon to help defeat the Olympian gods, gone bad! The team is spilt, well Gamora wants out and peace, Quill and Rocket know they need to help and go ahead with the team, negative Gamora, to help.
I won’t say anymore or I will have to divulge spoilers! But this is not just an awesome comic for action but it’s an emotional rollercoaster too. I want to read more, there has to be a resolve to this heartbreaking, personal story
line… you know the gif that would suit this comic to the ground… the Chris Pratt one, y’all know the one I am talking about!
Art and colouring
The art work by Juann Cabal is superb and the colouring by Frederico Blee is a brilliant match for Cabals stunning drawings. It gives the comic and the characters an interesting new look. For example Rocket Raccoon in an suit?! It’s fantastic, I would never have imagined it and yet it works, it’s really cool. Quills slicked back hair I didn’t particularly like but hey that’s personal choice. The other characters got a funky reboot and the Olympian gods have a really epic feel.
Overall I am impressed with this comic, it’s a team every man and his dog knows thanks to the films, it doesn’t feel a million miles away but does give the characters a fresh feel, there are a few small quibbles and questions I am left wanting answers for but I can forgive them as it’s left a little to our imagination as to how the characters would react and that’s would be fine but I have a thousand ideas on how the characters would respond to what has happened, so I am looking forward to seeing what happens next.
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