7.12.2008

Guardians of the Galaxy #3

Guardians of the Galaxy #3

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning have been phenomenal writers on the Annihilation series’, Nova and a whole lot more there is little reason to doubt that what they would push out for Guardians of the Galaxy. They take some unknown’s and known’s and manage to weave a believable tale that excites the reader all while maintaining the integrity for the power levels of the characters we are dealing with. I don’t think you could ask for much more out of a pair of writers. To boost the fact, the rotating stable fo artist on all of these series have been excellent, somehow maintaining a constant consistency to the artwork bringing the story to life.

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Guardians of the Galaxy excels where a lot of books fail because of the very premise that most of the characters on this team are unknowns who the writers somehow make us believe in and want to learn more about. Other than Adam Warlock, the rest of the cast are D-list cosmic superheroes, but they are compelling in reading. I had very little idea who Star-Lord was when I first picked the Annihilation series, but I find myself wanting to read more because of his character going into issue #3 of Guardians of the Galaxy. The only character in the entire series I can say I am just not that interested in is the new Quasar, I have no clue why, but I find myself glossing over her exploits, I like Groot and Rocket Raccoon more than I like her and the comedic relief Rocket Raccoon provides is just priceless.

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I can’t say I am simply floored by the series thus far, it has not been bad and it has not been great, but it has been good and a little above expectations. I was a little disappointed that Abnett and Lanning didn’t use this issue to focus a bit more on Major Victory. I mean yes, they had him fight a character named Starhawk throughout Knowhere, but nothing much was revealed about Major Victory and why Starhawk even showed up in the first place before teleporting out. Starhawk is the son of Kismet and Quasar is the alternate timeline history where the Guardians were first created. This character is almost like Adam Warlock where he lives over and over again and because he is a pre-cog he is always messing with things trying to make things right or better, although not always successful so the reasons for his arrival can be many.

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The issue is more exciting toward the end as the Guardians of the Galaxy are dealing with the Universal Church of Truths Cardinals. These beings are like the Sh’iar Imperial guard Gladiator, they can do anything they believe they can do by tapping into a vast amount of faith from the numerous followers. The followers prayers are stored in tanks like gasoline or something. This is where the idea got a little to weird for me, but interesting. Drax and Star-Lord’s response’s during the battle with these beings is just priceless, check out the scans. As the tides of battle turn we also get to see Gamora’s bravery and commitment to the team in a way none of the rest of the Guardians have ever seen which is surprising. The panels actually bring back memories of Chronicles of Riddick when they are on the penal planet and the Furion walks out into the scorching heat.

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The end to this chapter as I told you yesterday proves that Marvel wants to get it’s continuity in line and that all roads do in fact lead to Secret Invasion. The Church apparently only met up with the Guardians in order to confirm that Adam Warlock was in fact Adam Warlock, because they have a person in a cocoon who they believe is Adam Warlock. Just how far does Skrull technology go? that they would be able to fool the Universal Truths read outs. They seem to confirm at least by their data that the Adam Warlock with the Guardians is indeed Adam Warlock. As I revealed to you all when we read through the last 2 issues the Universal Church of Truth’s deity is actually Adam Warlock in the form of Magus. Abnett and Lanning are doing a lot of hat tipping to the original Guardians of the Galaxy comics, which also brings their alternate timeline story and makes it actual continuity, which I have to say I respect a lot, it is always nice to see writers pay homage to those who did great work before. I like this series and with three of them under this blog’s belt, 2 more successes and it will become a regular. Let’s see how this will tie into Secret Invasion.

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