One of the other issues that hit comic stands this week was Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. However, we need to wait another month for the actual first issue, but we got ourselves a sneak peek at the point-one issue and what to expect from Brian Michael Bendis. One of the things about Bendis’ titles is that they always sound like a bad idea, but I am slowly coming around to liking his titles.
The point-one issue focuses on Peter Quill before he becomes Star-Lord. It isn’t a throwback either, like Star-Lord is telling a story or that isn’t what you get at first. It starts off with J’son of Spartax crash landing on Earth in front of the home of Meredith Quill. In fact, we don’t even see Peter for nearly the first half of the book.
J’son has to return to his people to aide them in their war against the Badoon. Peter grows up without his father and we see he has many issues without knowing him. Much like many Marvel characters, the men in those stories have some serious daddy issues. We get a quick glimpse of Peter’s school life, coming to the aid of a girl being bullied and his relationship with his friend, Bendis manages to keep you interested in this kid without wanting to skip ahead.
It is a very tragic story and you feel for this kid that didn’t ask for any of the things that happen to him. Bendis manages to make you feel for Peter and almost wish you could help him out. Steve NcNiven does such an amazing job with the artwork. The attention to detail and the visually stunning non-lettered panels tells the story beautifully.
As we know, this whole Marvel NOW! event is to bring Guardians of the Galaxy back into the spotlight with their major movie coming out next year, they want to bring everyone back into the fold and get new fans while reuniting with the old fans. I suggest you read the final two pages of the comics, which gives you the whole story on how this story was slated for the big point-one issue last year but Bendis turned it into a 28-page epic.
I have never been into the whole Guardians universe, but was concerned about it being a Marvel movie. However, reading this and last week’s Nova, I am actually excited about these titles and will be picking them up next month. I think as a publisher, Marvel did more with their two new (more lower profiled) comics than DC did with their JLA comic last week. In the end, if you didn’t get this issue, you need to grab it for it is a solid piece of work.