I watched both Guardians of the Galaxy movies before reading this book. I’m happily surprised to note that the wonderful synergy and comedic banter of of the Guardians was not endemic to the movie but may have actually originated from this series.
I’ve read my share of Adam Warlock comics so I know he’s a powerhouse but I’ve always been hard-pressed to identify his particular powerset – until now. This collection refreshingly clears things up. In these pages Adam refers to himself as a “quantum magician”. That just explains things for me. It sort of groups Warlock with the likes of Doctor Strange. He even adopts a familiar Doctor Strange gesture – the one with the two middle fingers pointed to the palm while the other two fingers remain up. I think it’s widely known as the ward for the evil eye. Funnily, it’s also how Spider-Man slings his webs.
War of Kings
Of course it’s a Cosmic Marvel story arc. These are the Guardians after all. Events here are part of Marvel’s War of Kings event. We get the Kree and the Shi’ar and the Inhumans to boot. It’s expansive and colorful and just exactly what you expect of a galaxy-spanning story.
The Original Guardians of the Galaxy
I’m old enough to know that Rocket Raccoon and company are not Marvel’s original Guardians of the Galaxy. So what happened to Vance Astro’s group? This volume sheds some light on that question, and yes, you will see the original Guardians in these pages.
I think the best thing I can say about this collection is that I am dead set on getting the other three books of Abnett and Lanning’s Guardians of the Galaxy. From beginning to end this third volume is a wild, wonderful ride.
This is a great alternative for those who like the movies and want more of that kind of thing.