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4LN Comic Review – Guardians 3000 #1

Book: Guardians 3000
Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Gerardo Sandoval

Summary by Comixology – “Dive right into the action as the original Guardians of the Galaxy: Vance Astro, Yondu, Martinex, Starhawk and Charlie-27, try to save the future universe from the menace of the Badoon. But what happens when the Guardians discover something behind the Badoon, something even worse than they could have ever imagined? The very future itself is in danger, and the only possibility of salvation relies on the shoulders of this ragtag, bombastic group of underdogs. Thrown together by fate and fighting against intolerable oppression, how can they even hope to survive the first issue?”

Guardians 3000 #1

Overview –
I’ve been a fan of the original Guardians team for years. I have a bunch of old Guardians comics featuring all the characters that are being revived here. They’ve got a sort of an intergalactic A-Team like quality about them. I like that. There are so many different personalities in this motley crew of super-powered heroes, but they somehow they never seem to let it impact their heroic feats. Dan Abnett, who writes this series, also wrote Nova many years back, as well as the Annihilation books. It was definitely a good idea for Marvel to put this series in his hands. He’s great with classic characters.

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The Good –
The interaction between the characters is perfect. The team genuinely feels like a troop of space soldiers on a mission. They all have unique strengths and abilities and they play off of one another well. The story progresses very well and and the ending is a cliffhanger for sure.

The artwork in Guardians 3000 is very good. The character designs and settings are very modern comic book art, and the colors are perfect. There are also different panels throughout the issue that feel like a departure from the rest of the book, and I really appreciated Sandoval being brave enough to do that. It’s always refreshing when artists toss in an abstract design to keep you excited about turning the pages.

Also, how about that Alex Ross cover? It’s freaking beautiful.

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The Bad –
There’s nothing bad with this book, but I didn’t feel any real urgency when reading it. It took me several times of starting it to finally get through the entire thing. Now, that may be attributed to my desire to move away from being invested in so many Marvel books, so I probably put up a “don’t get sucked in” wall in my head before I started reading it to keep myself from being hooked. Ultimately, at the end I just wasn’t that enthralled so I don’t plan on continuing to read this series.

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The Final Say –
If you’re a fan of the classic Guardians, you should at least give this book a read and see if it grabs you. It’s not a disappointment by any means, but, honestly, my favorite thing about it was the cover. I give it a 2 out of 3. It’s not bad, but I didn’t feel it was great either.

There’s also a Skottie Young cover that is hilarious and excellent.

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Stephen Andrew

Stephen has spent most of his life reading comics, watching horror movies, listening to death metal music, and speaking in the third person. His favorite comic book character is The Punisher, and he believes that the Punisher: War Zone movie is criminally underrated. His favorite film of all-time is National Lampoon's Vacation, and his favorite album is Pantera's "The Great Southern Trendkill".

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