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Drax #1

DRAX #1

Capsule Review

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Writers CM Punk and Cullen Bunn set out to entertain us for a few pages, and accomplish nothing less. Also, nothing more. If it were possible to fold laundry while reading a comic book, this book would be an ideal candidate. There are a couple of laughs, a lot of smashing, some decent characterization (mostly), and nothing to tax your intelligence. Scott Hepburn’s art is as workmanlike as the rest of the package. If you like Drax, read it. If you don’t like Drax, don’t read it, and say that you did. Either way, you’ll wind up in the same place.

Approachability For New Readers

It’s fine. Drax has more intellect here than in the movie, and Ben Grimm’s appearance is just as much a mystery here as in every other Guardians book, but it’s largely familiar faces doing familiar things.

Read #2?

Sure. There’s always more laundry to fold.

Sales Rank

#40 November

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Drax #1

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Angela, Queen of Hel #1

ANGELA, QUEEN OF HEL #1

Capsule Review

The otherworldly, dour, ass-kicking avenging angel Angela braves Asgardian Hel to rescue her lady-love. S’okay. The grim tone is leavened somewhat by having the aforementioned lady-love narrate the events in a sarcastic fashion. There’s a flashback tale embedded in the main narrative, and the transition is doubly jarring for having a different artist. The splash page flashes us forward to the saga’s presumed end, which is intriguing, but it also serves to further jumble up a tale that already has a lot of backstory. There’s a lot of slashing and hacking and arguing about queens and Hierophants and temples. Angela is a striking figure but mostly I found her an empty suit.

Approachability For New Readers

Pretty good. I didn’t know much about this character, but I got on board. The whole Asgard/Heaven backstory thing is a little muddled, but … Hey, Kids! Comics!

Read #2?

Pass.

Sales Rank

#54 October

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Angela Queen of Hel #1

 

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

Capsule Review

Brian Michael Bendis doesn’t miss a beat — the lineup has been scrambled, but his Guardians keep on swashbuckling and quipping their way through one space battle after another as if there’d never been a reboot. Nice characterization, as is always the case with Bendis. Artist Valerio Schitti stages dialogue nicely and handles facial expressions well, but I found colorist Richard Isanove’s palette limited and repetitive. Fun to see Star Lord every bit as unsuited to the job of being a king as you might expect, and even more fun to see The Thing having fun as a spaceman, fulfilling his life-long dream. (Now, if I only knew how the heck he’d gotten on the team!)

Approachability For New Readers

Poor. You’ll need an Associate of Arts degree in recent Bendis-era Guardians of the Galaxy history to know what is going on, but even then there will still be plenty of holes, like why is Kitty Pryde standing in for Star Lord, when did Drax get an intellect, and (biggest of all) how the heck did Ben Grimm join the Guardians? Whatever. Just go with it.

Read #2?

Oh yes.

Sales Rank

#9 October

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Guardians of the Galaxy!

The wait is almost over! The curtain lifts shortly on Marvel’s riskiest movie to date — The Guardians of the Galaxy!

Guardians of the Galaxy

I’m all-in on this one, and will try to see it first weekend, but you can be forgiven if you are skeptical about this picture. After all, who are these guys? The Guardians, by far, are the most obscure characters Marvel has brought to the screen.

To help you brush up on Guardians history, here are several articles I’ve written about the Guardians of the Galaxy!

I wrote about the origins of the Guardians of the Galaxy here … and while these original characters won’t feature in the film, the article still gives you a basis for Guardians lore. Plus, after reading this article, you’ll be equipped to carp about Charlie-27’s omission from the film … you’ll be the envy of your friends!

Marvel Super-Heroes #18, Gene Colan

The present leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy is Star Lord, and that character has interesting origins all his own (and appeared in a terrific solo adventure, too) …

Marvel Preview #4

I’ve also published several Galleries of Guardians of the Galaxy artwork, like my Star Lord Gallery

Star-Lord, by John Byrne & Terry Austin

… and my Guardians of the Galaxy Gallery

Marvel Presents #3

… and don’t forget last week’s Rocket Raccoon Gallery, either! Rocket is going to steal the show, mark my words!

Rocket Raccoon

And for a deeper dive, check out my coverage of the Guardians’ Big Bad, Thanos …

Thanos by Jim Starlin

 

… I’ve got a Thanos Panel Gallery for you, a look at his obsession with the Infinity Gauntlet, and a piece about how ol’ Thanos keeps looking for love in all the wrong places.

Enjoy the movie … and be sure to share your impressions of Guardians of the Galaxy in my comments section, below!

Rocket Raccoon Gallery

Get ready for Guardians of the Galaxy with my Rocket Raccoon Gallery on Pinterest.

Rocket Raccoon

Read my columns about The Guardians of the Galaxy — Guardians of the Galaxy Gallery, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Lord Gallery, and Star Lord!

(View all Longbox Graveyard Pinterest Galleries HERE).

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