Saturday, April 5, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude #1 (of 2)

   My first reaction to this series was: isn't that nice.

   Nice that the Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude is written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the writing team who revived Marvel's cosmic lineup almost six years ago, including a brand-new roster for GoG and a modern-day setting for the team.

   This series is (I presume) intended to provide some backstory for the characters who appear in the upcoming film.

   I honestly don't remember the origin story for the character named Nebula, but I know it doesn't match what we see here. This is the story for the film version of that character, played by the lovely Karen Gillan (and let me just say, heck yeah!).

   The blue-skinned space pirate is now a protege of Thanos, and we flash back to see her training alongside Gamora, the (now) Guardian known as the "Most Dangerous Woman in the Universe."

   Their training is brutal, harsh and gives us a look inside the plans of the movie version of Thanos. The story is fast-paced and interesting (if a bit rough for young readers).

   The art is by Wellinton Alves and Manny Clark, and it's quite good - clean, efficient, with clear storytelling and strong character designs.

   I don't think this is required reading before seeing the anxiously-awaited movie, but it certainly couldn't hurt - especially since some of the rules have been changed, along with some origins.

Grade: B+


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