The “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie is a hit. At a reported $94 million, the newest movie from Marvel Studios has the largest August opening in history. It is not hard to see why with a mix of funny, likable characters with explosive action and a plot that’s exciting the film has all the makings of classic. Since the sequel, which was green-lit prior to the release of the first movie, is still a few years off where do you go to get more of the Guardians of the Galaxy?
While the movie was in development, Marvel Comics began reintroducing the heroes that would make up the team seen in the movie. Writer Brian Michael Bendis with artists Steve McNiven and Sarah Pichelli teamed up to launch a new “Guardians of the Galaxy” series that focuses on the five heroes from the movie, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket. The series launched in 2013 and you can jump right into it by picking up the first collection of stories in “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers.”
The story begins with the comic book origin of Star-Lord as reinterpreted by Bendis. The story veers somewhat from the origin in the movie but it fills in quite a few details that round out the character. As drawn by McNiven the story is stunning and full of detail. It explains much about the character as he takes his role as the leader of the Guardians. Bendis is able to capture a lot of the attitude but also gets to the heart of why Star-Lord is a hero.
Following the origin story Bendis and McNiven launch into the epic battle that showcases the reason why they are called Guardians. This is where the rest of the team comes into focus along with new Guardians teammate Iron Man.
The plot reinforces the outlaw nature of the Guardians who act more like heroic pirates than altruistic heroes. Acting in direct defiance of inter-galactic law the team comes to Earth to stop a Badoon invasion. The action gets into high gear with McNiven showcasing each Guardian and their specific talents in combat. The excitement makes for a great entry point to the comic books as it feels like a continuation of the movie.
Pichelli comes onto the art team towards the end of the story and does not miss a beat with her stunning style that compliments McNiven’s and keeps the action moving.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers” collects the 0.1 issue as well as issues 1-3 of the regular “Guardians of the Galaxy” series. In addition is a collection of vignettes starring each Guardian in a solo story written by Bendis teamed with talented artists. These stories show where the characters are prior to the launch of the series as Star-Lord searches them out to bring the band back together.
If you liked the movie and the characters established in it then “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers” is the place to start. From there you can work your way through Marvel’s massive library of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and see their various incarnations over their 46 year history.
This collection is available digitally on all digital platforms from comiXology.com to Kindle. You can also find this collection in trade paperback at your local comic book retailer. Click here to find your nearest store.