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Annihilation, Book One (Annihilation #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  2,267 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone, has declared war. Hordes of loyal soldiers swarm from the centre of the universe, and only a handful of heroes can resist destruction. As the Xandarian Nova Corps meet its doom, only Richard Rider survives. Can he rediscover himself to lead the war effort against the Annihilation Wave?
Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 26th 2007 by Marvel (first published March 7th 2007)
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May 21, 2014 Anne rated it liked it
So Mike wrote a pretty glowy review for Annihilation: Conquest - Book 1.
And since I'd just read (and liked) The Thanos Imperative, which takes place after all the Annihilation stuff, it was just the push I needed to check this out.

Unfortunately for me, I didn't check out the reviews for this before I grabbed it.
Always check the reviews, people!
This wasn't much fun for me to read. Turns out, I don't care about Nova.
Who knew?
And this is a Nova heavy title.
It also seems that I care even less abou
For those reading all three of my reviews only the middle part has new information.

This isn't a book for a casual Marvel Universe reader. If you read it and aren't a pro you absolutely must read the historical information in between scenes.

There are a lot of stories within but they blend well enough and are needed. This starts with the Skrulls (they're the ones in one of the latest Avenger movies) and then goes on to all type of galactic settings and characters.

It's good but takes a while to dig
I don't entirely mind being dropped in the middle of years of mythology, but the mythology just hits me like the stench of garbage. The initial attack on some who-the-hell-cares prison, the entry of The Nova Corps (who look like Green Lantern Corps -a parade of boring and ugly-for-ugly's-sake-looking aliens - with uglier uniforms that look like a cross between classic X-Men and that garbage Judge Dredd movie with Stallone), ugh.

Why should it have to be a chore to get up to speed and into whatev
Aug 10, 2016 Anthony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital
A bit of good and bad here. The prologue and Nova stuff I liked. It gives you a good introduction to the Nova Corps, who are basically space cops (and therefore basically Green Lanterns) and sets up the Annihilation threat for the rest of the story. The only problem is, we dont get much as to the motivation of the Annihilation wave? Like, I get that it'll be addressed later, but they suddenly just turn up and no one thinks to ask why? Maybe it's because there's so much chaos and destruction goin ...more
Drax the Destroyer, notorious mass murderer, crashes on Earth, fights some aliens, regenerates like my man the Doctor, then befriends a damaged little Earth girl named Cammi. They head into deep space, only to run into-

Annihilus, scourge of the Negative Zone, has somehow come into command of a hive-mind fleet of insect aliens and massive ships called the Annihiliation Wave, and takes it plowing into the homeworld of the Nova Corps, a galactic police force. One Nova survives: the human Richard Ri
Dec 05, 2014 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I really enjoyed Nova's beginnings. I got hooked on the storyline because it was surrounded by tons of my favorite toys. Worldmind planetary AI? Check. Previously distributed immense power concentrated in one individual? Check. A need for a more snarky supermind riding my skull? Well... maybe no check, but it comes close. The art is great, too.
Mar 12, 2014 Kyle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel
I fumbled my way through this one a bit. I don't know much about the Negative Zone, I don't know its lore or about many of the characters that come from there.... somehow, in my decades of reading comic books, I have managed to unintentionally avoid most of the stories that involve the Negative Zone.

So. This collection told me absolutely nothing about the Negative Zone and the sudden arrival of its strongest most formidable inhabitants into our universe. Out of nowhere, all of a sudden, with no
David Caldwell
Annihilus has left the Negative Zone and is living up to his name. Drax the Destroyer has left his exile on Earth and becomes the mentor to the last surviving member of the Nova Corps. Quasar makes an appearance as well.

This collects the Drax mini-series and the start of the Annihilation story arc. Draw gets a reboot and a teen Earth girl as a sidekick but loses some of his powers. Nova, on the other hand, gets a power boost when the entire world mind and Nova Force are downloaded into him.

Jan 20, 2015 Farhad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, actually very good. a trilling grand plot with multiply mini stories and exciting characters.

Elder Gods
All Heralds of Galactus
Super Skrull
Star Lord
& let's not spoil everything.

Best part: NO AVENGERS: Thanks the one above all for this one is why exactly this story shines.

A Must read for Marvel and comic fans alike.
Jan 22, 2015 Dan rated it liked it
An okay story...some of the art looked like a kid drew it.
Christian Smith
Jan 18, 2017 Christian Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plot holes/problems:

1. At the very beginning of this volume Drax and some other aliens crash landed on earth in a spaceship. Then security cameras that were part of the spaceship continued to hover around and record what was going on. But the real question is why did those hover cameras broadcast the footage to earth TV at a certain frequency. Their goal is to monitor and give that monitoring video to the jailers. So if you're going to monitor at all why not cast that frequency into more than on
Dec 30, 2016 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this was my first time being introduced to some of these characters, others, such as Drax, Ronan, Thanos and Gamora I was a bit more familiar with, but only their basic story lines from Guardians of the Galaxy.

My dad gave me these three books to borrow and read because I had told him I wanted to read more graphic novels. I quite enjoyed this series! I loved getting to know the lesser known characters, well, lesser known to me.

The overarching plot wasn't clear at the beginning, but I was oka
I remember seeing Nova as a kid and thinking he looked really cool. I may have traced him a time or two but I don't remember ever getting interested enough to read any of his comics. It's kind of funny the kid in this book (Cammi) makes fun of how "ridiculous" he looks. Cammi is by far my favorite character in the series. She's hilarious. One thing is that I always thought Nova's "helmet" was a hard metal thing but in this they make it like it's made out of something that's more like cloth.

Jan 10, 2017 Nicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this started quite slowly with the fourth issue of Drax being the point where I started to be interested in the story. It continues to pick up and build with the Nova issues being really engaging. Looking forward to reading the next chapter.
Holden Johnson
Solid insight into Drax the Destroyer even though the plot was a bit dull. Loved seeing Nova's origins and am excited to see the rest of this timeline.
Dec 18, 2016 Damon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, library
This is the Annihilation event from Marvel Comics. It collects three different stories by different writers and illustrators, and my opinion varies between each work.

The first two stories are by Keith Giffen, and I did not care for either of these. I understand Giffen is a legendary name in comics, yet, I can't think for sure what I've read from him in the past. Regardless of the quality of his past work, he did a lousy job here. I found the final story, written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Jan 29, 2014 The_Mad_Swede rated it really liked it
Being a huge fan of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's cosmic Marvel run (Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy), I finally got around to pick up the three TPBs collecting the Annihilation event which started it all. Of course, it should be stated that the prime mover with regards to this event appears to be Keith Giffen (even though messires Abnett and Lanning do have fingers in the pie).

This first volume collects Drax the Destroyer #1–4, written by Giffen and drawn by Mitch Breitweiser (not my favourite
Joe Young
Oct 03, 2013 Joe Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keith Griffin - author
Dan Abnett - author
Andy Lanning - author
Scott Kolins - illustrator
Ariel Olivetti - illustrator
Kev Walker - illustrator

In Marvel Comics there exists a place called the Negative Zone - a dimension or Universe that is parallel to and in opposition of our own. The Negative Zone is full of negatively charged matter (anti-matter), has different physical properties of existence and, instead of expanding outward from the center like our Universe, is contracting inward toward a dead
Arno Callens
Sep 10, 2015 Arno Callens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-comics
Here we go: Annihilation. Considering the main arc is saved for Book Three, I was wary this would be tangential at best to that story. Now I realize all this build-up will make the eventual pay-off all the more satisfying.

And it's not like this is boring at all. Drax The Destroyer is a darkly funny series, re-introducing the main character, and pitting him against some memorable aliens, and the sour mind of a teenage girl. The relationship between Drax and Cammi is the heart of this tale, even t
Sep 05, 2007 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This will serve as my review of the three volumes in the Annihilation series. Marvel takes many of its "cosmic" characters - Super-Skrull, Nova, Annihilus, Galactus and his Heralds, etc - and runs them through a consistently interesting and exciting space war.

Basically, Annihilus and a fleet of killer bugs (the Annihilation Wave) leaves the Negative Zone and invades the mainline Marvel universe. Their mission; to destroy the Marvel universe, which is encroaching on the Negative
Jeremy Seybert
Apr 13, 2014 Jeremy Seybert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend suggested I read this before the Guardians of the Galaxy movie came out. He said it would give me a little more Drax background. The issues of Drax the Destroyer before the Annihilation: Nova provide a decent exposition. Drax, Paibok, Lunatik and the Blood Brothers are on their way to the prison Kyln when they crash in Alaska. Along the way they introduce a young girl by the name of Cammi, who becomes Drax's companion through Annihilation. Though her continual assertions that she "owns ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Hrishi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took up the Kindle edition of this volume, which collects Drax the Destroyer: Earthfall, Annihilation: Prologue, and Annihilation: Nova (1 - 4), as a good entry-point into Marvel's 'cosmic' tales. My only exposure thus far to matters cosmic was the Dark Phoenix storyline which involved the Shi'ar. (No, I haven't read Infinity Gauntlet).

As crossovers go, this one started off OK. The Drax storyline was very well done I thought. Particularly the character of Cammi, a young Alaskan girl who's had
Jun 09, 2014 Todd rated it really liked it
So the Annihilation: Prologue is clumsy. It's a single issue that just felt like the writer wasn't sure how to give this information to the reader, so he just wrote a bad prologue to prepare for a good story.

The Drax comics were fun. I don't have much experience with Drax. It was nice to see him go from Monster to something less than Monster. I also really like Cammi. She has annoying side-kick in her DNA, but I wasn't annoyed with her at all. The storyline of a small town held hostage by aliens
May 27, 2014 Silas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was hard to get through for me (and I think I am not unlike other readers in this respect). There is a lot of information here, based on decades of Marvel space comics which I haven't followed. I was familiar with most of these characters (having just read Avengers Arena, I even knew who Cammi was), but didn't know a whole lot about what was going on, or how things connected. I'm sure I missed some of the nuance and subtext, but the book did a pretty good job of making sure that you could f ...more
Matthew Ledrew
It took me forever to start this. I kept reading the first page of the Drax segment and then stopping, closing the book, and trying something else. I finally ground my teeth and forced my way past it, only to discover something unexpected: it was good. Quite good, in fact.

Annihilation is done the way crossovers should be done and rarely are, in my opinion. Separate stories all interwoven via the same setting / plot device, in this case the Annihilation Wave. The thought of this destructive force
I haven't read many of the "space" comics, and with Guardians of the Galaxy coming out, I thought now would be a good time to start. I was really enamored with Drax the Destroyer and his sidekick from Earth, Cammi. Cammi is about 11 years old and manages to add a lot of humor and defuse some of the complaints the reader might have about this "space stuff" like making fun of Nova's costume. On the one hand, she tells him that he looks really stupid, but on the other, his costume is really tight, ...more
Jan 07, 2008 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The illustrations are cool, but the story was [to me] weirdly disjointed. I was totally getting into the first part of the story on earth in Coon Bluff, Alaska, when all of the sudden the two main characters just spontaneously warped into outer space or some other planet-who-knows-where, and all of the sudden they were interacting with some crazy superheros.

Then it never again mentions anything that was going on in the first part, leaving me wondering, "What's going on with all those people in
Mar 21, 2014 Olaf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel that I liked this more than I should have. I had no idea who most of the characters were and about places where various things were happening (thankfully the Nova Corps info pages helped with that) but somehow it didn't stop me from liking this.

Story about Drax was cliched and refreshing at the same time, and somehow I ended enjoying it even though it had one of the most egregious non-ending I've seen recently (if I didn't know that it's kind of prelude for other things I would be really
Sara J.
May 19, 2015 Sara J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Started on this because it was the first book on the "Guardians of the Galaxy" reading guide on reddit (yes, I just watched the movie two days ago :p).

Was pleasantly surprised to find out that Dan Abnett wrote these books (For the Emperor!). Well... it didn't disssapoint. I will admit it was a bit slow in the beginning. But Nova is brilliantly written. Epic and sombre and campy dialogue that doesn't drag.

The feels be there!

Man, I haven't read a comic in ages. The feel of this medium has always
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Keith Ian Giffen is an American comic book illustrator and writer. He is possibly best-known for his long runs illustrating, and later writing the Legion of Super-Heroes title in the 1980s and 1990s. He also created the alien mercenary character Lobo (with Roger Slifer), and the irreverent "want-to-be" hero, Ambush Bug. Giffen is known for having an unorthodox writing style, often using characters ...more
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