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Guardians of the Galaxy: The Complete Collection, Volume 1 (Guardians of the Galaxy, Modern #1-2)

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With the fabric of the universe torn, all that stands between us and invading horrors is a team of cosmic misfits. Led by Star-Lord, the newly-minted Guardians of the Galaxy include a who's who of the mightiest -and most bizarre - protectors the stars have ever seen! Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Gamora, Adam Warlock, Mantis, the all-new Quasar, Cosmo the tele ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Marvel (first published August 5th 2014)
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Birdie I would recommend that you read Annihilation, and Annihilation: Conquest. Both wonderful reads that give you plenty of backstory. If you like…moreI would recommend that you read Annihilation, and Annihilation: Conquest. Both wonderful reads that give you plenty of backstory. If you like Guardians of the Galaxy then you should also read War of Kings and Realm of Kings. (less)

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Holy Pama! That was an entertained ride!

This TPB edition is the first volume of two, containing the issues from #1 to #12 inclusive, and it's a tie-in edition to the film, since previously this series was published in 4 volumes, instead on only two now.

Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning

Illustrators: Clint Langley (covers), Paul Pelletier (1-7), Brad Walker (8-10), Wes Craig (11-12) with the assistance of Carlos Magno (9).


One question, though... who are you again?

Sep 24, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Not exactly the easiest place for somebody fresh from the movie to start with Guardians of the Galaxy. There's a lot (a lot) of backstory required to understand who these people are, what they're doing, and what the hell is going on. I'm slightly ahead of the curve: I know who Adam Warlock is, and I know what the Kree and Skrull are. And a few other things. Apparently, this series drew heavily on the Annihilation event that preceded it, and that I haven't read. It would have been better if I had ...more
Sep 15, 2016 DramaQueen rated it really liked it
After absolutely loving the 2014 Marvel movie, my interest in the Guardians of the Galaxy-comics was born. There are several comic series out there including this gang of intergalactic superheroes; I decided to go for the one director James Gunn based his scripts/ideas on.

It definitely took me some time to get into this one; it's quite different from any other superhero graphic novels I read (mainly, because I only read superhero comics by DC Comics before (like Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, The
Jan 13, 2015 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
***Green Theme Buddy Reads Book #2 - Again, Gamora and Drax ARE is Mantis, and a whole bunch of other alien characters...there's my rationale***

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This is not your Chris Pratt Guardians. This is the 2008 version, not the Bendis. I enjoyed it a lot, in the first half, but then, like the characters, it got too cosmic. "I hate that cosmic shit" This version also includes Adam Warlock and Quasar...but not the Wendell Vaughn Quasar I'm familiar with (this one is half-Kree, and possibly daugh
Feb 03, 2015 Macarena rated it it was amazing
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NECESITO MÁS. Es increíble lo mucho que me gusto esta historia. Adoro a los personajes. Los comentarios de Rocket son los mejores. Me dieron muchas ganas de rever la película.
Lo súper recomiendo.
Jan 29, 2015 Jackie rated it really liked it
Unless like Brian Bendis' current run, stuff is actually happening in this series.
Javier Muñoz
La historia no está mal, el dibujo tiene momentos muy buenos, pero tengo algunos problemas con este tomo...

En primer lugar la edición... Extra superhéroes es un formato de tamaño pequeño, papel muy fino, tapa blanda... no es lo ideal para disfrutar de esta colección, que tiene grandes escenarios cósmicos, splash pages con muchos personajes...

Además esta colección tiene el problema que tienen muchas colecciones de marvel y dc, la temida continuidad... aunque en este tomo se comienza un nuevo vol
Feb 21, 2017 Grace rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

I read this chunker because I cannot get enough of these Guardians!

I do have to say that this isn't my favourite Guardian's comic collection I have read however it wasn't the worst.

- It had an engaging plot and focused on the Guardians that usually don't get as much attention as the others these days.
- ^That being said, this was my favourite take on Drax The Destroyer. I've said previously that he lacks emotional depth and insight but I found that this had
Jun 23, 2015 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Now this is more like it. I had sworn off the modern Guardians when it was first announced, because I worried it would erase the classic versions of the characters. This does a good job of integrating those old characters, the new ones, and other classic cosmic Marvel characters. It's a tall order to tell a story that would resonate with all those different groups of fans, and Abnett and Lanning do a great job of it. This really makes me want to track down all their other work with these charact ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
The "Complete Collection" contains the first twelve issues of the "restarted" GOTG series, as opposed to the 1990s series. There's some great stuff in here!

However, this is a rough intro for fans of the movie, because you'll have no idea (1) why these people are where they are or (2) who these OTHER people are, like Warlock and Phyla-Vell. Movie fans will unfortunately be better off starting with the Annihilation collections. The Star-Lord mini is almost required reading for this GOTG series.
Jan 07, 2015 Mia rated it really liked it
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This covers issues 1-12 of the 2008 reboot of Guardians of the Galaxy. I really enjoyed most of this. The first 6 issues were probably the best, and I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Phyla, Drax, and Moondragon in issues 11 and 12 (though I did not like the art style of 11... far too cartoony). I think I need to go back and read some of the Annihilation comics to get Phyla's backstory as Quasar.

The first six issues were really funny, and I particularly liked the use of Debrief Log to int
Nicole Westen
Dec 13, 2015 Nicole Westen rated it really liked it
Really good, but I got one of the second printings, which mean the second 'chapter' is mixed up. Just a heads up to anyone who get a hold of one of the second print runs of this, about five or six pages into the second chapter, it jumps into the third chapter. Apparently this happened to all of the volumes in this print run (I really want to know what the quality control guy was doing that day!). But don't let that ruin it for you, it is a great read, once you get past that part!
Andy 117
Jan 08, 2015 Andy 117 rated it it was ok
Usually, when I'm enjoying a book, it's compelling. I want to keep turning the pages, I want to follow the characters, see the story unfold and events transpire. I want answers to questions and I want new questions to intrigue and confound me. So I should probably have picked up that I wasn't enjoying Guardians of the Galaxy when it took me about a month to get through the first six issues.

I was convinced, I was just warming up to the series. But when I got to issue ten, with two left and absolu
Oct 23, 2016 Gabriel rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent read for anybody who wants to get familiar with the modern day incarnation of Guardians of the Galaxy. Dan Abnett did a great job capturing the Marvel style of storytelling the company's been famous for, and really brought out different traits in various characters. I didn't find a whole lot wrong with the book, which is a sign of a comic which truly deserves any critical acclaim it's received in the past and to this very day. Guardians is accessible, easy to follow, and at ...more
Feb 17, 2017 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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Cosmic teamwork and deception! Sharp art and coloring work make this collection entertaining and engaging. Sometimes the references to the Avengers confused me because I'm not quite aware how the Guardians mesh with that universe. It was fascinating to see Groot say something other than "I AM GROOT!" Really liked getting to know Major Victory and Mantis (wonder if they will show up in any of the movies?).
Jun 18, 2017 Michael rated it it was amazing
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Fantastic book. Wish I would have known that there were books before this (Annihilation) and afterwards (War of Kings). Oh well!!
I really, really enjoyed this volume--though I have to admit that there were some parts of it that I was confused by because issue #5 was printed twice instead of issue #4 being printed in my copy. Obviously I can't fault the authors for that, but suddenly it did make much more sense to me why some things were happening out of nowhere.

Anyway, because this volume my only previous experience with Guardians of the Galaxy had been through the film (which I'd enjoyed a lot more than I'd expected). So
David Turko
Feb 18, 2017 David Turko rated it liked it
conflicted between 3 and 4 stars. Decided on 3 because the art in the later half kind of falter. The story is great and its worth reading though.
I read some article over the summer when the Guardians of the Galaxy movie came out that listed this as one of the books I should check out if I wanted to beef up on Marvel shnizz before seeing it. I never got around to it, and I'm kinda glad. I would have expected a much different movie afterwards if I had.

This is actually the book where the current incarnation of the GOTG were created. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning pulled together the new team from previously existing characters in the Marvel u
Feb 06, 2015 David(LA,CA) rated it liked it
Well, it does appear to fix one of the problems I have with the newer series. They actually seem to have a storyline that is theirs and theirs alone to deal with. And it actually strikes me as something that would cause the formation of a group. They don't seem to be dropping whatever current event is happening to them in order to become a part of whatever is going on to other teams in the rest of the marvel universe. Which isn't to say they don't crossover to a major event that was going on at ...more
Michael Nash
Aug 31, 2014 Michael Nash rated it really liked it
I've complained before about the way Marvel Comics, and particularly Marvel Comics dealing with "cosmic stuff" are really bad about throwing the reader into the deep end and expecting you to know 50 years of comic backstory, and that in general I don't want to deal with them. Dan Abnett's run on Guardians of the Galaxy is a study in how to deal with the massive Marvel continuity correctly. Over and over, Abnett drops a few lines that provide you all you need to know about introduced characters a ...more
Jul 26, 2015 M rated it liked it
Well, this definitely didn't bare much, if any, resemblance to the film. The five Guardians from the movie are present, but Groot isn't an active team member until the second half of the story, and Star Lord especially doesn't resemble his film self. I did kinda expect this, but I still can't help but feel a little disappointed that I didn't get more adventures of the movie characters. There were also a ton of extra members and other characters. I did generally enjoy them, even if I didn't know ...more
Will Robinson Jr.
Nov 17, 2014 Will Robinson Jr. rated it really liked it
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For those who want an introduction to the Marvel Cosmic Universe. This was a pretty good jumping on point. Dan Abnett has created an exciting and always changing space opera. There is a lot of back story you may want to know before jumping into this first volume of the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy series. But the cool thing is that many of the members of this team are officially working as a team for the first time so the book has an origin kind of feel. I didn't have much trouble following the ...more
Apr 04, 2015 Kelsey rated it liked it
I'd give this a 3.5, and technically that means I should round up to 4, but it wasn't a 4-star book.

There's a quote from a minor character, Jack Flag (Flagg?) about how he hates cosmic stuff, and I think I sort of agree. I don't hate it, but it's not my preference. With the movie last year, I was left with the overall impression of "what's the point?" and while this comic gave a slight bit more background, I still don't really have an answer to that question. Seems like someone wanted a space te
Feb 20, 2015 Aaron rated it really liked it
This graphic novel pulls together the early issues of the comic that came about after the reboot of the team that occurred in the recent film. The team is mostly made up of the characters seen in the movie, but a few more powerful superheroes and interesting characters are added to the mix. The team finds themselves trying to balance there disparate personalities as they are confronted with a galaxy that seems to be suffering from cosmic tears and a super religious organization called the Church ...more
May 15, 2015 Nathan rated it really liked it
Guardians of the Galaxy has become a massive hit in terms of the 2015 film and it's no surprise Marvel wants to cash in on those lovable rogues. I could hardly blame them although assigning Brian Michael Bendis to the current series is a huge misstep but while Brian magnificently mucks up both X-men and Guardians we can turn to Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning for a more enjoyable tale.

The 2008 series is quite fun, Paul Pelletier, Wes Craig and others bring the space spanning stories to life. This se
Holden Attradies
Nov 22, 2014 Holden Attradies rated it really liked it
I'll start this off by saying what many others have said: it's not the best starting place for someone trying to get into the team. There are so many things you need to be familiar with from the Marvel universe. But I, luckily, had read most of what I needed to. I'm sure a few quick Google searches could have got me caught up too.

One I got things straight and was able to dive into the comic I found it VERY enjoyable. The narration through the after reports of the team were funny and a genius way
Shane Perry
Jul 28, 2014 Shane Perry rated it really liked it
Like most, I picked this up because of the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie and wanted to read what director James Gunn found so appealing. Got to say, the man has good taste. I am a bit of a novice when it comes to cosmic Marvel. I tend to prefer stuff situated on Earth. Nevertheless, this is a fun first 12 issues of Guardians. Definitely better than the current Bendis run on the title. The art gets better as the book goes on, which is a plus. I also love that the stories are generally 2-3 iss ...more
Mar 21, 2015 Jacob added it
Public library copy.

This was a decent read even for someone as ignorant as myself with all things cosmic in the Marvel universe. Firstly, the book mentions that Drax killed Thanos, which was news to me and then I had no knowledge of Adam Warlock joining the team. From an art stand point, I thought Pelletier did a terrific job, but it's too bad he didn't draw the book from beginning to end. Pelletier was someone who's work I discovered at Cross Gen, but he's truly under appreciated by the comic
Feb 04, 2016 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
While I agree with some other reviewers that this collection needs a bit of backstory reading before starting this one, it was still entertaining and easy enough to follow. The only issue is that there are so many complex characters, it would be nice to know more of who they are before reading about them working together. There was a small amount of down-time and humor in this collection, but it mostly followed the theme of fixing holes in space-time and beating up the bad guys standing in the w ...more
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