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Annihilation: Conquest - Book 1 (Annihilation #4)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  727 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
The next sci-fi epic blasts off here! In the grim aftermath of the Annihilation War, a devastated universe struggles to rebuild. Gripped by fear and paranoia, civilizations have collapsed and entire worlds are now smoking ruins. What is next for the battle weary heroes known as Nova, Peter Quill, and Quasar? What are Ronan's plans for the once-mighty Kree Empire? Which cos ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 29th 2008 by Marvel (first published February 6th 2008)
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May 21, 2015 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annihilation: Conquest is an event from 2007 that follows the Annihilation event, showing the aftermath of the Kree war with Annihilus and the sneak attack of the techno-organic race known as the Phalanx. The Phalanx seals off Kree space and it's up to various heroes to try to put a dent in the Phalanx's goal of assimilating all life into their collective. One miniseries follows Quasar and Moondragon as they dodge the Super-Adaptoid and attempt to find the "savior" who Quasar is being directed t ...more
Dec 15, 2012 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
I love the huge stories that Abnett And Lanning told for a few years as they revitalized Marvel's cosmic characters. This story, Annihilation: Conquest, is a direct sequel to their epic Annihilation story. As a result of that war, certain parts of the Marvel universe are damaged or destroyed, and this book picks up with an attempt by the Kree to rebuild their defenses. Something goes terribly wrong, and the Phalanx (in a drastic redesign from their appearances in X-Men comics during the 1990s) b ...more
Collections like these are almost always jarring - rarely are the creators of disparate stories on equal footing, making the better suffer and the lesser look even lesser next to the master.

Even worse, the mini-intro done by Abnett & Lanning just further embarrasses the lesser here.

AC: Starlord

This is one of the best Giffen books I've read lately - just as self-aware, self-deprecating and snarky as ever, and contains one of the best catch-the-reader-up intro sequences (and "getting a gang to
Sara J.
May 18, 2015 Sara J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Really enjoyed Star Lord #1-#4... great stuff, great character (PETER QUILL FTW) & I really like the art (clean lines just do it for me - lel). Also... Rocket Racoon is GREAT! And Groot is... verbose! Different from their GotG movie versions (Star Lord too)... but definitely no less terrific! Cannot wait to get to the first volume of GotG. Lel.

The Quasar books were okay... didn't enjoy them as much as the Star Lord books though. Haha.
Randy Lander
Picking up where Annihilation left off, this starts off with miniseries, just as Annihilation did. However, Conquest is in every way an improvement upon the original Annihilation, and these miniseries are no exception.

This book features the one-shot where the Phalanx (a surprisingly good foe, given that they're crap '90s X-Men villains) take over the Kree Empire, and some heroes rise to battle them. Those heroes include the new Quasar and her lover Moondragon, in a story that is a bit by-the-num
Douglass Gaking
Dec 27, 2015 Douglass Gaking rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Annihilation: Conquest is a Marvel event, following the Annihilation event. Book 1 starts off with a prologue and jumps into Star-Lord #1-4. The Guardians of the Galaxy characters are a little different here if you are mostly familiar with them from the recent film. However, they are still really awesome characters and a pretty good story. Next is my favorite part of this volume, Quasar #1-4. In the Annihilation event, Phyla-Vell, daughter of Captain Mar-Vell, was chosen by the Quantum Bands to ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Hrishi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annihilation: Conquest Book 1 picks up from where the massive Annihilation event left off. (The latter effectively rebooted Marvel's "Cosmic" stories).

This volume collects three limited series. To start there is "Annihilation Conquest: Prologue" which (as the unwieldy name suggests)is the stage-setter for the two other limited series included, as well as the wider Conquest event itself. Starlord and the new Quasar get a story arc each as well, in the immediate aftermath of the defeat of the Ann
Philip Cosand
If you like epic space operas, then this (the first of three books), is for you. Marvel's multi-year Annihilation (and later Conquest) explored most of their alien races, characters, and conflicts. Think of it as Marvel's Star Wars and you'll understand how vast the plots and species are.

If you want to see how the current Guardians of the Galaxy team came to be, then this is also the book you have to read.

With that said, there is a -lot- of back story. Most of it is explained, but you're going t
Much better start than the Annihilation books. To be fair though this really should just be called Conquest, because Annihilus and the Annihilation Wave are part of the past and not really factoring into this story (other than they are what left the world in the state that it is. But Branding.

The Star-Lord story is lots of fun. It has the feel of a heist story and also an old school War movie behind enemy lines story. It's a good combo. The gathering of the team is perfect. Each character is int
Jun 03, 2014 Darth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Feb 28, 2014 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading as I'm all kinds of excited for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Off the back of one of the best modern Marvel events - Annihilation - this book spends a nice bit of time on the state of the galaxy post-war before kicking into high gear for the event itself.

Much like Annihilation, Conquest starts with mini series on key groups of characters. The highlight is the Star Lord mini (though he prefers you call him 'Peter') with the 'Dirty Dozen in space' feel that would go on to define th
Adrian Astur Alvarez
In the lead up to the Annihilation: Conquest crossover event we get a mix of the kinds of silly, overly serious nonsense reserved for younger readers willing to buy into comic machismo but you also get issues of Starlord. I'll admit, I'm only reading these in anticipation of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie but to that effect the Starlord issues are highly entertaining. Much of their pull comes from having a set of eclectic characters trying to work together in not so obvious ways. The fa ...more
Apr 20, 2014 Pturingan rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly entertaining.

I came in with very low expectations for this book since I have had very little interest in the "cosmic" side of the Marvel Universe as well as in science fiction books in general. I took a chance on this book because it was on sale at half-price and friends were telling me that it would be a good introduction to the new Guardians of the Galaxy series and the characters in the upcoming movie.

Fortunately for me, this book was quite fun. Maybe I'll check out some more Gu
Aug 06, 2014 Silas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This continues on from where Annihilation left off, with the Phalanx following on the heels of that event to conquer and assimilate the Kree. This is kind of a mixed bag of stories, involving several disparate characters, rather like the individual stories that preceded the Annihilation event. They all had a pretty different tone, with the Starlord one being kind of a heist story, and the Quasar one being more of a fantasy story. They were both good, but quite different, and I am interested to s ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it
Well done space comics for serious Marvel comics fans.

I really enjoyed the first Annihilation storyline, and this one includes all of the elements that made that one great. It pulls on a wide variety of cosmic characters from across the line, setting them in the midst of a space war with incredibly high stakes. All of the writers of this volume--Christos Gage, Keith Giffen, and the team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning--take minor characters like Phyla-Vell (daughter of the original Captain Marvel
This takes place right after Annihilation and is currently receiving some attention because of the upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy. Basically, the writers go digging up some fairly obscure characters from the 60s and 70s and revamp them to make them interesting again. Nostalgia aside, I think they were pretty successful.

After the defeat of the Annihilation Wave, the Kree are attacked by the Phalanx, a tech-based race that immediately brings to mind the Borg. "You will be assimilated." If
May 09, 2013 Christopher rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This series represents a marked improvement over its predecessor, which started out well but quickly devolved into little more than a celebration of nasty (not to mention completely unnecessary) violence. This book, however, manges to be fun while simultaneously maintaining a sense of danger. After a prologue that recalls the best aspects of space opera, the series gets off to a roaring start with a Guardians of the Galaxy story that feels like THE DIRTY DOZEN in space. This is followed by the i ...more
M. David Loyal
This is another over-arcing mini-series. It deals with the ‘cosmic’ superheroes and the alien races of the Marvel universe. It is actually the second major saga of the cosmic heroes line, the first being ‘Annihilation. In Annihilation, two of the three major alien races are almost destroyed. The Skrull Empire was decimated and the Kree Empire was barely holding on. Conquest tells what happens next. This collection starts with a re-imagining of one of the major alien races – the Phalanx. In the f ...more
So, of course after finishing Annihilation, I jumped right into the Conquest stuff. Which is presented in the same way as Annihilation, except instead of four four-issue series, there is only three because Nova got a continuing series, so the first 7 issues of his series (if I remember correctly) serve as the fourth precursor series.
Anyway, this volume has Annihilation Prologue - a one shot. Annihilation Conquest: Quasar and Annihilation: Starlord.
Prologue was good. Nice one shot that sets the s
Brad Gray
Oct 23, 2014 Brad Gray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Conquest series is much better than the Annihilation series before it. With Quasar, Star-Lord, Nova, & Wraith... I find myself much more satisfied than I was with Ronan, Silver Surfer, Heralds of Galactus, and Super Skrull.

I would tell you to skip over the Annihilation series and start with Conquest... but Annihilation is definitely a must with the Nova, Drax, and Thanos story lines.

Quasar is probably my favorite in this series so far with Wraith a close second.
Nov 02, 2011 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
From this first half, I would judge this to be a worthy successor to Annihilation. The introductory chapter is solid, introduces the main characters nicely, and has a particularly cinematic scene introducing the villains. The Starlord chapters are great fun, with a cool cast and a nice, light-hearted space-opera feel. The Quasar chapters are much less inspired--cheesier, with confusing art, and less interesting, but they also move the plot forward more than the Starlord chapters. (Although too m ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Стар-лорд милаха, команда у него шикарная, сам по себе эвент пока любопытный. Теперь понятно хоть за что будет корить себя Питер в начале GotG и почему у него исчезли имплантанты.
Но история Квазар совсем никакая, вот нисколько я не проникся ее отношениями с Мундрэгон и в целом слабый сюжет. Рисовка прикольная разве что. (view spoiler)
Aug 10, 2014 Gigi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something not quite right about the Phyla Vell/Quaser storyline. Guess it was meant to be controversial but the romantic storyline is tacky in a 'guys write a chick flick' kinda way and weirdly portrayed. Main storyline also drags on a bit so 2.5 stars.
Colby Pryor
Sep 08, 2010 Colby Pryor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was rather interesting to read because it shows you how to create a proper sequel with a particular work. I learned that you don't have to make the sequel to something completely different from the original to make it good and to make it able to stand on it's own two feet as a piece of literature. Just so long as the sequel feels natural and right, with Annihilation: Conquest, the setting is the Marvel Universe, a shared universe with decisive end. Meaning giving a sequel the original ...more
Jun 01, 2015 JayC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Not as good as Annihilation but still good. The Wraith story is not that great and generally the writing is weak in many places. Still better than most Marvel comic series, a really interesting universe, races and cultures.
Jul 05, 2015 Dean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If it wasn't for the Guardian's of the Galaxy story, I probably would have given this 2 stars. It was neat to see the Spaceknights again, but their fate was disheartening. Interesting use of the the Super Adaptoid.
Apr 11, 2015 B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westend, borrowed
Who would have thought this was a license to print money?

Or that Groot would talk like Dr. Doom?

Probably the big problem with this book is that it doesn't get anywhere. It is an awful lot like prologue even though things happen.
Quasar's stuff is OK, but getting to spend time with Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Mantis, Bug and Captain Universe, who meet for the first time for a mission in the Star-Lord series, is a lot of fun.
Apr 24, 2014 Travis rated it it was ok
Not as solid a story as the first Annihilation, lots of loose plot threads that never got the focus they needed, but still a decent bit of space opera.

Not a fan of the new version of Quasar.
Dec 13, 2012 Sean rated it really liked it
The next book in Marvel's epic cosmic adventures is really good. The art overall is solid but not spectacular. The cover art is spectacular. The plot of the Conquest is a good one and the next book in the series looks really good and this has whetted my appetite for it. The Starlord centered half of the book was my favorite because it a great collection of characters that will turn into the Guardians of the Galaxy. Rocket Raccoon is somehow cool. Groot was hilarious and Mantis was better here th ...more
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