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Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Avengers, Vol. 1

(Guardians of the Galaxy (1990) Tie-ins)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Captain America, Doctor Strange, the Thing, the Hulk and other familiar faces join the star-spanning heroes in the greatest war the future ever saw! Then, as the Guardians help a planet in turmoil rebuild, threats rise from two other worlds: one of them living, the other gone mad! It's cosmic action as you like it, as the Avengers of tomorrow face their baptism of fire! Fe ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Marvel (first published January 9th 2013)
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Timothy Boyd
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Marvel in the 1970s had, to me, a lot of cool SiFi influences in their stories. The original Guardians are a great example, genetically modified humans that were used to colonize Earth's solar system in the future. Very different than the current Guardians they were a combination Superhero story, war story and SiFi story all rolled into one in the Mighty Marvel Manner. Great classic art and story. Recommended
Shannon Appelcline
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
Marvel Super-Heroes (18). It's great to see this first appearance of the Guardians. Mind you, it's kind of flawed: the artwork is very primitive and blocky, the writing is mediocre, and Yondu gets a somewhat racist depiction. But it's still full of original and innovative ideas, particularly for the time [7/10].

Marvel Two-In-One (4-5). The Guardians' return five years later is a sloppy story, primarily because Gerber likes his continuing stories, rather unusually for the time period. Thus we get
Zack! Empire
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
A really nice collection. I've actually become a fan of the original, and seemingly less popular, versions of the Guardians. This book also made me want to have a nice Marvel Two in One color collection, read more of The Defenders, and I'm definitely a fan of Steve Gerber now. There's also two text peices at the end where Steve Gerber and Roger Stern, who comes on to write the last few issues after Steve, talk about working on Guardians. I really like those glimpses into the old Marvel Bullpen. ...more
Andy Goldman
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
It’s been quite a while since my last graphic novel review. Partly this is because I tore through a bunch of new Valiant graphic novels (reviews to come later), but it was also because I’ve been reading this dense collection of the original Guardian of the Galaxy comics. Well, I’m finally done, so here are my thoughts on it.

I was first introduced to the Guardians of the Galaxy in 1990 with Jim Valentino’s version of the comic. I bought three copies of issue #1 and I got them signed, thus assurin
As a kid the individual comics that are collected in this compilation charged my imagination in ways that only a few others comics did. There was the Fantastic Four and Kamandi (and maybe OMAC), but the Guardians of the Galaxy had something those others didn't, they didn't have a regular comic series. There was nothing like not having a regular diet of something to fuel the hunger for more.
These stories created a future history for the Marvel Universe that loosely tied together the cybernetic n
Bob Wolniak
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Important backstory to the team including its original appearances and unique cast of characters which is not the same as today's movies (except Yondu). I bought this volume because it included the Defenders #26-29 Baddon revolution story I remembered so well from childhood. Most of the early stories were about how each member is the last of their race from human colonies on other planets banded together to fight the galaxy-spanning Badoon empire. The later stories introduce Nikki and give more ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Gary lent me this book. Hey comics! Probably the star of the show is Milgrom, whose penciling is above average for era, and Gerber occasionally strives for high space opera. Otherwise a fairly typical specimen of the era, largely patterned on the familiar Fantastic 4 tropes: Vance Astro as the id (a 1000-year-old man at the emotional level of a 12-year-old); Charlie-27 as the ego (hey, look, muscles!); and Martinex as the superego (can't we be rational about this?). And look, there's a girl or t ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Some parts were really good but for the most part, I was just really confused. I actually didnt know the original guardians and disliked the majority of them. I dont generally like when a story tells you to care about someone and doesnt give you a reason. That being said, I liked when they teamed up with other known teams or stuck to a main storyline. The worst parts were when they veered off on random adventures with no real reason to be doing so and not giving the reader a reason to care about ...more
I kept waiting for the Guardians to show up. I did not know this was the original Guardians comic so I was disappointed when none of the characters I enjoy were in them. Also, Xandu the one character I did recognize, was really a racist charicature of himself.
Adam Graham
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This book collects the early appearances of the original Guardians of the Galaxy Team that feature Major Vance Astro from Earth, Charlie-27 from Jupiter, Yondu from Centauri IV and Martinex, the Crystal Man from Pluto. Later Starhawk and Nikki, a Mercurian Girl were added later. The book features the Guardian's pilot story in 1969's Marvel Superheroes #18, their Guest Appearance with the Thing and Captain America in Marvel Two-in-One #4 and 5 and with the Defenders in Giant Sized Defenders #5 an ...more
Nathan Dehoff
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm sure I'm not the only one who was introduced to the Guardians of the Galaxy through the movie, but they actually had a different line-up before that. That is, the comics came out before, but took place after, as this team primarily operated in the thirty-first century. This is a time when the galaxy has been conquered by lizard-people known as the Badoon, and they've wiped out Earth's colonies on the other planets in our solar system. The Guardians consisted of Vance Astro, a twentieth-centu ...more
Mike Clooney
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
This volume reprints the Guardians' mid-1970s series in its entirety, as well as all of their prior appearances. It's steeply priced for a moderate-length paperback at 40 bucks, and there's a second volume which reprints the remainder of the Guardians' Bronze Age appearances at the same price. These two volumes could easily have been combined into one $20.00 black-and-white Essentials book. I don't know that there's much of an audience for high-end color reprints of these mostly-mediocre yarns.

This is a fun if somewhat corny book. Corny, mostly because it is so dated. It was a huge mistake of having a character from the 70's/80's era in the far future as a member of the team. This original version of the team has several members, most are post human inhabitants of other planets in our solar system. While it is fun imagining what these people would be like, it really makes the invasion look implausible. These few guys that are so tough are the exact genetic makeup of everyone else on t ...more
Jason Luna
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The clearest appeal of this book is the artwork. Art from Sal Buscema and Al Milgrom, with bright coloring on top of it, makes the stories largely set in space and with people shooting power beams very appealing to look at.

And the stories themselves are very interesting. The stories of the Guardians are able to build a lot of suspense. For one thing, the Guardians are trying to save the world from worldwide subjugation in the 30th century. And then a lot of stories involve flying a spaceship acr
Blake Petit
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The earliest tales of the original Guardians of the Galaxy are still a fun read. Superhero stories set in the far future incorporate tons of sci-fi and space opera tropes: the man frozen in time, new strains of humanity evolving super powers based on what planet they're on, an alien invasion force and, of course via time-travel, appearances by the likes of Captain America, the Thing, and the Defenders. The early Guardians stories do go a bit further, with innovative ideas like the bizarre relati ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This was the first thing that I can recall reading by Steve Gerber. He seems to have written number of weird superhero comics in the 70s. The Guardians of the Galaxy were one of his many creations. There were heroes from the 30th century, but really there didn't seem to be anything that marked them as being from another millenium. The one exception is that there each were from different genetically altered human species. The storytelling of Gerber, or perhaps of the 70s seems less complex or dev ...more
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I thought this would be the new take on the Guardians of the Galaxy when I first got it on interlibrary loan. It turned out to be the original appearances explaining how the group got to together and letting us get to know it's original members and where they came from. I liked the book. I know to some people it probably comes off as cheesy but I kind of like the light straightforward story sometimes so it totally worked for me. Although I thought of this as a superhero book when I first got it ...more
Mike McDevitt
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Moments of creativity in this text-dense downbeat seventies SF tale. The story of a handful of PTSD space adventurers, each of whom is the "last" of his people, fighting to free a post-apocalyptic Earth from the enslavement of the space-lizard Badoons.

I can only assume, like Solaris, that the tedium could be relived by ingesting seventies-era chemicals. Which, in fairness, I do not recommend.

Try DC's Legion of Super-Heroes instead. Or the modern group (in name only) Guardians of the Galaxy.
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I love the first story in here that introduces the original Guardians, but the later stories are just paint by numbers and I found them less than interesting. Forcing the Guardians into the past to join the modern ,Marvel universe was a bad idea, and I found the starhawk storyline totally convoluted and uninteresting. A curiosity at best.
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Storie oramai fuori tempo, dove quel folle di Steve Gerber tentò la stessa operazione di critica sociale che gli riuscì decisamente meglio con Man-Thing. Hanno un valore prettamente accademico, e se siete vecchi abbastanza, magari nostalgico.
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
Don't be fooled - this has nothing to do with the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie - but it was still a good romp through '70s Marvel comics.
Samantha Ivy (SundressSecrets)
Mar 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
it's nothing offensive. it's just that I'm truly not interested. if anyone else enjoyed this, that's great. again, not something I'm interested in.
Feb 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Decent space romp that suffers heavily from racism; every time Yondu is first brought up in a collected issue, he is described as a '[noble] savage'.
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Old-timey comic book fun.
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Steve Gerber graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in communications and took a job in advertising. To keep himself sane, he wrote bizarre short stories such as "Elves Against Hitler," "Conversion in a Terminal Subway," and "...And the Birds Hummed Dirges!" He noticed acquaintance Roy Thomas working at Marvel, and Thomas sent him Marvel's standard writing test, dialoguing Daredev ...more

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