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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers

(Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) (Collected Editions) #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  12,647 ratings  ·  796 reviews
There’s a new rule in the galaxy: No one touches Earth!

But why has Earth suddenly become the most important planet in the galaxy? That’s what the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to find out!

Join Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and--wait for it--the Invincible Iron Man as they embark upon one of the most explosive and eye-opening chapters of Marvel NOW! T
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Marvel Now! (The Walt Disney Company) (first published August 28th 2013)
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I felt the need to edit this and add in a picture of Peter's floppy hair because a friend of mine pointed out that it was the only reason I was into this comic.
He may be right.


I absolutely loved this!
I've read a little about these characters, but this was the first time I've ever really gotten excited about them as a group.
It's a big fun story that gave me exactly what I wanted from it. It's not an origin story per se, but it does give you an overview of who these characters are, and where the
Guardians of the Galaxy, hmm, what’s not to like.

Review tomorrow, it’s only a day away 😊

Despite reading a few Marvel and DC comics in the early 1970s, mostly Superman and Batman if my memory serves me correctly, I have never really been a big follower of any of the "Universes". That is until Guardians of the Galaxy came along in Film format. That coupled with my sudden liking for all things Avengers ( that's Marvel, not John Steed (you have to be English to understand the reference) ) meant tha
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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This review brought to you courtesy of Supernerd’s my son’s and my ginormous Pop Vinyl collections. (It may also serve as Exhibit A when he asks why we don’t have any money for him to attend college.) If you don’t like reviews that contain a massive amount of images, well . . . .

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In case you don’t already know, I’m a comic book newbie. In fact, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers was my first foray into any superhero storyline.
Gianfranco Mancini

Storyline: ☆☆☆½
Artworks: ☆☆☆☆½

Not bad at all, Tony is a great add to the Guardians' rooster and All-Mother Freya's answer about her position to the galaxy empires assh@le$ rulers was just priceless!

Far better than I used to remember.
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, comics, superhero, marvel
Marvel decided to re-launch a book that ties into their latest movie offering and it just so happens to guest-star their most popular film character?


Several decades of the highs and lows of being a comic fan have given me a thick enough skin to try and look past the stunt murders and #1 issues and shoehorning popular characters into stories they got no business in to see if anyone bothered doing something worth reading. It is, and it’s a book I’d be interested in seeing more of even if
Just ok for me. Hope to enjoy the next one more.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
I would think that when a guy like Tony Stark would take a vacation, it would be with a bunch of strippers and a closet full of booze (and maybe Viagra, Tony’s old, the pulse bolts just don’t work like they used to*). Instead he drifts off into space and encounters the Guardians of the Galaxy. Violent interstellar hijinks ensue.

Star Lord’s backstory here is somewhat different than the movie. Also, Rocket Raccoon has more of an edge (He really likes to shoot people. Bonus!); this is fine. For fan
After Star Lord's father J'son of Spartax and a Intergalactic Alliance made a rule for everyone to stay away from Earth, the Earth is attacked. The Guardians come to protect Earth and get some help from Iron Man.

So I like to laugh as much as anyone, but I feel like there is a limit to how much laughter there should be during serious events. In my first experience with Guardians of the Galaxy, in their film, they crossed the threshold because of this:
This volume crosses the line for me too. Rathe
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
''I am Groot.''

It's Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course it was awesome as hell.
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the heels of a new movie in 2014, Marvel relaunched Guardians of the Galaxy with its best writer at the helm and ably supported by some of its best artistic talent. I would have been more excited for this but I really miss the Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning version of this team of space-faring heroes.

Bendis is doing a great job on Guardians of the Galaxy, making the series Star-Lord centric for this arc. Bendis gives Peter Quill a definitive origin and daddy issues. This trade also have spotligh
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I am a Bendis fan and have always enjoyed the Guardians of the Galaxy. So i was pleased to see Bendis penning this GOG tale.

Peter Quill's dad, King J'Son of Spartaax, along with the heads of the Kree, Shi'ar and a few other galactic empires have come togteher with a "hands off policy" towards Earth. Earth is now a "no-go" planet. Obviously the GOG isn't too pleased with this. Joined by Iron Man they go on a fun filled rampage against the allied forces.

With good artwork, a fun and action packed s
On one hand, I like the cosmic setting, and the cast is a good one. Granted, I know next to nothing about all of them, but from what I've seen here, they work as a group. And this collection did get me even more interested in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. On the other hand, it doesn't feel like much happens here. That may be because this collection only has three regular issues of the series. The other two included are #0.1, Star-Lord's origin, and an online-first anthology that sh ...more
Kickass fight scenes, clever repartee and fun loose art. These are the comics of my people - Shallow Comics Readers unite!

God help me, when I heard Bendis was taking on Guardians of the Galaxy I was sad for him. Couldn't imagine what he saw in the obscure, tedious space opera crap from Marvel - maybe he'd pissed of Axel and this was his punishment? How wrong I was - I can admit it, man enough that I am (especially in the Internet, where I don't have to look anyone in the eyes while I say it).

Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel
As some of you may know, I found this run of Guardians of the Galaxy to be a disappointing one. 'Good banter, bland stories' sums it up best and I gave up on the stagnant series following the Black Vortex tie-ins. Still, it was nice to leave the series behind by revisiting my favourite volume and remembering that Guardians had potential when it started.

It helps that Cosmic Avengers features the best artwork of the entire run, Steve McNiven, Justin Ponsor and colourist John Dell delivering a trea
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Tony Stark: "They destroyed my Armour suit"
Rocket Raccoon: "Did they destroy your man-parts as well?"
TS: "No."
RR: "Well then take this (a gigantic gun) point it at anyone who's not one of us and kill them."

This exchange alone earned this book a positive review, even if the rest of it sucked. However, it didn't suck.

I really enjoyed this; knowing almost nothing about this title/team. I know I like Bendis, and so I gave this a shot. Adding Iron Man seems like the ploy to get more mainstream reader
My first Marvel ever. So there's that.

What we have here is classic space adventure: spaceships, aliens, baddies, explosions. The world is ending, and only this ragtag team can save it from destruction. Enter Star-Lord, who always dreamt of going to space as a kid. One day his dreams come true and he goes to space. But be careful what you wish for. When he discovers who's behind the evil plot, he realizes being a space hero is no easy feat.

It started off well, hooked me with Peter's interesting i
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
[UPDATE: Saw the movie. LOVED it. It does everything this comic doesn't, with all sorts of added feels.]

Prior to the announcement of the movie, I did not even know the Guardians of the Galaxy existed, but the previews have been amusing enough to pique my interest. Too bad the source material isn't nearly as impressive.

Volume one serves as an introduction to Marvel's "cosmic Avengers," opening with the crash landing of an alien vessel in the backyard of a lovely young lady, who nurses the occupan
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nyone planning on seeing the movie
Shelves: graphic-novels
I was in Vault of Midnight, a really cool comic book store in Ann Arbor, and wanted to pick up something to read on my flight home. I couldn't find anything that struck my fancy and the guy behind the counter suggested this. I had just read Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 1: Legacy, but said to hell with it, if I can't continue that last iteration of the series, I may as well check out the newest Marvel NOW iteration.

Now don't get the wrong idea by my middle-of-the-road rating -- the series starts
This week's theme for the Shallow Comic Readers is, well, pot luck!


Well, this was a let down. Nowhere near as good as the Abnett/Lanning first volume. Rather bland characterizations, Rocket Raccoon running around proudly "murdering" alien bad guys, a humorless Gamora, a handsome but still born Peter Quill...bleh. Then the individual tales of each of the Guardians at the end literally put me to sleep. LITERALLY. I fell asleep reading them, at least twice, maybe three times.

The art is pretty, tho
Jesse A
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a big fan of this one.

Reread: Let's give this another go.

After a reread of this one I have to say I think I was wrong. I expected something different because I read this so soon after seeing the movie. But this title has a solid beginning. 3.5 stars rounded up.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This was fun! I'd like to continue the series too one day.

3.5 stars.
Sam Quixote
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong start for a fresh new take on a largely unknown series. Bendis makes the characters accessible to a new audience in preparation for the forthcoming movie and McNiven's art is as awesome as ever. Read the full review here! ...more
Hmm. I wanted more from this. I'm excited about the upcoming film, because it's Marvel and they reliably entertain me (unpopular opinion: I kinda enjoyed Fantastic Four, even after everyone I know dissed it? Might have helped I watched it on my computer at 2x speed). But I'd never heard of Guardians of the Galaxy before the marketing for the film started, and I don't know much about it.

In a way, this does feel like it tries to be an introductory volume, with little bits talking about some of the
Kaethe Douglas
We celebrated the last day of summer by lying around on the sofa and reading; mostly graphic novels. We saw the Guardians of the Galaxy movie last weekend, and the girls especially loved it. So, this is not that story. Same characters, different backstories, different costumes, totally different focus for the plot. I actually much preferred this backstory for Quill, because he had to work to get himself off earth, including joining NASA. Less loveable rogue cliche, more competent pilot. Gamora's ...more
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My legit nerdfriends all recommend the previous incarnation of Guardians Of The Galaxy as the version that's legit, and I will argue that in that incarnation, Star-Lord has a cooler mask. But otherwise that version felt kind of dated, and trying-to-be-funny rather than funny-funny, and the art was kind of butt and oldschool.

So even though I'm pretty sure this new version is the version for sellout n00bs, I think it's aces. Star-Lord's mask is lamesauce, for sure -- but the book is actually funn
Sumit Singla
This should get 5 stars just for Rocket Raccoon showing major badassery to Tony Stark, and in general as well.

There are some issues with the story not quite being smooth, but I loved the panels featuring Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Gamora. (That's probably the bulk of the book anyway)

Gotta read the rest of the volumes before re-watching the first movie, and watching the second.
Gary Butler
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
46th book read in 2017.

Number 142 out of 611 on my all time book list.
-`ˏ maci ˎ´˗
I'm so confused, but I'm Guardians of the Galaxy trash... so whatever.. \_(•_•)_/ ...more
Guardians of the Galaxy has basically been produced to introduce people to these characters ahead of it's film release, as they are pretty obscure even by comic book standards.

The book does a pretty good job of introducing the main characters and giving them origins or back-stories. There's Star Lord, whose father was a prince of a galactic empire who crash-landed on Earth, and in typical fashion knocked up a teenage girl before disappearing and leaving her to look after the baby. There's Drax
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
So, I read his for the StarkQuill interaction and surprisingly, there wasn't that much of it.

Tony's floating around space because things on earth aren't going well. This was during Gillen's run which has a terrible reputation. He runs into the Badoon army who are trying to invade earth or destroy it? Not sure which. The Guardians show up and save Tony.

The rest of the book is them trying to find out why earth is being attacked and trying to stop that.

The story is interesting for the most part.
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

Though he started as a writer and artist of independent noir fiction series, he shot

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