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Guardians of the Galaxy: New Guard, Volume 1: Emperor Quill

(Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  881 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Peter Quill has abandoned the Guardians and his role as Star-Lord to be emperor of the Spartax! Now, Rocket has grabbed the reins as team leader backed up by Drax, Venom, Groot, Kitty Pryde and brand-new Guardian Ben Grimm, the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing! But what could put the team into the crosshairs of Emperor Quill and his Imperial Guard? Another old face is back, ...more
Hardcover, Premiere, 112 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Marvel (first published April 26th 2016)
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Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was the 1st volume, right?
Because there just wasn't a whole lot of setup for the new lineup on this team. Or, at least, not enough for me.
I can see Kitty being in the mix, but what the hell was the ever-loving Thing doing floating around in space with these guys?


Anybody else think his 'space helmet' looks like a giant ring pop?
(view spoiler)

The plot?
Um, kinda bland.
World ending fights, alien baddies, Gamora kicking ass, Peter and Rocket trading barbs...
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhero, 2017, marvel
The entire galaxy is a mess. Warring empires and cosmic terrorists plague every corner. Someone has to rise above it all and fight for those who have no one to fight for them. Against their natures, a group of misanthropes and misfits came together to serve a higher cause. DRAX the DESTROYER, GAMORA, the most dangerous woman in the universe, ROCKET RACCOON, GROOT, and FLASH THOMPSON a/k/a VENOM all joined together under the leadership of PETER QUILL, STAR-LORD, to be the saviors of the ...more
Sean Gibson
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Post-Secret Wars ennui got you down? Join the club.

Its entirely possible that my pessimistic perspective on the state of the Marvel Universe in the wake of the less-than-overwhelming (dare I say underwhelming) Secret Wars fiasco is a product of being a 37-year-old man whose been reading comics for nigh on 30 years (or maybe its just the product of being a 37-year-old man reading comics); I just cant seem to get excited about anything coming out of the House That Stan Built (With a Ton of Help,
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

"I am not a fan of that war cry." - Drax the Destroyer

"It'll grow on you." - The Thing

"How is it always time to clobber?!" - Drax the Destroyer

Thank goodness for these Guardians. After a handful of dull or too-serious graphic novels in the last week here is a cheerful, lightweight adventure featuring that motley crew of galactic explorers. Not sure why, but now The Thing, Flash "Venom" Thompson, and my fav X-lady Kitty Pryde (who is co-opting Starlord's outfit, apparently) are riding
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Kitty Pride and The Thing are now part of the Guardians and Peter Quill is Emperor of Spartax. I guess this all happened off page after Secret Wars. The last Kree Accuser comes to Spartax for vengeance for the destruction of Hala. You would think this would be exciting but Bendis phones this one in. Very little of Bendis's trademark spot-on dialogue here. Let's hope there is more to the next volume.
Sam Quixote
Brian Bendis Guardians of the Galaxy mightve been relaunched with a slightly different lineup - Kitty Pryde is wearing Star-Lords clothes and Ben Grimm aka The Thing is there for no reason - but its the same repetitive bullshit storylines as before. A powerful alien wants to destroy things - Guardians gotta punch them til they stop! Then, immediately after they stop the powerful alien by out-punching them, another powerful alien appears that they have to stop with punching! I think its time ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Guardians of the Galaxy head to Spartax to see their old friend and new Emperor of Spartax Peter Quill. Trouble has come for them though
in the form of a Kree Accuser who blames the Guardians for the destruction of Hala.
If that wasn't bad enough, the Guardians made a new enemy in Peter's absence that's coming to fight them on Spartax.

First off I have to say it's absurd that Peter Quill allowed himself to be made the Emperor of Spartax. He clearly doesn't want the job, but he accepted it out
Paul E. Morph
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
There seems to be quite a bit of dislike on t'Interwebz for the new Guardians line-up. Could this be because most of these people only know the team from the movie and consider any deviation from the movie line-up to be 'wrong' somehow? Whatever the reason, you won't find me complaining about the addition of two of my all-time favourite comicbook characters (the Thing and Shadowcat) to the roster! Especially if it keeps Kitty away from the car crash that is the X-Men books at the moment. I just ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
It's a good lineup, and there's some good scenes. Adding Kitty Pryde and Ben Grimm as (apparently) permanent, full-time members of the team works a lot better than I had initially thought it would. Though in retrospect, I should have realized that Ben would fit in this group pretty nicely, and that he'd jump at the opportunity to work in space. I could really love this book, with these characters.

But the story just wasn't that great. In fact, it was way too much like Guardians of Knowhere, the
Gianfranco Mancini

It's clobberin' time... In space.

Adding The Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing to the Guardians line-up was a great idea, but Kitty seemed really out of character for me and storyline is just the same of "Guardians of Knowhere" Secret Wars tie-in.
(view spoiler)
Enemies are literally lining up to take on the Guardians.
This was a fine volume. Not spectacular but not awful.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This was a newer Guardians of the Galaxy than the one I am used too. Star Lord has become King of Spartax. The new GoG has a female Star Lord (Kitty Pryde), Drax, Rocket Racoon, Groot, Venom, and the Thing. Did someone kill the FF? Does anybody care? Not me.

I won't spoil the plot- but this was a fun read. Bendis, when at his peak, writes a very fun and exciting story. Full or dry humor and moments that make me chuckle, I truly enjoyed Bendis' Guardians. This is what the Guardians should be all
Benji Glaab
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it

Well this wasn't so bad. Fairly easy plot to follow along with some chuckles thrown in along the way( at least I thought it was funny). This is a fairly good team they have beefed up a lot since I watch the movies. I have also watched a good chunk of the animated series with my boy. Add in Venom Ben Grimm and kitty Pride looks like a good trade on paper for Star Lord

I already put vol. 2 on hold at library. There are only 4 volume total so I see it worth following up.
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, marvel
Well, that was a thing that I've read. On one hand, this volume clearly is more coherent than Bendis's infamously terrible previous Guardians run. On the other hand, there is still not much of a story at all.

The setup is weird and is left completely unexplained for some reason, Kitty Pryde is the new Star Lord. Ben Grimm is a member of the team now. Rocket is the leader. Gamora is gone somewhere. I am fine with all of these choices, but at least give us some backstory, Bendis! How did this all
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Like most comic book omnibuses, this one featured amazing artwork.

Unfortunately, it also fell into the same content pitfalls as modern compilations of this genre usually do: excessive profanity, as well as occasional crude allusions.

Not only that, but...there's too much "bonus" artwork at the end. I don't want just drawings; I want a story, too!

So, this was a step down compared to the previous two Guardians of the Galaxy omnibuses I've recently read.
Chris Lemmerman
[Read as single issues]

I think it's indicative of the quality of this story that I can't remember what happened in most of it. That's never a good sign.

From what I do remember, this volume follows up on the eight month Secret Wars gap that sees Peter as Emperor of Spartax after his father J'Son gets dethroned during the Black Vortex. Of course, that lasts about as long as anything at Marvel these days, and by the end of these five issues he's back with the Guardians doing his usual Star-Lord
Is this a DC comic? Because it clearly says Volume 1 on the cover yet we join the story already in progress. Was Bendis just warming up for his job switch?

This took me nearly two weeks to read in dribs and drabs. I kept coming back to it and reading a couple pages before sighing meh and moving on to something else. I had to push myself to finish the last chapter (issue) tonight.

Hes trying to ape the movies, but it doesnt quite work. There are a couple funny lines but it feels like a warmed-over
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this new line's like the A-Team on steroids.
Fun but not great. I will probably continue because I'm a sucker for Kitty Pride and Drax.
Tobin Elliott
I'm on a bit of a GotG kick right now. I went looking for the much-lauded Donny Cates run, but alas, it wasn't available locally, so I went back to this Bendis run.

It was a fairly straightforward story, little too much sarcasm from Bendis in his location tags, but overall, all the wit and smartassery expected from Bendis.

The art was suitably epic and clean for this story, so I had a lot of fun, overall.
Jesse A
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've long been a big fan of BMB on GOTG. The previous run was mostly fun with a slight over reliance on "guest stars". This one had some too but I guess with Secret Wars it was more forgivable. I really love Kitty Pryde and Peter Quill together.
C. Scott
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the Guardians. The addition of Kitty Pryde, Thing, and Venom has been fun - but this was even better because the whole original crew gets back together for a big battle royale. The Guardians did not disappoint.
Ivan Lex
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not a good book but I like the team and the art is awesome!
Jamie Frank
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This new volume has a lot of the same problems the previous volumes have had, the character work is sub par and the ongoing narrative is just lacking. That said I think the first four issues that focus on the battle between Hala the Accuser and the Guardians is at least pretty entertaining and gorgeously illustrated by Schiti. If I was judging this volume just on that it might rank a little higher just based on the fun factor, but then the final issue rolls in and the entire narrative completely ...more
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I love the Guardians of the Galaxy and have done since the last Vol. 1. This volume is sadly the worst of the current run.

Now I'm not complaining about the All-New, All-Different thing. Things haven't really changed that much for the Guardians. Kitty Pryde has joined the team permanently but she was popping up a lot anyway thanks to her relationship with Quill. Kitty is perhaps even more awesome in space than she is on Earth. Also joining the team is Thing from the Fantastic Four, although
Solace Winter
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have no idea what I'm hopping into here. This is my first adventure with a Guardians of the Galaxy comic that is not from Secret Wars and now I'm... I don't know. Loving it, that's for sure, so that's good!
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Still fun Guardians that all talk like Spider-Man, but maybe some of the story beats could have made a bit more sense?
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fun romp with the Gs of the G.

Though the ol' team on the verge of breaking up routine does become a lil old sometimes, ...
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Right off the bat the group dynamic pulled me in. The original characters from the movies seem to be getting back together and there are new additions to the group. I have never read any Fantastic four so it was cool to see a character from that world. Is that Venom? And how did Kitty find herself in space and engaged? How did Quill not end up with Gamora? I guess if you dont keep up with these comics all the time you cant expect to know what is going on.

It was pretty cool to see everyone
Ian Morales
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
It has been a minute since I have read anything from the Guardians of the Galaxy series. I have , however, read everything I could from writer Brian Michael Bendis. I am not sure I would have picked up this book if his name wasn't on it. While I love the Guardians crew, especially Rocket, they just haven't evolved much since they first come out in the original comics I read when I was much younger. This book, Emperor Quill, gives them a different look with the same of action and humor fans new ...more
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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 Bendiss 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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