With the recently release of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 trailer, it seemed like a good time to feature that same team here. Or at least, a team of the same name. There are some big difference between the film and comic versions of the Guardians… but the difference is part of what makes them interesting.
Looking at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers, the trade collects the zero issue along with #1 – #3 plus Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Avengers #1 from the Marvel Now line started in 2013. The Earth as become the most important planet in the galaxy and the Guardians must protect it. The team consists of Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Drax, and the Invincible Iron Man. Yes, Tony Stark to a sabbatical from Earth to hang out with a team of cosmic Avengers. And unlike with the Avengers where Tony is a genius on the cutting edge of technology… here he is just a guy in a suit who doesn't know the technology around him. He seems to be taking a vacation from being the smartest guy in the room.
The Marvel Now books were created to be a good jumping in point and it is just that for anyone trying to go from the films to the comics. It starts out with an extended version of Peter Quill's origin and shows us who his father is… and don't worry, its not the same as in the upcoming film so everyone should be surprised. Here his father is J'son of Spartax who decides to leave the Earth unguarded and announces it to the galaxy.
The book isn't to heavy on drama, more of a building block for the on-going series. It's fill with action and humor, taking the time to introduce and showcase each of the members of the team. The stories are written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Steve McNiven and Sara Pichelli with short stories drawn by Yves Bigerel, Michael Del Mundo, Michael Avon Oeming and Ming Doyle.
This would be a good gift for fans of the Marvel films, especially Guardians of the Galaxy. It would also be a good gift for Star Wars fans. I think there is some similar feeling to the two series. Star-Lord is a bit Han Solo with a dash of Luke Skywalker. Gamora is Rey with Princess Leia's attitude. Groot is a bit like Chewbacca. Rocket and Drax… are really unique and fun. And who doesn't want to read about a talking raccoon with a world destroying arsenal?