Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Review

by Harlan Ivester on January 24, 2019

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Geoff Shaw
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Publisher: Marvel Comics

            A part of me is thinking, really, we couldn’t just let Thanos stay dead for more than a couple months? And another part is wondering how many people actually read, much less liked Infinity War. So Thanos may be back soon. At least Donny Cates sets up his return in an interesting way. He writes Thanos better than anyone else in this book, so his return would overall be a net gain. I think many people will find it weird how many heroes are just cool with killing people over a possibility, or how Daredevil is on the list of Thanos 2.0 surrogates next to Odin. Perhaps this title’s strongest asset is its timing. It’s not bogged down by some editiorial demand for movie synergy, and that’s given us a unique new roster featuring Groot in his punk phase.

            Geoff Shaw’s art feels rushed in some panels, probably due to the large number of distinct characters throughout. But rough sketches would generally be considered more acceptable in panels featuring many people, whereas here, they’re often in simple, consolidated ones. At worst, it’s okay, though, so overall I think he’s a great presence in the book. I hope now that the gathering of heroes is over, he won’t be rushed. I’m also holding out for some more interesting color palettes. Marte Gracia keeps things pretty safe when the setting of outer space could easily make for some much more diverse visuals. I’d kill to have Matt Wilson on here.

            This issue didn’t quite suck me in like other Cates number ones have, but it scratches the itch for cosmic Marvel that’s been absent or rather mediocre since Duggan’s Guardians ended. There are nitpicks to be had but the plot has clear potential. It’s not all it could be presumably due to some deadlines and uninteresting shading, but the art serves the story well enough and might improve in turn.

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