Guardians of the Galaxy #001 – Comic Book Review
Follow Genre: Adventure, Action
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrations: Steve McNiven, John Dell, Sara Pichelli, Mark Morales
Coloring: Justin Ponsor
Publisher: Standaard Uitgeverij

Guardians of the Galaxy #001 – Comic Book Review

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Good: Iron Man joins the party, Overall plot
Bad: Not really that much going on just yet
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Peter Quill, the infamous Star-Lord, known mostly from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie has not stopped his battle against evil since the credits of the movie started rolling. This comic book series that is currently being bundled, will take place after the events of the movie, but will also present you with a little ‘origin story’ of the half-human hero. That being said, those who watched the movie will immediately notice that this introduction is slightly different from the events that were shown in the movie. Of course, we were still wondering what Iron Man was doing on the cover of this first album of Guardians of the Galaxy.


The story starts off with Peter Quill’s mother and how she harbored an alien, namely J’son, king and ruler of the entire Spartax galaxy. His ship crashed and he was injured and luckily a lovely lady was there to help him out of his dire situation. As rebuilding an entire spaceship isn’t the easiest of tasks, time went by and the unlikely duo grew closer and closer until the love-spark finally ignited the fire within and soon after Peter Quill was conceived. J’son had to return to his rightful place, as his brethren needed him to lead them, thus he decided to leave, causing Peter to grow up without a father.

Skipping forward to the future, we see Peter convincing Tony Stark to use his powers as Iron Man outside of Earth as well, which Tony seems to like. Sadly, this joyous occasion gets ruined when Peter’s father shows up, stating that no non-humans can set foot on Earth again, as we are deemed a species that is not yet ready for intergalactic contact. Peter is unwilling to obey his father’s orders, especially when a threat from outer space seems to be headed towards Earth.

Overall the flow is rather slow in this issue, as things are clearly getting ready for a grand confrontation. Of course there are certain action scenes which will definitely captivate the proper Guardians of the Galaxy feeling.

Brian Michael Bendis came up with a fun story that feels somewhat along the lines of the movie, when it comes to overall atmosphere and plot. It’s fun to see that things are properly being introduced, even to those who aren’t that familiar with the franchise yet.

Two different styles of illustrations were used in this bundle, which go quite well together, as the first style is used when Peter was still a young boy and the other one in his more adult adventures. Thanks to this it’s not that noticeable. There is a small difference in detail level, but overall everything is rather detailed, except some of the smaller panels. It’s also clear that Groot looks a lot cuter in the movie than he does in the comic book series.


Guardians of the Galaxy #001 is a fun way for fans to dig deeper into the Guardians of the Galaxy saga, albeit with some discrepancies between movie and comic book. Nonetheless, you’ll find a suspenseful buildup, as well as nice illustrations within this first issue.

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