Mind Capsules – 100th Anniversary Guardians of the Galaxy #1 and Deep Gravity #1

100th Anniversary Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Writer – Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Artist – Gustavo Duarte
Colours – Edgar Delgado

Lanning and Marz bring us a tale that is both fun and entertaining, merging versions of the Guardians both old and new to create a unique version of the team against a Galactus-sized threat – Silver Galactus!  Rocket and Groot are still along for the ride, as are Rocket’s kids, classic Drax, Iron Man, Charlie 27 and the new Star Lord, the mantle having been donned by Gamora.  On the opposite side is the eponymous Silver Galactus and his new herald, Vance Astro.  So we get battles galore, we see Asgard overgrown by the World Tree, Knowhere and Kosmo and a whole lot more.  This was an absolutely great book on all fronts from the writing to the art by Gustavo Duarte and the nice bright colours by Edgar Delgado to the big reveal at the end.  Rocket’s kids are reminiscent of Huey, Dewey, and Louie and really lighten the mood throughout the issue.  The title page is a joy to read with another great recap of events we will most likely never get to witness and at least explains who or what Silver Galactus is.  Gamora taking up the Star-Lord mantle is interesting in itself as it suggests feelings of great loyalty, or more on her part.  The book could have done without Iron Man and Charlie 27 could have gotten a bit more screen time and it is a little weird to see Drax in his classic costume again, but still a neat in a way.  Best of all, Groot is still Groot.  This is a Guardians of the Galaxy book everyone should pick up!

5 out of 5

Deep Gravity #1

Writer – Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Beckho
Artist – Fernando Baldo
Colours – Nick Filardi

Deep Gravity is a new science fiction book from Dark Horse that deals with a ship full of people on a planet similar to ours, but one where the gravity is much deeper than ours.  Because of that, people are only allowed to stay on the planet for a period of three years otherwise the effects on the human body can be quite dangerous.  Hardman and Beckho introduce the human element into the story and it is familiar territory that is visited by doing so.  We have seen communities on various alien planets before like in the new Battlestar Galactica and the recently departed Terra Nova and many other shows or movies like them.  It is not new or revolutionary in that regard, but it is done well as the writing team have built up a nice little resume between them including Planet of the Apes and Star Wars.  The premise is quite an interesting one, especially as the gravity aspect will most likely feature heavily into the book going forward, almost being a character itself.  Also adding to the unique aspect of the book is the time factor which could give endless storytelling opportunities with a cast that could always be rotating.  This was a very solid and entertaining start to Mike Richardson’s and Dark Horse’s new title.

4 out of 5

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