Issue by Issue – Guardians 3000 #1

Writer – Dan Abnett
Artist – Gerardo Sandoval
Colours – Edgar Delgado
Letters – Clayton Cowles

Something weird is going on and Geena eventually realizes it, but just what that is, she cannot quite place and it bothers her. She finds herself in a pitched battle with the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy and soon each one of them begins to fall until she is the last one. She awakens as if from a dream, upset that there was nothing she could do about it, and it is then that she knows exactly what they must do to avoid that particular fate. Dan Abnett returns to the future and to a playground he is most familiar with and brings the original Guardians of the Galaxy back with him. Vance Astro, Charlie 27, Starhawk, Martinex and Yondu made their way back to the stands with this series and so is their eternal war with the Badoon, which might be just that as it turns out. Most kids these days might not know who this team is, but for those in the know whether from old Avengers books or Jim Valentino’s run in the ’90s, however, it is they came across them, it is exciting to see the team get a few new adventures under their belt as it had been so long since that last happened. Abnett’s first tale is jam-packed and full of action with the heroes battling for their lives against overwhelming odds. With the team having been in that same situation many times previously, as a reader, one would not want to see it any other way and as such the action and the pace builds as the issue moves forward, Abnett and artist Gerardo Sandoval giving it their very best. Sandoval’s artwork is quite thrilling to look at with some excellent energy present in his lines and adds to the rocket-fueled story in this first issue. There is a lot to love in these pages and it is really good to see these heroes in action again, doing what they do best and Abnett is the perfect person to give them a voice in this new era. If that were not enough, Abnett leaves the book off on a huge cliffhanger and with a bit of a mystery thrown in for good measure, ensuring that readers will tune in for more, not that there was any doubt.

4.5 out of 5

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