Issue by Issue – Guardians 3000 #5

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

Nikki has finally arrived in the book, the last member of the team to show up, though there is one slight problem which is the little fact that nobody seems to know who she is. So while one half of the team deals with Nikki, the other half along with Star-Lord tries to deal with Nova and continue their quest to see The Hunger, otherwise and formerly known as Galactus. This book continues to be a jewel of Marvel’s cosmic line both at the time of its publication and to this day, even better than its counterpart, the ‘modern-day’ Guardians of the Galaxy. It has drama, excitement, and humour and the pace rarely ever slows down, which is how the main Guardians book should have been but turned out not to be. Who would have thought that a series starring the original Guardians could be so good, yet Dan Abnett has an excellent feel for the characters and this whole ‘time is messed up’ storyline is fascinating. Also, by bringing in Star-Lord, Nova and even Galactus soon enough, he is leaving no stone unturned in making this one of the best cosmic books in Marvel’s history. Part of what makes this book so good is the incredibly energetic artwork by Gerardo Sandoval. Under his hand, it always feels like things are moving and stuff is happening and it really gives the book a sense of animation and fluidity that while present in other books, is not as effective as it is here. The interactions between Nikki and Vance are a lot of fun, as are those between Nova and Star-Lord and Abnett shows that he can do banter just as well as anyone else out there. Going into the next issue, with the promise of Galactus making an appearance, it should be fairly awesome, especially as we have no idea how or what he looks like as of yet in this time period. What readers do know so far is that his hunger still rages and that his little corner of the galaxy has been off-limits for a while, at least until now. Exciting, adventurous and a whole lot of fun, Guardians 3000 is definitely a book one should discover.

4 out of 5

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