Outcasts of the universe Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot couldn’t stand by when the universe was in danger. After a recent trip to Earth, upon which the group all but broke up, they are back together in space, where they receive an offer they can’t refuse…but they should have. In this one-shot from Marvel Comics, the Guardians of the Galaxy are stuck in a museum as the main attraction. Will they be able to escape the owner’s prison-like exhibit?
Christopher Hastings writes this issue in a very fluid manner. This is in large part due to the flawless character interaction. The Guardians all speak to each other like old friends—it’s all very informal, but really effective in showcasing not only how they work as a team, but their individual personalities.
Rocket Raccoon is concerned with the technology he’s hiding from the museum owner and how to escape. Gamora is concerned with just the same, but she mostly gives us some side commentary. Star-Lord just wants to know what the escape plan is, but he also has some interest in another prisoner. Drax is concerned with violence, weapons, revenge, and that’s about it. And as for Groot, well, he is Groot… We get a clear picture of each character’s personality through their involvement in the escape and each one’s humorous dialogue.
Edgar Salazar gives us a ton of really badass character designs for aliens from all over the galaxy. From floating eyeballs to tree-people (aside from Groot) to extinct species, Salazar shows us just what he’s capable of—and it’s a lot. We’re talking sharp teeth, claws, tentacles—the whole enchilada! A lot of them are based on the human anatomy, which Salazar has a tight grasp on. The line work is exact, varying in weight, and clean.
Andrew Crossley’s colors help a lot with the creative element of these creatures, with what I can only assume is realistic for “like, way out there in space.” We see nearly the entire color spectrum, and it looks strategic instead of muddy. It’s an impressively illustrated and colored issue that is aesthetically as interesting as the plot itself.
This is a great comic for new Guardians of the Galaxy fans, as it’s a one-shot; you don’t need to have read much of the series to know what’s going on or how the team operates. It’s a fun way to see the Guardians on just another status quo adventure. And with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the hype is all around this hilarious group of heroes. Whether you’re a diehard Guardians fan or not, you’re going to love this issue.
Written by: Christopher Hastings
Illustrated by: Edgar Salazar