This summer's most out-of-this-world movie
is here. Are you
The Guardians of the Galaxy
are a rag-tag group of outcasts, rebels, outlaws, and criminals. They are also, more often than not, the very last hope that the galaxy
has (hence their only-somewhat tongue-in-cheek name). They are also probably the least-widely-known of Marvel's heroes
to have hit the big screen
so far. Do you
know who they are?
First created in 1969
, the team originally included Vance Astro
, an Earth astronaut; Charlie-27, a soldier from Jupiter; Martinex T'Naga
, a crystal alien from Pluto; and Yondu Udonta
, from Centauri-IV. They were forced to unite against the alien threat of the Badoon
, who were attempting to conquer the Earth. Starhawk
joined them on their trip back through time where they met Captain America
and several other 20th-Century heroes. The Guardians
fought the Badoon
, and their creator Korvac
, up and down the timestream. Time travel figured prominently in later Guardians
stories, including an arc where the team itself altered with each "reboot" as Starhawk
kept trying to save the future by changing the past.
While few of the original team have been seen in action lately, you can easily find their older adventures in reprint, including both the Tomorrow's Avengers
and the Guardians by Jim Valentino
, a new team of heroes took on the mantle of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The membership of this new incarnation consisted of Peter Quill
, the half-alien Star-Lord
; Rocket Raccoon
, a sharp-shooting furry malcontent; Quasar
, artificial daughter of Captain Mar-Vell; Adam Warlock
, an oft-tormented messiah; Gamora
, the deadliest woman in the universe; Drax the Destroyer
, created to destroy Thanos
; and Groot
, who is...well, who is Groot.
This team of Guardians
originally fought together against the vicious galaxy-spanning threat of the Annihilation Wave
, along with several other allies; after the invasion, Star-Lord
formed the team to be a pro-active force dedicated to protecting the galaxy before
it was endangered. The team collapses and re-forms more than once, over the course of their efforts to save the galaxy from its biggest threats, and several members even fall in battle -- or at least seem to! The trials of Marvel's cosmic heroes
were truly legendary, playing-out over a scale even larger than the Avengers
themselves are accustomed to!
Eventually the Guardians of the Galaxy
rebooted under Marvel's NOW initiative
, creating the team we have today, and the one we find in the current movie. They are eventually joined by Venom
and Captain Marvel
(and even Iron Man
, briefly!), and together they continue to protect the galaxy -- whether it wants them to or not!
Most of the modern adventures of the Guardians of the Galaxy
can be found in collection, both in the Annihilation Classic
volume re-printing some of their first appearances, and the massive Annihilation Omnibus that retells most of that brutal universe-shaking invasion
-- one of my favorite comic book arcs, incidentally!
The newest team's adventures have already reached their fourth story-arc, soon to be collected in Guardians of the Galaxy: Disassembled
. That joins the first three volumes: Cosmic Avengers
, and The Trial of Jean Grey
-- all great stories on their own, but even better together as a series! The Guardians
also had a starring role in the first volume of the Avengers Assemble
series; a book that incorporated the line-up from the Avengers
movie into comic book continuity, and is thus a perfect starting point for
someone wanting to make the transition from film to book! Another great way to dive-in would be with the Guargians of the Galaxy Movie Prelude
, a short volume that sets-up the story in the film.
Whether you want to take a crash-course
on our space-faring
heroes before you see the movie so you can impress your friends with
your advanced knowledge, or you've already seen it and are eager to
learn more about the Guardians
-- you won't be disappointed by their off-the-screen adventures! Come in and grab a copy off the shelf today (and if we've sold out in the sudden rush, don't hesitate to have us order you whatever we're missing!) and introduce yourself to the Guardians of the Galaxy
-- past, present, and future!
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