Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Valerio Schiti
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 14, 2015

The team dynamic has changed, but the fun remains as Bendis and Schiti kick off a new volume of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Much of this issue is spent showing the team dynamic and giving readers a jump on point to this team if they’ve never read this crew before. While some may find the pace slow, after the long absence of the team through Secret Wars, I found myself welcoming their banter as they carved through Chitauri forces. The plot of this arc has yet to be fully revealed and this issue moves in a rather linear fashion until the final pages, but that doesn’t make this a boring comic in any way. Bendis is a master of dialogue and he can go places with this Guardians team that he couldn’t/didn’t with the Avengers and X-Men, and that is using the wild cannon Rocket Raccoon to deliver some constant great lines. Rocket and new team member Ben Grimm give this team a lot of life and I already really like Kitty as the new Star-Lord. She makes a big impact in this issue and I applaud Bendis putting her at the head of the team. The ever present spirit of this team being a bunch of maniacs drawn together by fate to save the galaxy despite themselves at times is still present and I really like Bendis’ work with this team.

Bendis’ words are easy to read and enjoy when there is top flight artwork like this to feast one’s eyes upon, as well. Valerio Schiti is a beast, y’all. He’s a penciling beast who devours challenges that are put in front of him. This is a good lookin’ comic book and Schiti excels at whatever the story needs. Big cosmic action? Easy. Humorous “around the table on the ship” conversational moments? Piece of cake. Helluva big conclusion to have readers craving the next issue? Done and freakin’ done. Schiti is one of the best pencilers Marvel has, and you can’t go wrong picking up a book with his name on the cover.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 is a nice ease back into the lands of Marvel cosmic post-Secret Wars and I really like the roster changes that have been made thus far. Bendis and Schiti are a top flight creative team and the Guardians are in good hands to say the least.

The Verdict: 8.0/10


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