Advance Review: GUARDIANS 3000 #1


Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Gerardo Sandoval
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 1, 2014

Strap in for a cosmic thrill ride, Marvel fans! Dan Abnett is back at the helm of a Guardians book and he’s bringing all the energy and fun that his film-inspiring run with the mainstream team had a few years ago!

Dan Abnett throws readers into the middle of a dire and chaotic situation in this issue, focusing on the original Guardians of the Galaxy – the team that exists in 3014AD, when the galaxy is a very different place….and not for the better. Through the action and mayhem he does an excellent job of setting up the state of the galaxy during this time, and exactly what the major issue is that is occurring in this timeline. Abnett presents the major roadblock standing before these Guardians in an interesting way that I didn’t see coming, and I applaud how he and Sandoval worked well to keep this story surprising and fresh. Abnett gives fans a lot to love in this issue and the interactions between the team members are solid gold.

This is not a book simply capitalizing on the word “Guardians” – Abnett has a legitimately entertaining team here that you are going to want to read. You thought Rocket & Groot were dynamic on a page together? Just wait until you meet Charlie-27. Abnett walks the fine balance of respecting the situation and keeping the banter light, and when times get intense….boy, do they ever. His ability to tell a joke (or a dozen) and also showcase blinding, pure rage and have both come across as completely plausible is a testament to his skill as a writer. This cast of characters is well rounded and, by Abnett’s hand, are one hell of an entertaining crew to read. Throw in one heck of a curve at the end of the issue and you’ve got yourself another strong cosmic book, Marvel.

Bringing Abnett’s words to life is Gerardo Sandoval, who’s style is the absolute perfect fit for this crew and tale. Sandoval’s art is rather stylized and has some cartoon-ish elements to it, but it fits into the Marvel Cosmic landscape like a glove. He nails the tone of Abnett’s humour and his portrayal of these characters takes every emotional and humourous beat in this comic to the next level. There is an immense amount of life and energy in these pages and Sandoval does a great job making these characters that will be new to many readers easily recognizable and gripping.

His artwork is rock solid from start to finish and I can’t wait to see more action sequences by his hand. It is obvious that he can handle the chaos that makes the Marvel Cosmic an awesome place, and I think he and Abnett have great chemistry in this first issue. Edgar Delgado’s colours amplify the best aspects of Sandoval’s artwork in this issue, giving readers the dynamic and explosive visual experience they expect from a Marvel Cosmic book. This is bright and flashy in all the best ways possible, and this art team absolutely nails it.

Guardians 3000 #1 is a must-read for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy. It is a fun comic without being a joke and features some great action sequences. If you’ve been reading Captain Marvel or Guardians of the Galaxy I recommend you pick this one up as soon as you can get your hands on it, as this is space-adventure done right. Abnett and Sandoval have kicked off something special here, you don’t want to miss Guardians 3000 #1.

The Verdict: 9.0/10



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