Guardians of the Galaxy #14

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Andy Lanning, Dan Abnett Artist: Nick Bradshaw, Jason Masters, Todd Nauck, Phil Jimenez, Gerardo Sandoval Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 23, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 8
7.6Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

100th issue ANIVERSARY CELEBRATION! • 45 years in the making! It’s finally here!!! The 100th issue of Guardians of the Galaxy! (Okay it’s actually the 101st, but we had an X-Men crossover to get through! Sheesh!) • It’s an all-star celebration of the most popular super team of 2014 as cosmic captain Brian Michael Bendis welcomes Nick Bradshaw (WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN) to the team! • As the GOTG gets ready for new members VENOM and CAPTAIN MARVEL, there are unexpected dangers that promise to tear the team to its core. • Plus in this special double sized anniversary issue...two special back up stories by former GOTG writers Dan Ab more

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Apr 26, 2014

    All in all, this may very well be the best issue in this series to date. It also makes for a great jumping on point for new readers, despite be wrapped up in 100 issues of history. And on the topic of history, if you do pick this one up, take my advice and refresh your memories as to the creators of the original Guardians of the Galaxy, it will put an extra smile on your face when you reach Dan Abnetts story. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 26, 2014

    I've been enjoying this series so far, but it still needs to give us a good reason to like these characters (or even root for them to win). So far we haven't seen a lot of that - which is surprising, since characterization is Bendis' strong suit. But there's a lot of hoo-hah action, so that helps. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Apr 30, 2014

    Dan Abnett and artist Gerardo Sandoval finish the issue strong with a tale starring the “original” Guardians from the 31st century. It was a pleasure to read these characters again, and hopefully this isn't the last time we see them. Yondu, Martinex and Vance Astro are great characters that deserve some more time in the Marvel U. Hopefully this is only the beginning and Bendis can include them along with the main team. Overall this is one of the better issues in the series. It's a nice jumping on point for new readers while giving long time fans some nice surprises as well. There's been a lot of focus around Angela and the X-Men lately. Hopefully now, the Guardians will be front and center. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Apr 24, 2014

    While the more expensive price on the cover is a major pain, Marvel has made up for that with a very spectacular 100th issue. Can we please have an original Guardians series? The current state of Marvel universe is practically begging for them to show up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Apr 23, 2014

    Guardians of the Galaxy #14 provides a solid jump on point for readers looking to dive into Guardians and gives people a couple of really good shorts to add bang for the buck. Bendis has kicked off a major storyline in this issue and planted the seeds for some good ones going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Rob Thomas Apr 26, 2014

    While none of the three stories featured in this issue are any great shakes unto themselves, taken as a whole, this anniversary issue packs in a fair bit of content into its forty pages. It's also nice to see Abnett and Lanning touching on the universe of these characters they helped mold, even if they aren't working together anymore. Guardians of the Galaxy #14 also serves as a decent (albeit pricey) jumping-on point for anyone who has missed the previous year's worth of issues. Considering half of those were either Trial of Jean Grey or Infinity crossovers, new readers could pick up here and not feel like they've honestly missed that much. With the movie looming on the horizon, let's see where Bendis goes with the Guardians in Year Two. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 28, 2014

    Taking place 1,000 years in the future from the perspective of a Badoon slave, we see the original team of Guardians in action for the first time since 2009 (minus the curiously absent Nikki?) as they liberate the camp and tease the possibility of some kind of Guardians crossover in the near future. Although Vance Astro gets most of the time here, I'm happy to see Charlie-27, Martinex, Yondu, and especially Starhawk, AKA “The One Who Knows,” all included here and can't wait to see where the tease of their eventual return may lead. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Apr 25, 2014

    “Guardians of the Galaxy” #14 is a fun, if somewhat uneven, ode to the property's legacy. Each story contained in the issue is strong on its own, but fail to coalesce as a collective unit. However, fans of the both the current and previous runs on the book are sure to find something to enjoy within these pages. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Tres Dean Apr 23, 2014

    The book closes with a call back to the first team to bear the moniker of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Dan Abnett crafts a pretty run-of-the-mill but nonetheless fun tale of the original team recruiting a new member. The standout here (and perhaps the standout of the entire book) is the duo of artist Gerardo Sandoval and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg. Their work is kinetic and dynamic, especially during their ridiculously cool action sequences. These two need to be on an ongoing book as soon as possible. The short implies that this won't be the last we see of this Guardians lineup, which is great news. If their future adventures are as fun as this one, readers will be in for a treat. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Sam Hawkins Jun 4, 2014

    If you don't like paying for back-ups, this issue will hardly change your mind about them therefore. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Apr 24, 2014

    "Guardians of the Galaxy" #14 is a very expensive, mediocre issue with two shorts -- one exceptional and one exceptionally bad, but neither very relevant -- and leaves me on the fence about coming back next month. The characters are interesting, but judging on this issue alone they worked better as the guest stars in other books than as the stars of their own. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Liam Kelleher Apr 26, 2014

    A solid issue of Gaurdians, nothing earth shattering enough to warrant an anniversary Spectacular tag but a decent read all of the same. Read Full Review

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