Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Valerio Schiti Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 14, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 16
7.0Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

THE RACCOON'S IN CHARGE!Peter Quill has abandoned the Guardians and his role as Star-Lord to be Emperor of the Spartax. Rocket didn't wait a single minute to take the reins and become team leader of Drax, Venom, Groot, Kitty Pryde (A.K.A. Star-Lady ?!?!) and new Guardian BEN GRIMM, the everloving THING!

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 15, 2015

    This issue makes for a fun read as it reacquaints fans with the team eight months after Secret Wars. Ben Grimm makes for a fitting addition to the team, though it's really Kitty Pryde as the new Star-Lord (Star-Lady?) and Peter Quill as the horribly bored new ruler of Spartax that give this issue its drive. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 15, 2015

    I've wanted to get back into the Guardians of the Galaxy book for an age, though I've hesitated because it's not "my" Guardians. But the allure of Kitty Pryde has drawn me back and there's a lot to like here. Bendis hits the characters right with a kind of camaraderie and humor that's solid and Valerio Schiti has a really fun style about this that just completely clicks, from the expressions on Kitty's face to how Ben looks in a space suit. With some strong background design and a look overall that's accented wonderfully by Isanove's color choices, I suspect I'll be adding a subscription to this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Tom Bacon Oct 16, 2015

    Any first issue is really judged by how effectively it sells the series. In the case of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, it sells me on a series that's going to be fun, with high-stakes and a lot of craziness. Some of the plot elements don't exactly feel original, and that's not necessarily a good thing, but for a book this fun I'm willing to suspend some of the criticism. This first issue is definitely a good pitch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 14, 2015

    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. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Inter-Comics Podcast - writingtwentytwopages Oct 15, 2015

    This is not a laser cannon to the face, this issue is more like having someone take pot shots at you with their standard issue pistol. It is not a great first issue but it's solid none the less. The creative team has a lot to do to win over audiences but they are establishing some firm ground to build upon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 16, 2015

    "Guardians of the Galaxy" #1 is less "all-new" and "all-different" and more "Guardians of the Galaxy with an all-new, all-different Star-Lord and, oh yeah, Ben Grimm's here, too." The Thing slips right into the story and gives the cast a center to revolve around. Bendis, Schiti, Isanove and Petit give readers a fair amount to pique their interests, including a fight with the Chitauri, with the promise of more to come. "Guardians of the Galaxy" #1 is the first step in this new journey, but it feels like more happens in this issue than the entire previous volume, from the subplot involving Annihilus to the last page reveal of a new threat. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Oct 19, 2015

    Brian Michael Bendis injects both humor and action in the first issue having the new team take on the Chitauri while foreshadowing bigger threats to the group in the coming months. Will I stay with this version of the team? Maybe, but he addition of a telepathic dog, a time-displaced astronaut, or the living embodiment of the Hawk God might make my decision easier. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Oct 15, 2015

    This #1 wasn't the start I was hoping for, but there are enough good elements that I'll continue to check the series out. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Oct 16, 2015

    Awkward pin-ups and pointless character arguments aside, Valerio Schiti's art can be simultaneously grotesque or adorable. His Groot is blessed with eager, expressive eyes when Kitty silently hints that they are bringing their artifact to Spartax for Peter Quill to check out, and he draws quite the disgusting alien when the Chitauri, Brood Queen, or a random dignitary trying to get Quill to “reproduce” with her. (The dialogue is 60s Star Trek alien-speak unbearable though) However, he and Isanove don't get much to illustrate as this issue is mostly arguments and MacGuffin finding with some decent Ben Grimm characterization and untapped potential as far as the enemies are concerned. Maybe, the full arc will read better in trade if the rest of the cast gets some semblance of an arc and Bendis and Schiti utilize the villains introduced to their full potential, but Guardians of the Galaxy is worth skipping for now. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Oct 15, 2015

    Kitty Pride is a wonderful new and dynamic Star-Lord, but with the immediate reintroduction of Peter Quill as the bored Spartax ruler, it seems like it is only a matter of time before those superficial changes fall back in line with a more familiar Guardians lineup. Read Full Review

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