Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Writer: Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing Artist: Kev Walker Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 12, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 56
8.2Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

One year ago, the Guardians of the Galaxy were destroyed. Their optimistic future shattered by the betrayal of one of their own. Now they ride the space lanes of a lawless corner of the galaxy, trying to outrun their tragedy. Can they rediscover their heroism and humanity on the bleakest frontier? Can they forgive the failures of their past? Or will they fade into the dark, eternally unforgiven? Writers JACKSON LANZING and COLLIN KELLY (CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY) team up with artist KEV WALKER (PREDATOR) for a Guardians story like no other!
Rated T+

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Apr 12, 2023

    Guardians of the Galaxy #1 is a great new start for the team. Read Full Review

  • 10
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith May 5, 2023

    Guardians of the Galaxy #1 is the perfect entry point for fans of the comics and film to jump into the action along with the heroes. If you’re looking for roughneck heroes with hearts of gold doing what they do best, search no further. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Apr 14, 2023

    ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy' #1 kicks off the space team's latest volume in dusty action-packed western fashion, throwing the characters into a chaotic space full of questions and few answers. Various inspirations are quite clear as this creative team does a solid job of doing something familiar but also new with these characters that have enjoyed a bit of rejuvenation and reinvention numerous times over the last decade or so. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Jenna Anderson Apr 12, 2023

    This series is the kind of reinvention that proves that, no matter how famous the Guardians get, they still remain gleefully unpredictable. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 9, 2023

    Guardians of the Galaxy #1 proves this creative team understands the team and knows there's a hard road to bring them some piece. They're not in the best place, possibly because of what's going on with Groot, and while they're not necessarily each other's best friend, they're in it for the long haul to save as many people as possible. Throw in a Western vibe, and Guardians of the Galaxy #1 works on many levels bringing the sci-fi wham-pow only comics can achieve. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo Mar 9, 2023

    Overall, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 is a must-buy in my book. I need to know what happened to Groot and Rocket Racoon! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Tyler Davis Apr 12, 2023

    With the introduction of Grootfall that only raises more questions and a new, hard-boiled tone, I've never been more interested in what was going to happen next for the Guardians of the Galaxy. This is also a good jumping on point, so check it out if space-westerns are your thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 10, 2023

    What is Grootfall? What happened to the Guardians? Guardians of the Galaxy #1 teases a lot but answers little, instead focusing on a wild ride of an adventure that hits the right beats and becomes a cinematic wild ride once things really get going. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 15, 2023

    The first issue of this new relaunch is fun, at least, with great writing and art. But the desire to make everybody cowboys this time isn't that strong of a gimmick. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 25, 2023

    4 Razors, Guardians of the Galaxy, Science Fiction Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Apr 12, 2023

    Guardians of the Galaxy #1 picks up in the middle of an odd adventure with a mystery twist that shows promise. The art is excellent, and the predicament of a particular Guardians member is intriguing, but it's too soon to tell if the journey is worth the cover price. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Apr 12, 2023

    The "good guy breaks bad plot is nothing new, especially not in superhero media, but there's enough novelty to the fact that it's Groot apparently going bad that leaves room for curiosity and interest. That, plus the space Western aesthetic Walker really gets to lean into with his art, makes Guardians of the Galaxy #1 a solid opening for what will hopefully be another worthwhile and esoteric take with these characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - StoryBabbler Apr 12, 2023

    Final Thoughts:Guardians of the Galaxy #1 brings us a new journey with the Guardians. Here, the creative team really leans into the space spaghetti western direction as implied by the cover in various ways. For now, the comic all but ignores what came before in previous series, so fans of the previous Guardians of the Galaxy run by Al Ewing might feel some whiplash here. It's also clear that the comic is trying to go for some synergy with the MCU with the depictions of Nebula and Mantis in particular, which might throw some fans off considering their recent history in the last two runs. The action and art from Kev Walker does work well for the space western story told here. Overall, not a bad comic but time will tell if it's a good start to this new Guardians of the Galaxy run. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Apr 13, 2023

    Lanzing, Kelly, and company have plenty of time to bring the series into focus. A cowboy-heavy space western set in the Marvel Universe has plenty of potential. It just needs to find the right direction. The first issue is not without considerable visceral impact. Everything seems to be moving in the right direction. It just doesnt seem to have found the right direction by the end of the first issue. This isnt a great sign. The ensemble is good, though. The setting is interesting. The basic elements need to come together a bit more to really gain speed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 14, 2023

    The reveal of what has happened to the Guardians in their missing year is shocking, though more so for some ex-heroes than others. It's also a strong first issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Apr 14, 2023

    A good start to a new run, raising a lot of questions that will keep us coming back for more and brings a lot of excitement, although there are a few small hiccups here and there. Read Full Review

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