If you didn’t already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix on Richmond’s South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick’s Pick this week is Guardians 3000 #2!!!
So I’m going to try to hold myself back from writing up a storm on this one because, full-disclosure, The old 80’s Guardians of the Galaxy books where some of my absolute favorites growing up! I still have a bunch of them at home with the covers all worn out! This is the modern version of most of those same characters.
The first issue takes place in the far future as the Guardians of the Galaxy of that time try to assemble a galactic council to band together, and take on the powerful war-crazed race, Brotherhood of the Badoon. The likes of the counsel include the Praetor of the Imperial Guard and Majestor of the Shi’ar Gladiator, the Kree Supreme Intelligence, Empress Anihilata of the Negative Zone, Herald Stormfront of the Old Hunger (HAS to be a Galactus reference!!!), and King Peter that era’s Starlord. They’re attacked by the Badoon and the Guardians stand their ground.
The pages of action are numerous and epic! The art is done by Gerardo Sandoval and is reminiscent of Joe Madureira (MAD!), and written by Dan Abnett who is responsible for such much of the awesome Intergalactic stories from marvel along with his partner Andy Lanning! (See Annihilation, Nova, Guardians of the galaxy, really anything involved with Marvel space stuff!) The story they tell is keyed in on a key theme throughout the Marvel Universe lately…Time is not acting right.
This book, in my opinion, is going to be key to alot of the things happening in the Marvel Universe right now, and next summer’s huge event. If you look at Spider-verse, All New X-Men, and Avengers right now, they all deal with Multiple Universes and Time Travel. Space and Time are malfunctioning in Marvel. Its been going on for decades, but Age of Ultron was the event where we discovered it was really hitting the fan!
Now characters are stuck in different parts of time, unable to return home, the mainstream 616 universe is interacting with the Ultimate 1610 universe more than ever, Avengers are trying to prevent Earths from other dimensions destroying this one and being flung across time with an Infinity Gem, every Spider-Man from every dimension is coming together to form an army, and that’s on top of more than one Spider-Man jumping around from time to time! Bottom line, Time and Space are messed up in the Marvel Universe, and I think the Guardians 3000 play a big role in what happens next.
And Why not? If you’re familiar with these original Guardians at all, then you know the deal. They were some of the first characters to jump around in time, coming back to team up with the Avengers and Defenders fighting the likes of Korvak in the 70’s and defending Avengers Mansion from a Doc Ock version of the Masters of Evil in the the 90’s. Plus their leader is 1000 years old, as Major Victory (Vance Astro) is the future version of Marvel Boy from the NEw Warriors! (Later known as Justice after joining the Avengers.
A decade ago, when Abnett and Lanning took over Guardians, Starlord, Drax, Gamora, Mantis, Adam Warlock, Rocket and Groot found a piece of ice mysteriously floating in space. In the ice was a man. That man, was Vance Astro. He proclaimed himself Major Victory of the Guardians of the Galaxy (Giving the group their name) and asked “When” he was. He then was plagued by a mad version of Starhawk who changed from Man to Woman due to a fracture in time and space.
Later in the series, time was again strained Kang battled with his older self, Immortus, with a Cosmic Cube in play. Again the Guardians came into play both the current version and an alternate twisted version featuring Kilraven and a future version of Wonderman on the roster. That run ended with Kang winning and gifting Starlord with the Cosmic Cube to use against Adam Warlock who reverted to his evil version, Magus. I know, I know this is way more than you need!
Bottom line, Guardians holds huge potential significance to the upcoming events in Marvel, and is a fun book even if you don’t keep up with the rest of the Universe! The action packed into these issues alone is more than worth the price! I highly recommend it, and going back and checking out the older books from the 90’s and early 2000’s! Here’s a bonus gallery with some of my favorite 90’s covers!
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