Before 2014, most film fans, and even some comic fans would be hard pressed to talk about the Guardians of the Galaxy, let alone name any of them. But after Marvel brought them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, coupling them with a classic rock soundtrack, it was hard to find anyone who didn’t know Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
Arguably a b-list hero team (possibly even c-list), Marvel gambled on Guardians and they won, creating on-screen characters that are now beloved. But where did they come from? What are the histories of the characters? What storylines shaped them? Why was Groot exiled? Who is Star-Lord’s father? (It’s not the same as it is in the movie).
So before Vol. 2 comes along and takes over the movie theatres this summer, DK Books has released their Ultimate Guide to these cosmic outlaws, and takes us through their entire comic history.
The biggest reveal for the neophyte fan is the discovery that Star-Lord and his crew weren’t the first group to be called Guardians of the Galaxy. Well, chronologically they were within the Marvel Universe, but comic issue wise, they aren’t – it’s time travel and it’s complicated.
The guide is in-depth, taking us through all the characters, variations of the team (did you know that both Tony Stark and Kitty Pryde were members at one point?), important storylines for characters and teams, and the enemies that they have faced.
Like the DK guides before it, this book is lavishly illustrated, and filled with little known facts, as well as first appearances. An in-depth companion, we discover the original heroic team, as well as the less than noble characters that Marvel turned into big-screen icons.
Each iteration of the Guardians are reflective of the time they were written. You can see, if you’ve read the comics, an irreverent sense of humour begins to seep into the series, and the characters become closer to their cinematic counterparts.
What’s fascinating is following that growth, and the development of the series, and team – and this book takes us through it all. And it does it in DK Books fun and informative way.
It also saves you having to go all the way back to January 1969. It spares you having to work your way through all the back issues (though I’m definitely tempted to do so) And you learn of some of the stories that took place for these characters.
Before racing out to see Vol. 2 pick up DK Books’ Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy – The Ultimate Guide to the Cosmic Outlaws. Crank the Awesome Mix, flip through the pages and travel with Star-Lord, Groot, Drax, Gamora and Rocket.