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- Print Length: 328 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (8 Jan. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PSN1I7S
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #709,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Guardians of the Galaxy By Jim Valentino Vol. 1 (Guardians of the Galaxy (1990-1995)) Kindle & comiXology
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As a writer, Valentino is old school Marvel. Expository dialogues, thought ballots, naration boxes that speak to the reader and a great use of past history. And this is what is so great about this series, while it draws from Marvel history, it has very few ties to its continuity. It's fun and very creative, free to do whatever the writer feels like, even if his does write by the numbers. I found the book very enjoyable, and am anxious for the second collection. Had the art been a bit more sophisticated, I might have given it 5 stars.
Valentino does a fine job in the first issue introducing us to the heroes and bringing newer readers up to speed on their history via flashbacks. The team are on a hunt after studying a book that showcases an artifact they recognize as Captain America's shield. This brings them against the Stark, a race of technological creatures who were "inspired" by Iron Man (their tragic history narrated by the Watcher showing a chilling side to Tony Stark's technology) and gain aid from Firelord. Then, it's a conflict with super-thieves Force that leads to the discovery of the shield and its history. A one-shot sets up future storylines as the team tangles with the demonic Malevolence as Martinex undergoes a transformation. Also, the first annual is a crossover with other annuals of that year that serves as a sequel to the classic "Korvac Saga" storyline and introduces the Sorcerer Supreme of the 31st century.
Valentino is terrific with his style, far better than most other '90's artists, the action frantic and inventive in battle scenes. But he also gets the characters, Vance and Martinex balancing leadership (with Vance still feeling the pain of trapped in a suit that keeps him alive), Charlie-27 as the tough fighter, Yondu a noble warrior jarred when he discovers a member of his species still alive, the bizarre duality of Starhawk and Aleta and Nikki's feisty attitude matched by her surprising bigotry against lizard-like aliens. It's thanks to Valentino that the book feels wonderfully old-school in many ways yet still fresh takes on heroes in the future to make it shine so well. While he'd get even bigger and better plotlines down the road, this is a great start to a series that made the Guardians stars for a new generation and a prime example of how to do a revival properly.