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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (2020) Review

Writer: Al Ewing

Artist: Juann Cabal

Colorist: Federico Blee

Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

Cover: Juann Cabal & Dean White

The galaxy needs a savior. Following a series of harrowing events in Marvel’s Incoming and Annihilation: Scourge, Richard Rider a.k.a. Nova has fallen on desperate times. The Olympians have returned from beyond the grave and Nova is struggling to put together a coalition to stop them. But are the Guardians of the Galaxy willing to sacrifice their newfound peace to come to his aid?

Writer Al Ewing spins a desperate tale of responsibility versus personal desire as he probes the inner workings of Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon. The other Guardians are present, but this is primarily a Quill/Rocket story. The result is a tense and satisfying introduction to a new era for the Guardians, complete with new faces and some surprising additions.

Juan Cabal delivers some sharp art that brings the operatic nature of the book to thrilling life. His face work is solid, perfectly capturing all the emotion and depth of the story’s characters. The space battles in particular are impressively rendered, giving the book an appropriately cosmic feel. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to the series, Guardians of the Galaxy #1 delivers.

Review by Harrison Stewart