"Through these stories you begin to see the growing number of futures that would eventually denote many different Earths and timelines.... These early stories also feature some fine work from the decade's premier writers including Chris Claremont, Gerry Conway, Len Wein, and Steve Gerber, who is never dull to read. Sal Buscema, Don Heck, and Al Milgrom are among the visual stylists in addition to [Gene] Colan, who got it all started." -- Robert Greenberger
"These two collections reflect what made Marvel so fine back in the day. The story of the Guardians unfolded over time slowly and in a meandering way, touching first one port of call then another over the years as we learned more and more about these fascinating characters. They became increasingly woven into the larger fabric that was the sprawling Marvel Universe, but in a manner which seemed natural and less contrived somehow that what we chance upon these days with persistent events dominating the flow of the storytelling." -- Rip Jagger
"To truly get the full Guardians experience, starting with their metaphorical 'season one,' you have to start here. If you're a fan of space opera or classic comic book storytelling, you'll enjoy reading these cosmic adventures from some of the medium's biggest creators." -- Brett White
"Overall, this is great space adventure of a sort that was totally unprecedented at the time. It still holds up well, and Marvel did a really good job of collecting this storyline from its several major sources." -- Shannon Appelcline
From the Back Cover
A thousand years from now, Vance Astro, Yondu, Martinex and Charlie-27 -- the Guardians of the Galaxy -- rise to retake Earth from reptilian raiders! But they're not just building on the heroism of past centuries -- they're recruiting from it! Captain America, Doctor Strange, the Thing, the Hulk and more join the star-spanning heroes in the greatest war the future ever saw! Then, as the Guardians help a planet in turmoil rebuild, threats rise from two other worlds: one of them living, the other gone mad! It's cosmic action as you like it, as the Avengers of tomorrow face their baptism of fire! Featuring the introduction of Nikki and the origin of Starhawk! Guest-starring the Silver Surfer!
COLLECTING: Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) #18, Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #4-5, Giant-Size Defenders #5, Defenders (1972) #26-29, and Marvel Presents #3-12
-- written by Arnold Drake, Steve Gerber, Chris Claremont, Gerry Conway, Scott Edleman, Roger Slifer, Len Wein and Roger Stern; and illustrated by Gene Colan, Sal Buscema, Don Heck and Al Milgrom.