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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785166874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785166870
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"More cosmic goodness from Marvel, this time showcasing the "Avengers of the Future." A rag-tag teams of heroes come together to stop a powerful common foe named Badoon. The team was created by two greats: Arnold Drake (Doom Patrol) and Gene Colan (Tomb Of Dracula), who certainly know a thing or two about science fiction and fantastic tales." -- Chris Marshall 

"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

From the Back Cover

The Avengers of Tomorrow face their Baptism of Fire!
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.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Weyer on January 25, 2013
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With an upcoming feature film adaptation, Marvel is allowing newer fans to discover just what "Guardians of the Galaxy" are all about. This paperback brings together the stories from the previously released hardbacks "Earth Shall Overcome" and "The Power of Starhawk," in a much cleaner and less expensive format.

We begin with the "Marvel Super-Heroes" special issue that introduced us to the 31st century of the Marvel Universe. Humanity has spread to the stars with genetically engineered races on various planets as well as aliens. However, the system comes under attack by the lizard Badoon, who wipe out most of the offshoot races and conquer Earth. A small band of survivors are brought together: Vance Astro, an astronaut of the 20th century kept alive via a special cyrogenic suit; Martinex, a crystal being from Pluto; Charlie-27, super-strong soldier from Jupiter; and Yondu, a blue-skinned alien warrior able to control his arrows. They escape the Badoon and vow to save Earth.

Next, a two parter from "Marvel Two-in-One" where, in one of those coincidences that abound in the MU, the Thing and Captain America meet during a zoo riot and soon find a woman from the 31st century who's traveled back in time for help. Going to the future, they work with the Guardians to take back New York. Then, a multi-part tale from "The Defenders" where the Guardians come to the 20th century with the Defenders helping them out. An intriguing bit is Vance meeting his younger self in the past and telling the history of the Guardians' future (which is established as an alternate timeline).

The team then gets thier own spotlight in "Marvel Presents" as they win the war and drive off the Badoon. However, the Guardians feel out of place in a peaceful Earth so take to the stars to explore.
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I have been reading comic books for 38 years no started in the mid 70's and I read these stories back then but it has been so long I had forgotten most of the stories. Now I am not a fan of the new team that marvel is offering us today but that is ok the original Guardians have enough stuff out to keep me happy. so if you have never read the original team hay give them a try. Now you wount find a fifteen foot talking tree or a smart mouth raccoon type characters but you will find a mess of fun stories.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ER on May 17, 2013
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Marvel produced a winner and it was the Guardians of the Galaxy back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Starhawk by far was my favorite character and of course Charlie 27, Martinex, Yondu, Nikki and Vance Astro rocked. Thanks for these colorful stories and crossovers with Avengers, Defenders, Fantastic Four characters, etcetera.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Evetstx on September 13, 2013
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Not aware at the time that this title came in two volumes, I bought and read the Vol 2 first - I enjoyed it very much. Cleverly done, bringing together both the Guardians and Avengers and have them joining up in battle, taking on some mighty villains - a really good mix of personalities made the story very likeable.

So - when I found out there was a prequel ala Vol 1 - I immediately included it on my list and looked forward to jumping into the space-spanning adventure that would this time pair up the 31st Century heroes with the Defenders, the Thing, Captain America and Silver Surfer - so I ask - with an all-star line-up like this, how did they mess it up? In short what I found was Vol 1 is not near as good as Vol 2.

The first chapter by the team of Arnold Drake and Gene Colan started the story off with promise but beginning with the next chapter - the writing is really poor - and each following chapter goes steadily down hill. Each entry that follows presents a potentially exciting array of A-List characters - ie..Dr. Strange, Hulk, the Thing, but the stories never seem to really get off the ground - each time it seems the stage is set, the potential is there, but then the story falls into a series of stupid twists - some are ridiculous, most are just plain boring - the art work is overall good throughout but the characters are wasted on really lackluster plots due to writing that appears to simply not know what to do with the characters.

With Vol 2 the writing is much better and you get a series of stories that are far more interesting.
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