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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (April 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785133380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785133384
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Abnett is a novelsit and award-winnig comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent.

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The Skrull Invasion!
HJ Louw
Check it out I am sure you will enjoy as I have!
Korey Brooks
Good artwork and decent stories.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elvis Zombie on May 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a great launch. It's written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (the same guys who write Nova). The premise of this book is simple.
The cosmic universe is reeling in the aftermath of Annihilation and Annihilation: Conquest. The Nova corps is no more so who you gonna call? No...not the Ghostbusters; the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Star Lord puts together a team to nip it in the bud. In other words this is a galactic commando unit whose sole purpose is to stop major events like Annihilation from happening again.
So who are the team members? All of the members are veterans of the afore mentioned wars. Peter Quill aka Star Lord, Drax the Destoryer, Rocket Racoon, Adam Warlock, Gamorra, Phyla Vell (Quasar), Cosmo the dog, and Mantis.
This team is put together during the event known as SECRET INVASION. Yes, secret invasion rears its head in the cosmic universe as well. While I'm not a fan of the secret invasion arc as a whole, I think it works particularly well in Guardians of the Galaxy.
This is a new team. The members are all so different, and there are trust issues to begin with. After all, Drax and Gamorra were phalanx selects fighting against the good guys for the majority of Conquest. Adam Warlock just happened to reenter the Marvel Universe after a long hiatus. There is a new blue guy weilding Captain America's shield, a telepath, a talking dog, a talking racoon, and a scoundrel leader in Star Lord.
They are in space, they are cut off, and they know there are skrulls on board. Paranoia sets in.
This is a solid title. It's not for everyone, I'm sure. However, if you enjoyed Annihilation or are a fan of Nova you should check this out. After all, where else are you gonna get Rocket Racoon?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HJ Louw on February 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Two words sum up this book: Action and Humor. If you like either you should definitely pick it up. Of course, that's not to say that superstar writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (ANNIHILATION, NOVA) do not fit some serious or even dark subject matter into the stories from time to time, but action and humor...well, these two just seem to be their specialities. The artwork by Paul Pelletier is also gorgeous, and fits the cosmic scale of the stories, the weird environments, and the offbeat planetoids that the Guardians seem to find themselves on in almost every issue contained within this hardcover (By the way, this book collects the first six issues of the newest Guardians of the Galaxy series, and its at least on par with the original series from the seventies, maybe even better). For those of you who don't know, the Guardians were a mainstay of the Marvel Universe about thirty or so years ago. The stories were set a 1000 years in the future (a la DC's Legion of Superheroes) and featured a number of cosmic heroes, most notably Starhawk and Vance Astro, aka Major Victory. In this newest version of the Guardians the stories are set in the modern era. They hardly ever take place on earth, but rather in deep space or the farthest corners of reality. And don't even get me started on the team roster - Drax the Destroyer (the killer of Thanos), Gamora (the "deadliest woman alive"), Starlord (gun-toting and guilt-ridden), Rocket Raccoon (furry little guy with massive armament), Adam Warlock (cosmic powered superbeing turned galactic magician) and a female Quasar (quantum bands, anyone?). Not only is this line-up enough to turn me into a fan for life, but the character interactions and hilarious banter tickles my funny-bone mercilessly. So what do I like most about this book?Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve G. on October 22, 2009
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I enjoyed this series a lot. Don't know how on-the-money I am, but it seemed apparent to me right away that Dan Abnett was a big fan of Bill Willingham's Shadowpact, sharing the same foruth-wall-breaking approach to narrative and its snappy let's-not-take-ourselves-too-seriously dialogue. Instead of hanging out in a magical inter-dimensional bar, these heroes hang out in a colossal, inter-dimensionally-accessible Celestial head. Swap Nightmaster for Star-Lord, Detective Chimp for Rocket Raccoon, Flippy for Cosmo, and so forth. It doesn't really feel derivative though. It feels like a fresh spin with a lot of threads gathered from the rich history of Marvel's cosmic comics. There are some great if somewhat rushed appearances by Starhawk that really stood out in my mind, because each time he appeared he sported a variant of his costume that was cooler than the next. Fun, high-energy stuff that provides a nice change of pace from most of what Marvel's doing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Mounsear-wilson on February 20, 2014
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Great rip roaring story, great pulpy larger than life comic book fare. I just wish it was longer. Can't wait for the next collection and the movie can't come fast enough!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David E Houston II on May 6, 2013
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This was an awesome book, from art to story. If you're unfamiliar with the characters, it's a good way to get some background before the movie comes out.
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The universe is in trouble. It has just undergone two near cataclysmic events. There are rips in the time and space continuum. What the universe needs is a team to proactively work towards stopping these events from happening. What it gets is the new Guardians of the Galaxy.

I remember the old Guardians of the Galaxy. They were from the far future and hung out there for most of the time except when they came back to the "present". Then you had characters interacting with a much younger version of himself and other weird things happening. In fact, whenever Marvel sets stories in space and gets to the "cosmic" level, things get weird. What does this have to do with this new batch of Guardians? Very little except for Vance Astrovik. Oh and has me remembering just enough to be confused beyond belief. So after some quick catching up with character profiles on the internet, I went back to reading this collection of issues 1 to 6 of the new Guardians of the Galaxy.

I really got this collection to try and prepare myself for the new movie. I haven't seen the movie but I am pretty sure it is going to have very little to do with the group that is here. For the first thing, some of the characters are not in the movie (or at least in the trailers and commercials). So if you are only getting the graphic novel to go along with the movie, probably not a good idea.

If you want to actually catch up on the comics, this is a good place to start since it is there beginning. But you should know that they all have a good deal of background material that is not told in this story. So previous knowledge of the characters will definitely help to make this more enjoyable. Even with that knowledge, the story is a little confusing.
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