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Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers Hardcover – September 17, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785168281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785168287
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Award-winning comic-book creator Brian Michael Bendis is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics today. He has helmed a renaissance for Marvel's popular Avengers franchise, writing every issue of New Avengers and launching Avengers, Mighty Avengers and Dark Avengers. He has also written the event projects House of M, Secret War, Secret Invasion and Siege. Bendis is one of the architects of Marvel's Ultimate line of comics, having written every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man since its launch in 1999, as well as Ultimate Fantastic Four, Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Ultimate Origin, Ultimate Six and the Ultimate Enemy trilogy. The introduction of multiracial Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales made USA Today's front page and went on to become a hotbed topic on Fox News, CNN, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Howard Stern Show and more. Bendis' creator-owned projects include Scarlet with Alex Maleev, Brilliant with Mark Bagley, the Eisner Award-winning Powers with Mike Oeming and the Hollywood tell-all Fortune and Glory. Bendis is also the creator of Image Comics' Jinx line of crime comics, which has spawned the graphic novels Goldfish, Fire, Jinx and Torso with Marc Andreyko, and Total Sell Out. Sony and FX have completed principal photography on the pilot for Powers with Bendis as executive producer, and he's adapting Fire for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron. Bendis is also a writer and consulting producer for the Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man. As a member of Marvel Studios' Creative Committee, he has consulted on the films Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, and Marvel's The Avengers. He is head writer of the massive multiplayer online game Marvel Universe for Marvel and Gazillion games.

Artist Steve McNiven parlayed a chance trip to the San Diego Comic-Con into a position at CrossGen Comics, where he quickly earned a regular assignment on Meridian. When CrossGen ceased publishing, McNiven moved on to Marvel Knights 4 with writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Next, he joined Warren Ellis on Ultimate Secret. In 2006, McNiven and Mark Millar shattered the Marvel Universe's status quo in Civil War. His next assignments included Brian Michael Bendis' New Avengers and the initial story arc of Amazing Spider-Man's "Brand New Day" era. McNiven and Millar reteamed for "Old Man Logan" in Wolverine and the creator-owned Nemesis, published under the Marvel Icon imprint. With Ed Brubaker, McNiven helped relaunch Captain America.

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The stories are entertaining and the art is pretty.
Franco Spisso
Certainly gets me hyped about the upcoming film and I can't wait to read the next volume.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes comics and saw the movie.
Joshua Gaskill

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 6, 2014
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Marvel Now is, in part, supposed to help readers new to comics with a place to start without being burdened by decades of continuity. Most of the new launches have simply jumped in assuming readers have at least a basic knowledge of the characters from the films or word of mouth; others incorporate a little of the backstory to orient. GOTG does a bit of both.

The book opens with Peter Quill’s “origin” story and reveals who his father is. Then it jumps into the present where he is already Star-Lord and leader of the Guardians. In this series, Iron Man is part of the team, on sabbatical from Earth. I actually loved this because on the Avengers he is a leader, one of the geniuses. They often look to him for a plan of action or to save the day with a brilliant idea. Here, that is not the case. His armor and tech savvy is well behind the rest of the galaxy, as Rocket loves to remind him in the most condescending way! It was refreshing to see Stark so out of his element.

This book is really a staging point to build something bigger. The story is light on content, but heavy on humor and action. Each of the Guardians gets a moment to “shine” so readers can be introduced to them. And they keep the jokes rolling. The book is an excellent starting point for new readers to comics, or to the Guardians (as I am). One problem I had was the characters’ use of made-up words. The writer wants to remind people this isn't Earth, and they have common terms we don’t use. I find that unnecessary since they’re all speaking English via “universal translator” anyway and it got annoying fast. But, this was a minor quibble. Overall, this is a solid beginning to the new series and I will continue reading. Recommended!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon customer on July 27, 2014
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Guardians of the Galaxy has long been a lame attempt by Marvel to create a space superhero team....until recently. The Abnett version of Guardians that directly preceded the current version started the team on the path from mediocrity. The current Bendis version completes that journey. Stunning art, excellent characterizations and an intriguing storyline make this a "must read" title. Expect demand to skyrocket when the movie hits theaters later this summer!

RECENT ADD-ON COMMENT: For those readers who are complaining that this book is too small to read on the Kindle or with the Kindle app, are you aware that you can read each panel individually too? You can do it for one page or the entire book and it addresses the occasional problem of the writing in a word balloon being too small to read. All you do is hold your finger pressed on the panel in question until the feature activates. To then go back to normal reading, the easiest way is to go back a page or sometimes exit and return to the book, as you sometimes get stuck in the"panel mode" otherwise (Amazon definitely needs to work on that issue). Contact Amazon for instructions if you cannot figure it out. Amazon should also consider a feature that allows readers to simply zoom in-and-out as needed via the "pinch and pull" method that most websites use to allow zooming in on pictures, words, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Bradshaw on September 17, 2014
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A great place to start with the Guardians of the Galaxy. This volume has Tony Stark/Iron Man in it, and is a nice addition. He grounds the story in the Marvel universe, and also serves to show us just how different this title's universe is from the "normal" superhero universe we're used to.

The Angela storyline doesn't resolve itself, nor does any of the other storylines, really, but a funny introduction to these characters and this team.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. England on May 22, 2014
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Hilarious, witty and a lot of fighting and explosions.
The stories of each individual within the guardian's its complex and worth the read
if you're into the heros in the tights, fur with guns or aliens being aliens with
space pirates acting as heroes, it gets the idea of misfits fighting for something right
and do it in an entertaining way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dylan McGregor on November 17, 2014
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It's really good! I'm not crazy about Rocket like everyone else seems to be, I didn't really like him back in the day either and I think he's a bit too mouthy rather than comedy relief but he's just getting started so I'm sure Bendis will mellow him out a bit once he's established.
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The difficulty in reviewing comics series, especially ongoing series, is that they can start of extremely well, or poorly, and then drastically change in just a few issues. Often, the entire breadth of one writer/artists run can't be faithfully reviewed until it's over, and in the case of Guardians of the Galaxy, this is exactly what's happened. I jumped on board the new series with Issue one, and I was hooked. The art was solid, and Bendis, while not top of his game (see his and Alex Maleev's run on Daredevil for him in prime form), was still enjoyable, well-paced and, most importantly, faithful to the intergalactic, zany struggle that is Guardians. Even when they introduced Angela, which some folks may remember originally from Image Comic's "Spawn," clearly as a gimmick to sell more copies after the results of a hyped legal battle, I didn't feel like it was a serious enough blow to warrant concern. So far, so good.

The real problems started soon after, issue 6, I believe. Now we have an Infinity tie-in. Here's the deal with tie-ins: to me, they suck. I can handle one every so often, granted they're done right. But this: you have no idea what's going on, minus a "Previously in Guardians..." paragraph, which defeats the whole purpose of these books. I want to read the STORIES, not a summation. If I wanted to do that, I'd just Wikipedia the thing and save my money. Marvel has an insistence that you buy all of their books, at $3.99 a pop, or you'll just have to suffer. That's garbage to say they least, but still, I continued, in the hopes the series would move past this. As I said, ongoing series can be good, bad, good again, then get bad, and on, an on, so I wanted to believe this was just a slight droop. With this, though, it just kept getting messier and messier.
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More About the Author

Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last eleven years, Brian's books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel's popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful 'event' projects HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, and SIEGE.
This summer will see the blockbuster new line-ups for AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS.
Other recent projects include the groundbreaking SPIDER-WOMAN MOTION COMIC, that debuted number one on iTunes TV sales chart and the New York Times best selling HALO graphic novel.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel comic's Ultimate line of comics. A line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader. He has written every issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN since it's best selling launch in 1999, and has also written ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, MARVEL TEAM UP, ORIGIN, SIX and the ENEMY trilogy.
He is creator of the JINX line of crime comics published by image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT.
Brian's other projects include the Eisner award winning "POWERS" (w/Mike Oeming) from Marvel's creator owned imprint ICON, and the Hollywood tell all "FORTUNE AND GLORY'. Entertainment Weekly gave both projects an "A." SONY and FX networks are currently developing POWERS for series with Brian as exec producer.
Brian is currently adapting his spy graphic novel FIRE for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron.
Brian is a member of Marvel studios creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects. He has consulted on IRON-MAN and IRON MAN 2 and is currently consulting on THE FIRST AVENGERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and THE AVENGERS
Brian has won five prestigious EISNER awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row. He has also won over two dozen Wizard comic awards. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press 'Excellence in Journalism' Award and was named "Best Writer of the Year." by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer's Guide for three consecutive years.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina and his dogs Lucky, Max and Buster.

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