Updated: Jan 24, 2020
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1
Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Geoff Shaw
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Once again Donny Cates, along with Geoff Shaw, brought comic fans another unbelievably amazing comic book. Cates literally has the Midas touch. first he made THANOS a hit and followed that up by making VENOM a must read, now he brings his signature flair to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and it couldn't be a more perfect fit.
This first issue reminds me of the early 00's when Abnett and Lanning came out with ANNHILATION, an expansive cast of the cosmic characters of the Marvel Universe. While this book has the humor that you would expect from a Guardians book, it is also shows that it's not always a joking matter out in the depths of space. This issue promised us a new team while also dealing with the death of Thanos.
From the opening pages Cates story, it's clear that things are not what they seem. This massive collection of characters though they were there to hear the last will and testament of Thanos, but instead find out how that even in death Thanos haunts them: he's figured out how to transport his consciousness into a new body, which happens to be a hero that we know. This mystery is absolute genius. I'll admit Thanos wasn't always a favorite of mine, but Cates has made him one of the most compelling characters at Marvel. When all is said and done he may be one of the definitive Thanos writers.
From the additions of Beta Ray Bill and Cosmic Ghost Rider to Moon Dragon and Phylla-Vell, this team is sure to give the galaxy something to fear. Of course we also have Star-Lord and a mohawk rocking Groot. This new group of Guardians is an exciting team and one of the most interesting iterations in years. It will be interesting to find out why "We don't talk about Rocket".
The script by Cates was ingenious, but it's Shaw's art with Gracia's colors that really helped give this book it's amazing look. Shaw's galaxy is dark and grimy and Gracia's colors compliment his linework perfectly. This book is the perfect match for Cates and Shaw. This is a surefire hit and if history tells us anything Cates and Shaw are only getting started.