REVIEW :: Guardians of the Galaxy #22

February 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm By:

I keep coming back to the Guardians of the Galaxy.

In 2008, I named the comic — the science-fiction superhero series that focuses on the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe — one of my favorites of that year. And now, with the Guardians hitting issue No. 22, I stand by my choice; it’s still consistently one of the best books on the stands month-in and month-out.

What’s so good about the title? Well, I’ll be honest: I have a thing for B- and C-list characters, and the Guardians team is populated by a host of beloved nobodies like Rocket Raccoon, Bug from the Micronauts and Jack Flag, among others. But this comic is way more than a guilty pleasure. Each issue, writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning pit their ragtag group of heroes against universe-ending threats and life-or-death situations. Sure, humor is a big part of the stories (I mean, you can’t take a talking raccoon too seriously.), but this fast-paced, action-packed series is anything but a funny book.

The other cool thing about Guardians is, aside from Nova and your odd limited series here and there, it’s the best place to find Marvel’s rich catalog of space-faring heroes and villains. Crack open an issue and you’ll get to catch up with folks like Moondragon, Drax the Destroyer, Adam Warlock, the Inhumans, the Starjammers, the Imperial Guard, and — coming soon — Thanos (the Infinity Gems can’t be too far behind) … and many more.

Yeah, I still dig the Guardians of the Galaxy. Sue me … but first check out an issue and judge for yourself.

Carlton Hargro is Editor-in-Chief of Charlotte’s Creative Loafing free weekly newspaper. You can check out more of his reviews at the paper’s Comic Proportions blog.

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