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Guardians of the Galaxy is as cheeky and zany as the Marvel comic!

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Guardians of the Galaxy is funny and heartfelt; it’s just as cheeky as fans of the zany Marvel comic.  It’s thrilling, full of love, and packed with the visual gorgeousness one has come to expect from a Marvel film.

Be warned of some minor spoilers ahead.  The buzz you’ve been hearing about this film is not an exaggeration.  This is by far not only the funniest Marvel film to date, it’s also one of the House of Ideas best.  This Marvel movie is not campy.  This is a smart movie with a level of seriousness and respect for the source material that will make you believe a raccoon can talk, and that’s because of the clever voice characterization of Bradley Cooper.

When Guardians of the Galaxy was announced two years ago, most people had no idea what a Guardian of the Galaxy was. Only the devoted fans of the original fictional superhero team that appeared in comic books published by Marvel Comics knew about these band of A-holes.  That said, I still doubt anyone would have pinned the Guardians as the next big Marvel franchise.  These new rag-tag heroes after this weekend are going to be mega-players in the house of Marvel, probably both in print and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  I’m Geeking out replaying certain scenes of the movie in my head.  This film as I said before is really good. I remember writing earlier this week saying,

f82406213912278d976c2889_533x800“Okay Marvel Studios, enough is enough.  We’re on to you.  We are all going to see Guardians of the Galaxy; you don’t need to put any more footage online trying to sell this film.  It’s coming out in a few weeks and everyone that’s going to see it knows so leave something for the imagination and let us be surprised.”

Nothing that was shown in the trailers takes anything away from the film, for the simple fact that it’s that good.  For example, the appearance of The Celestial – Eson the Searcher, Cosmo (the psychic Russian cosmonaut dog), and Knowhere, the giant floating head of a Celestial and the future comic headquarters of the Guardians of the Galaxy was just a delight.  Before I go any further here’s a little history about our bunch of misfits.

The team first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #18, Jan. 1969.  The book was written by Arnold Drake and penciled by Gene Colan. They appeared sporadically in several Marvel titles, such as Marvel Two-In-One #4–5, July–Sept. 1974, and Giant Size Defenders #5 and Defenders #26–29 of July–Nov. 1975.  Each time other Marvel heroes such as Captain America, the Thing, and the Defenders aided them in their war against the alien Badoon.

The Guardians were seen next in Marvel Presents #3–12 Feb. 1976 – Aug. 1977 followed by a series of appearances in Thor Annual #6 1977, The Avengers #167–177 Jan.–Nov. 1978 and #181 March 1979, Ms. Marvel #23, Marvel Team-Up #86 Oct. 1979, and Marvel Two-in-One #61-#63 & #69 Nov. 1980.

In the early 1990s, the Guardians starred in a self-titled comic that ran for 62 issues.  The series was written and illustrated by Jim Valentino.  With issue #29 Oct. 1992 Michael Gallagher commenced writing the title, and continued until its cancellation with issue #62 July 1995.  A spin-off four-issue miniseries, Galactic Guardians July–Oct. 1994, a second volume was published in May 2008, written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.  The title features a new team drawn from participants in the Annihilation: Conquest storyline.  The 1969 team made guest appearances in #12–17 and #25.  I recommend, if you can, to pick up these issues.  Hopefully it will help the creative teams behind them with much-needed revenue.

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From Iron Man, to Captain America, Thor, and the Avengers, the foundation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is here and building with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy and next year’s Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.  Get quickly caught up with the video MARVEL goes through some PHASES in NEW VIDEO from SDCC! and witness the visionary style of Phases 1 and 2, ending with Age of Ultron, and get excited about what Phase 3 has to offer.  The video was originally shown at SDCC 2014 with Marvel’s Hall H presentation.  Watch the vid, comment below, then hit a theatre and dig on the groove that is Guardians of the Galaxy!

Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.  To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora, and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer.  But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is presented by Marvel Studios and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gilian, Djimon Hounsou with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.

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