Graphic Novel Review: Guardians Team-Up: Guardians Assemble

PUBLISHED: 15:22 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:22 29 October 2015

Guardians Team-Up: Guardians Assemble

Guardians Team-Up: Guardians Assemble

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Juxtaposing the cosmic with the conventional as the Guardians join forces with the Earth’s superheroes...

(Panini Books)

The appeal of the space-faring Guardians of the Galaxy reached an all-time high following last summer’s box office-busting blockbuster, and rather than miss out on the opportunity to ride this wave of success, Marvel have been churning out various spin-off titles featuring individual team members.

This latest short-lived title was curtailed by Secret Wars, and included an obligatory Black Vortex tie-in which didn’t really adhere to the format of one or more Guardians working alongside representatives from Earth’s superhuman contingent.

So we have the Guardians and the Avengers joining forces to quell an attack by Marvel movie aliens the Chitauri, the green-skinned Gamora allying herself with jade-giantess She-Hulk, and Rocket Raccoon in a reluctant partnership with the so-called “Pet Avengers” (Zabu the sabretooth, Throg the Thunder Frog, Lockjaw the Inhuman’s dog, Redwing the falcon etc).

Nobody’s rewriting the rulebook of superhero team-ups here, and it’s fair to say this book delivers exactly what it promises (apart from the aforementioned Ronan the Accuser BV chapter) while never pushing any boundaries or challenging the reader’s expectations.

In a market growing increasingly saturated with Guardians tie-ins, you have to wonder whether the franchise will end up challenging the X-Men for spin-offs, and without the range of characters or depth of history to draw on the market for GotG material could be in danger of imploding if the quality isn’t maintained.


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