Guardians 3000 #1
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Making their first appearance back in 1969, the Guardians have been fighting Badoon for centuries. Caught in a seemingly endless loop in an alternative universe, it appears time has rest itself again, for Guardians 3000 #1 brings the old crew back for one more round. Fortunately for us, Dan Abnett has returned for the newest adventures involving the Guardians, and things look promising.
Fans of the original series, as well as fans of the summer blockbuster The Guardians of the Galaxy, will enjoy jumping into the 31st century to team up a rag tag team of cosmic heroes. In an interview with Comic Book Resources Abnett said that Guardians 3000 is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the 2008 series.
Like the 2008 Guardians, this is delving into the continuity of the team; taking things and saying, right, we’re restarting, but we’re restarting with an awareness of that continuity and respect for it, but without bogging it down with so much continuity that new readers go, “I don’t know what the heck is going on!”
It’s a fine balancing act, but it’s actually a very rich playground. There’s a lot we can do and I’ve churned out a huge amount of ideas.
Readers join Geena Drake at the Hideaway Parliament as she tries to escape the Phase Cadre. Though the first attempt at escape was unsuccessful, Geena notices subtle difference the second go, and is determined to rewrite the future. Aiding her are the five core members of the Guardians: Vance Astro, a psionically-enhanced warrior. Yondu, a master of all weapons. Martinex, who has control over extreme heats. Charlie-27, who has super strength and super speed on his side. Starhawk, referred to as the “one who knows,” has the ability to see into the future.
The Guardians are distinctly aware that time is collapsing. At one point Vance Astro even says that they have been “dancing the same dance over and over again,” which harks back to Abnett’s comments about the current series serving as a continuation of previous stories.
Their one hope for ending this cycle rests in Geena Drake, though no one knows why exactly.
Time travel is set to play a significant role in the series, but Abnett promises not to get lost in the timey-wimey wibbly-wobbly nonsense that a certain Doctor has fallen victim to.
Strong writing, incredible graphics, and hints at a cosmic event within the larger Marvel universe make Guardians 3000 a must have.