Guardians of the Galaxy: Legacy is set when the Marvel Heroes are helping to rebuild the entire galaxy after two previous Annihilation wars had almost led to the elimination of the universe.
These wars had allowed monsters and dark gods to push their way into the universe, terrorising those who survive.
Guardians of the Galaxy #1-6
Writer: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art: Paul Pelletier
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1
Only the Guardians of the Galaxy led by Star-Lord can protect the still weak cosmos following the Annihilation wars.
For the Guardians of the Galaxy Legacy comic, Marcus To did some great artwork getting the right balance between the serious and the lighthearted.
The style is visually stunning throughout and you have to admit that the new Nova uniforms look great on the Guardians.
A new team had to be formed for Guardians of the Galaxy Legacy because of their loses in earlier stories. The new team was put together by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.
They included Star-Lord, Groot, Phyla-Vell, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer as well as Adam Warlock.
What Is The Plot Of Legacy?
The new team get together in their base at Knowhere inside of a Celestial’s head. The Guardians complete a couple of rescue missions as there are holes in time and space that drag spaceships through. These sections introduce us to new characters.
The plot is weirder than previous books; the Guardians are hounded by religious nuts and crazy sci-fi ideas.
Star-Lord is the driving force within the new team. He understands that finding out the cause of the holes in time and space will be the best way to avoid disaster.
However, a group named the Guardians of the Galaxy has found what is causing the holes. They have a powerful relic which can prevent further disruption, Captain America’s shield. If they get the shield back they can prevent more disasters.
This story is told in fun and weird ways, getting weirder as it goes along. And ideas do not get much weirder than the chief security officer of Knowhere being a telepathic Russian space dog.
The mix of comedy and weird sci-fi in Guardians of the Galaxy Legacy makes for compelling reading. It will make you laugh, and in some parts, it will make you wonder what is going on. Not only does Guardians of the Galaxy Legacy continue from the Annihilation books it sets the scene for the future cosmic events.
Here we are introduced to the Cosmic elders, the Infinity Stones, Space pollen and many features of the modern Marvel Universe.
Why Guardians Of The Galaxy Fans Should Read Legacy
If you fell in love with the crew of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, this is where it all began. In Legacy, some of the original line up of the Guardians of the Galaxy make an appearance. We get to meet the likes of Vance Astro and Starhawk again.
When the writers refer to other story arcs in the Guardians series such as Secret Invasion they do so without disrupting the flow of this book or changing the plot so it did not make sense.
What Abnett and Lanning achieve in Guardians of the Galaxy is to demonstrate how good Star-Lord’s leadership skills are. He makes a great team leader, despite or maybe because of all the errors that he makes.
It is a different experience reading about Rocket Raccoon in a story with a serious plot. Plus there is the return of some members of the Warlock crew including Adam Strange, Drax the Destroyer, and Gamora.
Phyla-Vell has a strong relationship with Moondragon that assists the team throughout Guardians of the Galaxy Legacy.
Background of the Guardians
A key feature of the Guardians of the Galaxy Legacy book is that it features fun characters doing funny things. Due to how all of Guardian and Marvel books are all linked together it helps to have background knowledge of the Annihilation stories.
However, the authors do provide more of a background with some of the characters. Not only did they provide more insight into the new members of the Guardians they also had to give new back-stories about Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord to fit their stories in other comics.
The Guardians in the new team did find their feet amid the comedy and the weird bits. One constant throughout this book and the rest of the series is the consistently high standard of the artwork.
It fully brings to life the weirdness of the new Galaxy base at Knowhere, and the action scenes are superbly drawn. It helps you want to keep on reading, and then head to the next installment in the series.
The ability of the artist Aaron Kuder to illustrate just about anything is outstanding. It allows writers like Abnett and Lanning to conjure up weird plots and characters confident he will provide stunning artwork to support their cosmic ideas.
Kuder does a great job every time in drawing monsters and aliens, the new allies or foes of the Guardians.
Is Legacy for Fans of the Movies?
Fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies should take the time to read the Legacy book. This is the starting point to carry on reading the series.
Reading Legacy offers a good grounding of the MCU heroes between the movies and flesh their characters out within the Marvel story arcs.
The book will give movie fans more of an insight into the characters in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. It will also introduce others like Adam Warlock who have not been in the films.
So for fans of the movies who have read any of the Marvel comics yet, Legacy is a great starting point. It is the best place for learning more about the Guardians of the Galaxy and how the team was formed.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Legacy was featured in the Top Guardians of The Galaxy Comics list.
Images from Marvel Comics.