This issue combines Gerry Duggan's clever storytelling with hilarious humor. If you're a fan of the DEADPOOL series then ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 is for you!
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Over the years, Gerry Duggan has certainly made a name for himself. He successfully revived and revamped Deadpool back in 2012, and now it seems he’ll do the same for the Guardians. ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 is a great starting off point. Borrowing Duggan’s personal sense of humor, and clever storytelling from his DEADPOOL series, there’s a certain charm here. A charm that creates excitement and promises better things for the future. In my opinion, by creating a fun dynamic between the gang again, and exploring new ideas and themes, it’ll be fascinating to see where this series goes.

What’s All-New, What’s All-Different

Firstly, diving into ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1, we find ourselves running a planet-level heist alongside our scoundrels! This was a great way to introduce the Guardians. Fresh off the heels from the “Grounded” arc, we see the team deal with their turmoil. They all reluctantly follow Quill’s orders and make snappy remarks towards him, which instills they are all still very much annoyed with him. For anyone familiar with Duggan’s work, they should know that for as humorous as his writing can be it can also cut deep and become very serious. Therefore, it should be interesting to see how the team will overcome the hurdles that will try to prevent them from getting back to how they once were.

Image from ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1, courtesy of Marvel

We see some of these hurdles early on. To begin with, Drax and Gamora are more quiet than usual. Now, with Drax’s new profound sense of pacifism, he tries to share insightful opinions and ideas. This is not the same Drax the Destroyer which most of us are familiar with. Therefore, it will be more than rewarding to watch Drax’s inevitable snap. As for Gamora, there’s not much to say here, because she does not have much to say here. It seems Gamora is the most affected from the fallout of the team. It raises eyebrows and makes us want to delve into her thoughts and know what can be done to make up for Quill’s mistakes. As mentioned before, Gerry Duggan can get very serious, and he can do it rather quickly. Hopefully, we will see this happen with Gamora and Star-Lord.

READ: Want to know how Star-Lord got along living on earth in the “Grounded” arc? Read our review of STAR-LORD #6!

Art, Plot, and Everything in Between

I haven’t mentioned anything of Rocket or Groot in ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1. There are a good deal of things to go through here. How this issue ends is what brings excitement to this series, which is something that seems to be lacking lately in Marvel comics. There is clearly something far beyond the simple plot of what our first arc seems to be. In addition, there also seems to be more behind Groot being a baby, other than for comedic effect and cuteness. Rocket has never been one to share his feelings, but with what seems to be happening here it could be anticipated to see Rocket react intensely.

READ: Want to read more about the Guardians of The Galaxy? Click here to read our review of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: DREAM ON #1!

As a result, ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 meets the Gerry Duggan expectations. It’s funny, it’s exciting, it slowly lays a plot, and gets dark before you know it. It will be exciting to see the Guardians go on this new path, together. It would also be exciting to see Aaron Kuder stay as the artist. His rough line work adds a certain degree of grittiness to the look. Also, the added high contrast of color accompanies the art very well. It helps keeps a funny look to it, which helps to make this comic a fun one! Ultimately, if you’re a fan of Gerry Duggan’s work on DEADPOOL for its crazy, fun, dark storytelling, then I would greatly suggest to pick this issue up!

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