Guardians of the Galaxy #2

The first issue gave us a solid base to build on; this issue takes that base and does some digging into the past of the legacy of the "Guardians of the Galaxy". Abnett, Lanning and Pelletier quickly re-introduce the team, in an opening sequence similar to that of big-screen blockbusters before the standard "What happened before. . . " page carried by all Marvel titles. The sextet â€" Star-Lord, Warlock, Quasar, Gamora, Drax and Rocket Raccoon â€" are given a teaser panel before the establishing team shot. From there, no doubt is left that this team has an agenda.

The creative team uses a series of debriefing panels to help pace the action and to provide the reader with the necessary background to the story without thoroughly derailing the story for a flashback.

Pelletier's art, as always, is solid. His characters carry a vivaciousness and act their way through the panel, rather than flipping through as a series of posed mannequins. Fairbairn's colors help supply action and vitality to the series, with color palettes that contribute to the frenetic pace of the high energy scenes and a complimentary palette to sooth the downtime panels.

Midway through the story, the creative team drops a bombshell on the reader, and anyone who skeptically picked this book up, hoping for at least a nod to the previous incarnations of Guardians is rewarded for their financial and chronal investment in this series. Not only does this issue offer up a connection to the past of this team, but it also provides a link to Marvel's mainstay â€"- the Avengers.

The interactions amongst the team continue to brew, frequently punctuated with humor and wit. This is a ground-floor adventure that allows the reader to build him- or her-self into it.

In addition to their quest to prevent "Annihilation"-level cosmic crises, the team has crossed paths with the Universal Church of Truth, who position themselves to be repeat foes for the Guardians and serve to fuel this issue's ending.

As someone who came into this series inspired by the promise of something new given life by Pelletier's art, I can honestly say I have been quite pleased with this title. The characters may not be A-list, and the threats may be more ethereal, but the story and action do nothing but inspire me to continue purchasing this series.

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