Marvel has been making it a habit these days to release a comic book prelude to each of their movies. Most of the time these preludes fall way short, mostly because nobody really takes them seriously.
The stories are usually basic and weak, lest they do something that would mess up what is going on on the big screen. But, I’m a completionist and I usually end up checking out whatever that latest MCU tie-in comic is.
Happily, the Guardians of the Galaxy prelude is actually a lot of fun. It doesn’t seek to be MCU shattering, but neither does it seem to be simply a cheap way for Marvel to make a few extra bucks.
The prelude introduces us is actually three one-shot stories instead of being a multi-issue arch. In the first story, we are introduced to Nebula and Gamora. They are servants of Thanos and they are searching for a powerful orb. The orb also seems to be the main object of desire in the movie this weekend. Though Gamora is the “Guardian” in this story, the issue is actually told from Nebula’s perspective as we see flashbacks of her failed missions and her relationship/rivalry with Gamora.
The issue is very good and takes on a more serious tone. Not so with issue 2.
The second part of the prelude focuses on Rocket Raccoon and Groot and is, essentially, a fun romp through space. The plot is pretty basic, but we do get to see Rocket and Groot’s character stand out. Mercenaries they are, but not without heart.
There is a third Guardians story that is not technically part of the official prelude, but it can be found in the trade paperback and is set in the MCU. The story starts by essentially retelling the midcredits scene from Thor: The Dark World where Lady Sif and Volstagg meet with The Collector to hide the Aether, but the rest of the story is what comes after. Gamora is still after the orb and no one is standing in her way. Because of her mistrust of Ronan, she makes an uneasy alliance with the Collector – she will find the orb and he will keep it safe from the Accuser.
All in all, if you’re going to invest in any of the tie-in comics, this one is not a bad one to invest in.
So, who’s going to see the movie this weekend?