Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers (Marvel Now) (Anglais) Relié – 17 septembre 2013
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COLLECTING: Guardians of the Galaxy 0.1, 1-3; Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Avengers 1
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Artist Steve McNiven parlayed a chance trip to the San Diego Comic-Con into a position at CrossGen Comics, where he quickly earned a regular assignment on Meridian. When CrossGen ceased publishing, McNiven moved on to Marvel Knights 4 with writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Next, he joined Warren Ellis on Ultimate Secret. In 2006, McNiven and Mark Millar shattered the Marvel Universe's status quo in Civil War. His next assignments included Brian Michael Bendis' New Avengers and the initial story arc of Amazing Spider-Man's "Brand New Day" era. McNiven and Millar reteamed for "Old Man Logan" in Wolverine and the creator-owned Nemesis, published under the Marvel Icon imprint. With Ed Brubaker, McNiven helped relaunch Captain America.
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GotG 0.1 & 1 à 3 (dessins de Steve McNiven, encrés par McNiven, John Dell et Mark Morales, avec l'aide de Sarah Picchelli pour les dessins des épisodes 2 & 3, mise en couleurs de Justin Ponsor) - Épisode zéro point un - Il y a 30 ans, dans les montagnes du Colorado, Meredith Quill voit un petit vaisseau spatial monoplace s'écraser à 10 mètres de sa maison. Le pilote est blessé, mais encore vivant. Elle le recueille et le panse. Il s'appelle J'Son of Spartax. Peu de temps après il repart pour son empire galactique ; Meredith est enceinte de Peter Quill, futur Star-Lord. Épisodes 1 à 3 - De nos jours, J'Son of Spartax a décrété la Terre interdite à toute intervention extraterrestre, dans le cadre d'un conclave comprenant l'Intelligence Suprême des Kree, Gladiator (chef des Shi'ar), Annihilus (Zone Négative), la reine des Brood, Freyja (Asgard) et Y-Gaar (chef de la confrérie des Badoon). Problème : un vaisseau Badoon renégat attaque Londres. Solution : les GotG interviennent, bravant l'interdiction. Conséquence : Ils sont capturés par les soldats de Spartax et emprisonnés. Composition de l'équipe : Star Lord (Peter Quill), Gamora, Drax, Iron Man, Rocket Raccoon et Groot.
À la fin du film ...Lire la suite ›
Aux oreilles françaises, cette présence du petit mammifère dans l'effectif d'un groupe rappelle bien entendu le poème de Jacques Prévert, 'Inventaire' (1957), dont les strophes se concluent invariablement avec "un raton laveur". D'où l'introduction dans le langage courant de l'expression "et un raton laveur" pour conclure une énumération fastidieuse. Les créateurs du Rocket Raccoon Bill Mantlo et Keith Giffen sont-ils fans de Jacques Prévert ?
Pour le reste, en raison de mon peu d'intérêt pour la spécialité "cosmique" des comic books de capés, je dois avouer n'avoir lu auparavant aucune des aventures de ce groupe de super-héros pourtant apparu (selon comic vine) dès 1969.
Mais les nouveaux lecteurs peuvent se rassurer : le mouvement "Marvel Now!" fait que même si vous ne connaissez pas toute l'histoire des précédentes séries, ce TPB pourra être lu et compris. D'autant qu'il propose les origines de cette composition des Gardiens et de son chef Peter Quill.
Le père de Quill est un des gros bras de la Galaxie, qui monte une cabale contre son fils rebelle et son groupe de Gardiens qui comprend d'ailleurs, avec la fille de Thanos, une autre personne rétive à l'autorité paternelle. Ce groupe a été rejoint par un Iron Man à la recherche de quelque chose pour occuper son temps libre...Lire la suite ›
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The book opens with Peter Quill’s “origin” story and reveals who his father is. Then it jumps into the present where he is already Star-Lord and leader of the Guardians. In this series, Iron Man is part of the team, on sabbatical from Earth. I actually loved this because on the Avengers he is a leader, one of the geniuses. They often look to him for a plan of action or to save the day with a brilliant idea. Here, that is not the case. His armor and tech savvy is well behind the rest of the galaxy, as Rocket loves to remind him in the most condescending way! It was refreshing to see Stark so out of his element.
This book is really a staging point to build something bigger. The story is light on content, but heavy on humor and action. Each of the Guardians gets a moment to “shine” so readers can be introduced to them. And they keep the jokes rolling. The book is an excellent starting point for new readers to comics, or to the Guardians (as I am). One problem I had was the characters’ use of made-up words. The writer wants to remind people this isn't Earth, and they have common terms we don’t use. I find that unnecessary since they’re all speaking English via “universal translator” anyway and it got annoying fast. But, this was a minor quibble. Overall, this is a solid beginning to the new series and I will continue reading. Recommended!
RECENT ADD-ON COMMENT: For those readers who are complaining that this book is too small to read on the Kindle or with the Kindle app, are you aware that you can read each panel individually too? You can do it for one page or the entire book and it addresses the occasional problem of the writing in a word balloon being too small to read. All you do is hold your finger pressed on the panel in question until the feature activates. To then go back to normal reading, the easiest way is to go back a page or sometimes exit and return to the book, as you sometimes get stuck in the"panel mode" otherwise (Amazon definitely needs to work on that issue). Contact Amazon for instructions if you cannot figure it out. Amazon should also consider a feature that allows readers to simply zoom in-and-out as needed via the "pinch and pull" method that most websites use to allow zooming in on pictures, words, etc.
The real problems started soon after, issue 6, I believe. Now we have an Infinity tie-in. Here's the deal with tie-ins: to me, they suck. I can handle one every so often, granted they're done right. But this: you have no idea what's going on, minus a "Previously in Guardians..." paragraph, which defeats the whole purpose of these books. I want to read the STORIES, not a summation. If I wanted to do that, I'd just Wikipedia the thing and save my money. Marvel has an insistence that you buy all of their books, at $3.99 a pop, or you'll just have to suffer. That's garbage to say they least, but still, I continued, in the hopes the series would move past this. As I said, ongoing series can be good, bad, good again, then get bad, and on, an on, so I wanted to believe this was just a slight droop. With this, though, it just kept getting messier and messier. Immediately following the Infinity event came "The Trial of Jean Grey" story line, which I didn't read (it may be good, and I'm not knocking the story if it is, I just don't want to read X-Men while I'm reading Guardians). In order to get the whole story, you'd not only have to buy Guardians, but X-Men books as well. Again, marketing and sales driven "art" at its finest. By the time the dust settled with issue 14, you're literally dropped back into straight Guardians stories, and expected to go buy all the preceding issues, or just settle for a summation.
Remember how I said the art was good? Well, it is. For this volume. And a few single issues. The art teams changed on this book so frequently that it was detracting. If you were hoping for the epic team of Bendis/Mcniven carrying you through many awesome adventures of Marvel's most beloved space pirates, guess again. I'm not saying the art is bad, most of it's not (minus Michael Oeming, blatant, lesser imitation of Mike Mignola that he is), it's just inconsistent, which detracts from the overall presentation. It was a real let down.
Then came four issues in which Venom was introduced as a member of the team. Really? There's a Venom book out there. I'll go buy it or Spider-Man if I want to read about Venom. I want to read Guardians of the Galaxy. But again, at least he was the only derivative from was other a story about Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket, even though the story had no obvious direction that I can could tell, so I soldiered on.Then, low and behold, after four issues of straight Guardians, a trend I hoped would last for a while, we have the "Original Sin" tie-in come along, and everything is in chaos again. Summations abound. With that, I called it quits.
I realize this deviates from what happens in this single volume, and it has minor spoilers. Sorry, but understand that you're not getting a straight Guardians story after this. This volume is in fact focused almost exclusively on the Guardians, and that's wonderful. But before long, you're getting Iron Man, Nova, Captain Marvel, Venom, the list goes on. So, while I get that Marvel's big thing is the shared universe concept, and it definitely added authenticity and enjoyment years ago, now it's over-done, obligatory, and down right degrading to what could be a great space saga. Based on all of this, don't waste your time and money unless you're ready for some serious cross-reading and research to avoid confusion, frustration, and ultimately, downright disappointment. This volume alone isn't bad, but if you pick up this book, get hooked, and are hoping for more of the same or improvement in the adventures of the Guardians, you're going to be sorely disappointed, so I hope this helps you in advance.
That's about the only redeeming element of the story proper - brief as it is - contained in this collection.
As a narrative, this feels entirely incomplete. There's no sense of theme, really, but that could be overlooked if Bendis had done what he normally does amazingly: character development and dialogue. The titular team is tragically underdeveloped. Peter (and his father, I should note) gets an interesting little back-story in the first issue, but for the most part we are given no reasoning for why this group of aliens has dedicated themselves to protecting the earth. Worse yet. none of them - with the slight exception of Star Lord - is given any time to act like a character with, ya know, thoughts and dialogue. These Guardians are primarily weapons with the ability to communicate battle banter and tactical direction. Rocket's wit from the Abnett days is reduced to variations of "Kablooey, murdered you." Drax and Gamora are completely replaceable 'warrior' cut outs.
Whether or not Bendis intended it, J'Son - Peter Quill's Spartax father - probably boasts the closest thing the collection has to a character arc. His intro - a meet-cute and romance with the spunky Ms. Quill - is by far the most charming component of the book, and it contrasts distinctly with his later presence as the manipulative antagonist of a king, making readers question his character in a more nuanced manner.
Oh - also - Iron Man is in this book. Is he necessary? Not even a little bit, unless your goal is to get buy-in for a lesser-known franchise which happens to be getting a cinematic reimagining by tying it to a well established character in both comics and the cinematic universe.
Like I said, though, Pichelli's art is beautiful. Her action is both detailed and kinetic, which is good because -of course - the vast majority of the book is action. It's a shame her ability to convey emotion through faces is barely put to use here.
In addition to the primary story arc, the collection also includes a few shorts about Drax, Groot, Rocket and Gamora, all of which are illustrated in distinctly different styles. Each of these stories - none longer than 9 pages - convey better character tales than the primary narrative, which I'm not sure is a testament to Bendis (and subsequently an indictment of his editors) or the opposite.
I was hoping for a space adventure like Star Wars, complete with interacting alien cultures, wise-cracking heroes, impressive battles, etc. All that stuff is here, I should say - it's just tragically underdeveloped.
I'll remain a Bendis fan, but my time with his Guardians will most likely be limited.
The lead story from GOTG #0.1 tells the origin of Star Lord. It is brilliant and starts things off with a bang.
For some reason Bendis puts Iron Man on the team. The rest of the team includes all the favourites we would get to know from the movie Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon. There has been lots of discussion about whether Tony Stark belongs on the team or not. Personally I am rather neutral on the matter . I don't think he adds much but I am not upset about his presence here.
Star Lord argues with his father and then the gang intercepts Angela, who they think may be attacking Earth. Angela is Neil Gaiman's Valkyrie like fallen Angel created for Image Comics in Spawn #9 in 1993. So after a lawsuit and Two Decades she is back . This is a mildly entertaining story certainly not worth all the build up.
In issue #2 Sara Pichelli joins McNiven on art . She is an equally talented artist who also produces beautiful art. But in issue #8 and #9 fellow Italian artist Francesco Francavilla takes over. I love Francavilla's art on his prior assignments which are mostly gritty pulp characters and the heavy blacks adds lots of mood. In this book it is jarring contrast to polished detailed art of McNiven and Pichelli. It just doesn't work.
Issue #10 brings Kevin Maguire on for the issue. Maguire is a much better fit .
Unfortunately the second half of the book plays off the one of Marvel's big events "Infinity". Having not read that book I have no idea what is going on and quickly found myself losing interest. Why Marvel finds the need to force these events on their readers is a matter too big for this review.
The book closes out with four short solo stories of mixed quality. I enjoyed the Groot and Rocket Raccoon stories but was bored by the Drax and Gamora stories.
In summary I loved much of the art. I was very excited by the inaugural story and was having a good time till the crossover hit and then I became confused and frustrated.