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Guardians Of The Galaxy #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.


The universe is on fire. Hundreds of worlds are at war. Never has there been such hatred and division across the cosmos. And in spite of all this, Thanos of Titan is still dead…or is he? Now, more than ever, the cosmos need the Guardians of the Galaxy…but in the aftermath of the Infinity Wars, who is left to answer the call? Featuring every cosmic super hero in the known universe by the THANOS WINS creative team of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw!

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16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Space is vast. Space is endless. And while quips every now and then provided by Cosmic Ghost Rider offer ample comedic relief, the book is by and large a return to the seriousness that made the group so understandable in the first place. With plenty of dysfunction abound as the team scuttles around the cosmos, it’s going to be awfully hard to wait around for issue #2 to hit comic shelves. Cates and Shaw work beautifully hand-in-hand and the fact they’re frequent collaborators is evident in the end product. While we’re still a long ways from comparing Guardians of the Galaxy to the cosmic likes of Annihilation or War of Kings, it’s safe to say the company has a hit on its hands with this one.

  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    Guardians of the Galaxy #1 was a strong kick off for a series that’s lost its way over the years. With the new team and mission, Cates and Shaw have an easy winner on their hands and I’m looking forward to seeing how they establish this new era.

  • 98

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Everything about this series looks like it is going to be epic, chaotic and a blast to read. Donny Cates has pulled out all the stops to assemble a new and insane team of cosmic misfits that are taking on the biggest mystery in the cosmic Marvel universe next to the Infinity Stones. Having Thanos, in essence, give the middle finger to the universe from beyond the grave is inspired and adds something special and unique to this story along with just being a really fun plot device. The first issue is a strong beginning that opens a galaxy of possibilities for Cates to take this team and their story.

    Geoff Shaw delivers some breathtaking and beautiful art in this first issue. From the reading of Thanos’ Will to the battle against the Black Order, Shaw delivers amazingly detailed scenes that are action packed.

  • 98

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Guardians Of The Galaxy #1 is everything you could’ve wanted from a launching point for our favorite cosmic assholes. The new crew is one fans have been dreaming of for years. You couldn’t ask for a better creative team to elevate the title to new heights. Don’t miss what will most likely be one of Marvel’s must-read comic books going forward.

  • 95


    Cates and Shaw have created a story that excites much like the Guardians movie by reminding us why a ragtag group of misfits banding together is such an exciting way to tell a story. If this is any indication, the Marvel cosmic universe is only going to get better.

  • 95

    Comics Bookcase

    The first exciting new chapter for the Guardians in I don’t know how long, Guardians of the Galaxy #1 sees two of Marvel’s best young creators operating with giant ambitions, and they absolutely deliver. This is a big story, one worthy of involving the entire galaxy.

  • 92

    Comic Watch

    Wow! What a phenomenal entry into a new era for the Guardians of the Galaxy! i will admit to having skipped Infinity Wars, Warps, The Black Order and such, but I knew Thanos died and how and hit the ground running with that knowledge and followed along fine. I really liked the idea of Thanos using his own funeral as a big ol’ f*** you to his foes, thumbing his nose from beyond the grave.

    I loved the funeral in general with the gigantic collection of cosmic marvel heavy hitters, most of them just there to make sure Thanos was dead. I felt like the formation of the team, out of necessity in a time of peril, felt pretty organic and i love the lineup. I really can’t wait to see what happens next issue.

    The art by Cates’ God Country co collaborator Geoff Shaw is typically fantastic, he’s so talented! Really though if you haven’t read God Country, go do it now! Shaw does exactly as well as one might expect, in the gigantic congregation i feel like he really shines where many artists might take it as an opportunity to slack a little.

    The colors by Marte Gracia are very dynamic, especially when *redacted for spoiler throws his *redacted for spoiler to get *redacted for spoiler out of *redacted for spoiler, saving the team.

  • 90

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    This book going to be huge and Cates is really doing some awesome things blazing a new trail in Marvel Cosmic and now he has been able to effectively shed some of the burden of catching people up we are really going to see this book get crazy. BUY IT!

  • 90

    Sequential Planet

    Overall, Marvel is having a fantastic start of 2019 with some amazing new (and returning) series. With such a great creative team helming the book, the Guardians are poised for a fantastic run. Can’t wait for the next issue!

  • 90


    The creative team melts nicely, one into the other, as Guardians of the Galaxy begin to take shape. Clearly, these four comic book creators are having a lot of fun with this project, and I had a lot of fun reading it. Of the half dozen-plus Guardians of the Galaxy #1 comics I’ve read, this one has me most looking forward to what we get next.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    Once everything comes together, though, this issue is a blast. The final action sequence is a ton of fun, thanks to Shaw’s kinetic art. And the final reveal of the issue, bringing together the team for this book going forward, is a ton of fun. For the problems that I have with this issue, I can’t help but be extremely excited about this book going forward. “Guardians of the Galaxy” #1 taps into something that has been missing from Marvel’s cosmic books for a long time, and it feels fantastic to be back. Now that the table is set, I’m hoping the following issue can really bring this series together to create something that is just as good at the older cosmic Marvel stories I hold close to my heart.

    “Guardians of the Galaxy” #1 hits the perfect tone for cosmic Marvel and leaves the reader excited for more.

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    Guardians of the Galaxy is a title that has tons of potential. If Cates can get this roster to mesh and work successfully together and then give the reader something a bit fresher to deal with than Thanos then I think Guardians of the Galaxy will turn out to be a blast to read.

  • 70

    Comics: The Gathering

    This issue didn’t quite suck me in like other Cates number ones have, but it scratches the itch for cosmic Marvel that’s been absent or rather mediocre since Duggan’s Guardians ended. There are nitpicks to be had but the plot has clear potential. It’s not all it could be presumably due to some deadlines and uninteresting shading, but the art serves the story well enough and might improve in turn.

  • 70


    This was a solid introductory issue that sets up all the main characters and lays out a pretty neat plot. The whole team is gathered by the end, there’s a solid reason why this motley crew is the new Guardians of the Galaxy, but Cates uses a lot of nifty cosmic characters/concepts to set everything up. He weaves in Knowhere, the Nova Corps, Hela, the Black Order and a ton of cosmic characters, like Silver Surfer and the Starjammers, just for kicks. And Cates writes them all well. All of the main characters get some solid dialogue and characterization to set them up as the new protagonists. It’s a good, enjoyable job all around. And yeah, I’m super pumped that Beta Ray Bill is a major player. Hopefully he gets to take part on War of the Realms later this year.

    I don’t really have any complaints. I haven’t been reading any of the Infinity Wars or cosmic event stuff, but I was able to keep up with all of the new status quos and whatnot. It’s obvious that Cosmic Ghost Rider is Cates’ favorite, but why shouldn’t he be? If you create a novelty character and they wind up as a breakout fan favorite, why not milk him for all he’s worth? And the art is really good, too. Everybody looks great, there’s lots of detail, the colors are solid; it’s a well-drawn comic with solid comic book art. The issue didn’t blow my socks off, but everything works well.

    First issue of the new relaunch goes off without a hitch, with solid characters, interesting plot and stellar art.

  • 60

    Major Spoilers

    It’s an “Everything you know is WRONG” plot, but it has some strong moments and assembles a weird cast of characters for what could a whole new Guardians era. Here’s hoping Cosmic Ghost Rider as a character can carry the load.

  • 60


    Presumably the people who have been reading the latest Infinity War mini-series may find this engaging but the rest of us will be horribly confused and the artwork isn’t good enough to make it worth muddling through the story.

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