Marvel by Moebius.
A great artist can take a classic design and make it their own while keeping the essence intact. Moebius was definitely one of the greats.
— Jack Kirby
Doom Patrol covers by Simon Bisley.
I’m sorry… but this show looks beautiful.
Marvel’s Original Graphic Novel series 4th installment is a Jim Starlin story dedicated to his most famous & his (presumably) favorite characters Thanos the Mad Titan & Adam Warlock!
Thanos the Infinity Revelation is about Thanos & Adam Warlock having a discussion for 100 pages, steam rolling thru the Annihilators, a group composed of power house characters like Ronan the Accuser, Silver Surfer, Beta Ray Bill while the protagonist of the story sits comfortably at his throne, are comic fights supposed to be engaging with obstacles or for Starlin to demonstrate that his characters are better than anyone else’s?
If by chance, you are new to Marvel comics and you’re intrigued about this mysterious mad Titan who has had two small appearances in the cinematic universe, Starlin happily spends 6 entire pages giving exposition about Thanos’ entire continuity from all the important events. This comic is riddled with references to other comics, loaded with exposition about characters or what X or Y is to Z or Ö characters/events. It doesn’t show you these things much, but it will tell you everything.
Starlin happily concludes the story by making his characters, literally become the focal point of the entire Marvel universe. I honestly do not doubt anyone at the Marvel office nor will fans (outside of Starlin’s own) ever reference to acknowledge this comic at all.
It’s not new reader friendly, or engaging to older Marvel fans.
The Guardians of the Galaxy is the 10th movie from the ever growing imperium of Marvel Studios. Written & directed by James Gunn with Nicole Perlman as co-writer. It’s based off the comic title of the same name, by the work of Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning from their 2008-2010 run.
Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is the legendary Outlaw, or is he? Paired with misfits like the bounty hunters Rocket Raccoon & Groot (Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) & the assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), you have a group of outlaws becoming the heroes.
Each character gets defined; with moments to shine, hilarious jokes, background development & setting up for a characterization arc. You’ll relate to these characters because the actors deliver solid performances. Vin Diesel has a single line to say, but he delivers those lines perfectly with each given scene, added with awesome moments, making him an audience favorite. Bradley Cooper & the CGI-animation on our furry little friend Rocket gets the most devilish grin on an adorable raccoon ever. You’ll just love to see the mayhem he creates & giving Boba Fett the run for his money.
Drax the Destroyer, who begins as a slight bore, gains impeccable character growth, which will lead to more spacious intriguing character arcs, I wish would have had a better fight choreographer for Dave Bautista’s hand to hand combat scenes, but Drax definitely gets one of the best laugh out moments of the movie.
Gamora is a slight disappointment, from the world’s most dangerous woman; she suffers heavily under women in distress tropes & gets rescued too many times by our leading male hero. Luckily, these little nuisances are forgettable at the end of its day. You’re just here to laugh, don’t take this film too serious from its basic script.
Chris Pratt, our main hero who hasn’t act as lead in blockbuster movies before, nails it. Charismatic & is a genuine heartfelt dick-head, who was trained in the art of douché by Yondu (played by your favorite thug Michael Rooker). Star-Lord is freaking awesome, his combat style is both clever & fun to watch. He’s definitely up there with Robert Downey Junior when it comes to charm levels.
With the only memory left of Earth is his Mother & a Sony Walkman with his personal mix tape of Awesomeness, James Gunn enhances the movie with pop culture sweetening jokes and great bits of musical blast from the past. Puma Swede, Michael Jackson & the Jackson Five, David Bowie, Redbone, it’s just so beautiful.
Story motivated by a magical MacGuffin, another Infinity Stone to build up the ongoing story of Marvel Cinematic Universe, with yet another one-dimensional villains to oppose our heroes; Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), & his acolytes Nebula (Karen Gillan) & Korath (Djimon Hounsou) but look. You’re not here to care about the most basic adventure to save the world plot from more one-note villains Marvel is duking out. You’re here to experience cinema! You’re here to laugh, cheer & fell in love with each of these assholes.
The Guardians of the Galaxy will return & so we will us.
PS. Hey kids! Did anyone notice Lloyd Kaffman had a cameo in this movie?!
Shots fired, shade thrown
From Secret Avengers #5, drawn by Mike Walsh, colored by Matt Wilson, written by…me.
- The British male voice actor for the Inquisitor is Harry Hadden-Patton, and the American male voice actor is Jon Curry.
- The British female voice actor for the Inquisitor is Alix Wilton Regan, and the American female voice actor is Sumalee Montano.