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Free GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY comics to familiarize you with the characters

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 8:22 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on August 1st of 2014. Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, aka Peter Quill, seems an easy sell since he is likable and relatable, but will the other outlandish characters, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot (a giant tree) and Rocket Raccoon (an anthropomorphic raccoon) be a hit with audiences unfamiliar with the comic. Marvel knows they may be a hard sell, so they’re releasing four free digital comic issues that each center on one of the lesser-known characters.

Starting with Drax the Destroyer (available now), Marvel’s four free issues centering on the Guardians of the Galaxy are available through the Marvel Comics app. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, the first story in the series gives a good introduction to Drax and shows that he’s quite the badass as he defends himself against some substantial threats.

The presentation on your smartphone or tablet keeps the iconic panel feel of classic comics with a high-tech method of swiping to advance the story. As Bendis says:

“An Infinite comic book is exploring the new world of digital publication but still maintaining the essential elements that makes a comic book a comic book. Most digital comic books are essentially scanned pages that the reader has limited ability to manipulate, but an Infinite comic makes the reader part of the sequential storytelling.”

Bendis further commented on the upcoming issues:

“Each one is sort of a prologue to the very first issue that lets the readers know who these characters are and what their individual goals are outside of the team. What makes Gamora tick? What secret is rocket raccoon hiding? What cost comes from being one of the galaxies most famous warriors like Drax the Destroyer?”

Finally, Bendis commented on the heroes themselves and how well they’ll fit into Marvel’s slate of feature films:

“They are very unique individuals but there’s something very classical about them as a group, like Robin Hood and his Merry Men, like Firefly, like Han Solo and Chewbacca. The Guardians are characters that have risen above their terrible upbringing and have chosen to do something worthwhile in this lifetime. That makes them heroes. The fact that they are so unique, the fact that most of them are one-of-a-kind, makes them all the more heroic.”

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