Welcome to VOCIFERY, my attempt to re-watch every piece of media in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – every movie, every television series, every one-shot, every web series, and every tie-in comic book, using the Wikipedia entry on the MCU as a guide, before the release of Avengers 4 in May 2019. Join me as I write my thoughts about what I’m seeing, as I see it!
Also, spoilers follow – if you’re worried about that kind of thing, view before reading.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Prelude comic tie-in (2014)
Another short post.
There is literally nothing to write about here, and I suspect that is mostly to do with the order in which I’m viewing this content – watching the film (multiple times, maybe as many as ten times) before I ever set eyes on the comic tie-in.
The Guardians of The Galaxy Prelude comic is a scant two issues by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with art by Wellinton Alves and Manny Clark, with each issue following a different character, and no story strands connecting the two issues to each other.
The first issue follows Nebula, the daughter of Thanos and sister of Gamora, who is in the services of the Guardians’ primary antagonist Ronan The Accuser when we finally do meet her in the film. This book follows her as she infiltrates a base, set in a series of floating pyramids, in search of the orb – which, in the film, we find out contains the power stone.
The story is mixed with a series of flashbacks to Nebula’s horrific training under her father, Thanos, and the competitive nature of her relationship with Gamora, which is where I start to have a problem with the book. Since I’ve already seen the film, I already know she hates her father and was forced to compete with her sister. This wasn’t new information.
The second book is of even less use: it follows Rocket and Groot as they head to the crime-ridden base known as The Hub to make a deal or two, eventually getting into trouble with a local gangster and providing refuge to a family of mollusc-like creatures, before jetting off to get into trouble with the Nova Corps in the first act of the film.
Again, no new information here. I mean, I guess the book is trying to show us that Rocket and Groot are lovable crims with a heart of gold. But that information is in the film too.
So is the problem that I saw the film first? Or is the problem that the books do nothing to differentiate themselves from the film? Even if I had read the books first, I think I’d feel like they’re belabouring the point in the film – but since the film has to cover that ground (due to its much, much larger audience), you could argue the books are still at fault.
Anyway, another pair of disappointing comic book tie-ins. Move along.
Note: there is another comic book – titled Dangerous Prey – which exists in the universe at this point, but I was unable to locate a copy of it. Sorry.
Next: Captain America: The Winter Soldier!