We’re two issues into the Original Sin crossover, Guardians of the Galaxy #19, and I think this may be the last book I buy with the Original Sin header. This story arc has promised to finally answer what happened to Starlord, Nova, Drax and Thanos in the cancerverse after The Thanos Imperative. Although this has led to a slight diversion from the ongoing story, I’m happy that Marvel took the time to go back and explain what happened instead of ignoring the continuity like they occasionally have in the past. I do have a theory that the reason for addressing this is somewhat related to the successful Guardians of the Galaxy movie based off the past Guardians series and trying to bridge the two series more coherently for new fans of the series.
The Marvel all-star, Brian Michael Bendis was the writer for this issue. Ed McGuinness did the pencils. Mark Farmer, Mark Morales, John Livesay, and Ed McGuinness did the inks for this issue. Jason Keith did the colors and VC’s Cory Petit was the letterer. The cool cover with Starlord and Nova was done by Ed McGuinness and Justin Ponsor.
Guardians of the Galaxy #19 Plot
Issue #18 left us with Starlord wielding the cosmic cube and this issue starts right there. Then Starlord uses the cube to seemingly kill Thanos once and for all (again). Sadly, this doesn’t work as well as Starlord, Nova and Drax had thought it did and Thanos shows up again to kill Starlord. They then realize that life and death aren’t constants in the cancerverse, like they are in our dimension. After they have this revelation, they come face to face against a parallel version of the Avengers called the Revengers.
Guardians of the Galaxy #19 Words and Art
Brian Michael Bendis has done a good job handling this story without losing all of the momentum that the book had. The major way that he does this is by making the book a story being told by Starlord to Gamora instead of just a straight up flash-back. I haven’t read the Abnett and Lanning run on Guardians or any of the related cosmic books in that era. I assume that all of this accurately coincides with those books and the one complaint that I have is that he didn’t give really give any background information as to where this story begins. I do have a basic knowledge of these events and what happened, but I would be afraid that this may turn off new readers and people with a lower overall knowledge of the Marvel universe.
The art done in this issue was done by Ed McGuinness. I really liked his artwork throughout the issue and the one character who I especially like his interpretation of was Thanos. The major problem that I had with his work was how he drew Starlord. Maybe the problem lays more with me than his actual work, but his Peter Quill looked too much like a young blond Wolverine for my taste.
This was a pretty good overall issue that started to get us closer to the answers that this storyline promised. For anyone who read the first Guardians series with this team I would definitely recommend picking up this arc and trying out this series.
CBH Score: 4.3/5 Stars