Marvel has grown increasingly fond of attaching the “All-New” prefix to relaunched comics, regardless of whether it’s actually justified. Can this latest incarnation of Guardians of the Galaxy truly be described as “All-New” when it features the same five characters who have headlined the franchise since 2012? Perhaps not, but a fresh creative team and terrific sense of style do serve to make this a worthwhile jumping-on point.
If anything, the Guardians become more movie-friendly than ever with this relaunch. Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder jettison all the Earth-based characters from the previous series and narrow the cast back down to Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot. This series gets bizarrely specific in its attempts to mirror the MCU, including Star-Lord’s obsession with his cassette tape player and Groot reverting to his baby form. In some ways, it feels like Marvel is playing it disappointingly safe with this relaunch. Coupled with the nostalgia-laden approach on X-Men Gold so far, this could be a bad sign for the upcoming Legacy relaunch.