My mission: to explore new worlds… or something like that.

This post is part two, so to read part one, click here.

GOTGLEGACYIf you have ever attempted to enter the world of comics, you learn quickly that in order to follow any story line, you need a time machine because there is not enough time in the world to begin at the beginning. Mostsuperhero stories began decades ago so any attempt to read them is nearly impossible.

The one benefit of the Guardians of the Galaxy is that it’s a minor comic and not as popular as X-Men or Captain America, thus meaning its canon is much smaller. As I mentioned in the first post, I had this feeling during the Guardians movie that I would like the characters better in their original form. So to find where to start, I went to the very trusted Google.

The Guardians of the Galaxy first appeared in the Marvel Universe in 1969 in the #18 issue of Marvel Superheroes. They appeared in several different comics until the 1990’s when they finally appeared in a solo comic that ran for 62 issues. (Please note this information is coming straight from Wikipedia, so if any of it is incorrect, please don’t blame me). I, however, chose not to start from the beginning for a few reasons.

Reasons I chose not to begin at the beginning:

  • Being new to comics, I judge them on their appearance. Since I wanted to give this a genuine chance, I chose not to start with the originals for fear of cheesy art.
  • Also, the original team is very different from the team in the movie and would just be confusing.
  • It’s harder to find the older comics.

With these reasons in hand and a handy Google search on the best place to start reading Guardians of the Galaxy, I had two different storylines to choose from. Guardians was rebooted in 2008 by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning in Annihilation: Conquest which sets up the rebuilding of the team. My second choice was Guardians of the Galaxy: Legacy which is a crossover story that continues in the War of Kings and Realm of Kings storylines. I chose to begin with Legacy mostly because it contained many of the same characters as the movie.

I ordered Legacy, and WWAROFKINGSar of Kings Vol. 1, along with the first book of Annihilation from the library and settled down to wait… and wait… and wait some more until FINALLY they arrived.

That very day I sat down, opened Legacy, and… finished it that very same day. To say that I liked it would be an understatement. It was fast-paced and full of surprises. There were several time I had to just “go along” with the storyline because the characters would reference previous events that happened in other plotlines, but it never became too confusing.

It took awhile to get used to the art and I still have no idea how Gamora managed to be so awesome in such a skimpy outfit, but the writers were very adept at including backstory within the comic to allow new readers to understand who people were and why they were important.

A few days later I sat down with War of Kings, Vol. 1 and was very annoyed that it ended on a cliffhanger because I’m still waiting for Volume 2. It’s been so long since I was that sucked in to something I was reading. I couldn’t stop and didn’t want to. I never really had an opinion of comic books before this, but now I can say that I am intrigued at what other stories are out there. I’ve ordered some X-Men ones, so we’ll see how that goes!

Now if only I could get excited about other books to read. 🙂

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What to do when you can’t finish a book to save your life.

I’ve been in a reading rut of sorts. For the last few months, nearly every book I’ve begun was never finished. I would get to about page 50 and they stop because it hadn’t hooked me yet.

A list of books I’ve completed in the last few months:

  • Ender’s Game- Orson Scott Card
  • We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
  • Welcome to the Dark House- Laurie Faria Stolarz (I hesitate to count this one because it kind of sucked, but was scary enough to need to read the conclusion)
  • Rose Under Fire- Elizabeth Wein
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda- Tom Angleberger
  • The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy- Kate Hattemer
  • She is not Invisible- Marcus Sedgwick

Now, this list might seem extensive to some, but of these books, I only truly enjoyed three of them. Reading a books has become like pulling teeth, which is like a really bad nightmare.

Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about this problem and why exactly reading has been less pleasurable and I’ve come to a semi-conclusion: My tastes in books has changed and I missed the memo. It is logical to assume that this happened because it has happened in other parts of my life.

My taste in music changed (quite drastically, I might add). So has my taste in television and my taste in movies. It’s all changed because I’ve changed, something that happens to be a normal occurrence in life. In order to get out of this rut, I decided I needed to do something drastic…

So now we must rewind a bit to earlier this summer when a movie called The Guardians of the Galaxy was released into theatres. Everyone seemed to love this film. The raved about it and so I got excited. Now, superhero movies and I have an interesting past. Rarely have I seen any of the Marvel movies at the time of their release. For some reason I always waited until they were on DVD or on Netflix before seeing them. I generally end up like most of them (except for the first Iron Man and I haven’t even bothered with the Hulk ones).

I did end up seeing Captain America 2 in theatres and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to see the Guardians movie. We went to a drive-in theatre, got comfortable, and then… I strongly disliked it. Ever have those moments when you realize that you are trying really hard to like something? Yeah, that was me watching this movie.

It had some shining moments, but overall it just felt like a placeholder full of juvenile dialogue and too many jokes (that no one was laughing at, btw). There’s a film critic that I sometimes enjoy reading who agrees with my sentiments. But one thing that stood out about the movie, was this feeling that I would like these character better in their comic book form.

So I decided to do something I had never done before: read a comic book.

Find out what happened in my next post! (Don’t you hate when people do that?)