Asgardians of the Galaxy #1
Written by: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Matteo Lolli
Color by: Federico Blee
Cover by: Dale Keown
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s about…
Spinning out of the events of INFINITY WARS comes an epic space opera from DEADPOOL veterans Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli! Angela, the not-so-beloved half-sister of Thor. The hotheaded Valkyrie – and the human who shares her form, Annabelle Riggs. Skurge the Executioner, freshly returned from Hel. Throg, the mightiest frog of thunder. Kevin Masterson, the boy who took his father’s mace to become the hero Thunderstrike. And the Destroyer, the Asgardian armor built to take down Celestials – its wielder unknown.
The events of INFINITY WARS set NEBULA off on a quest to rule the galaxy – wielding an Asgardian weapon even Thor would fear – and it’s up to this team of gods, assassins, frogs and heroes to stop her.
What I thought about it..
Spinning out (kind of) of the current Infinity Wars event, Asgardians of the Galaxy sees the return of Angela, warrior angel, and illegitimate half-sister of Thor. She’s a character I’ve enjoyed since her Spawn days, and her mid 90’s mini-series remains one of my favorites. But it’s still strange to see her in the Marvel Universe.
Anyways at the start of this issue, Angela puts together a team of fellow Asgardians. The all new team includes: Throg, Skurge, archaeologist Annabelle Riggs, (Valkyrie), Thunderstrike, and an unknown wielder of The Destroyer armor. Not long after joining forces, they find themselves squaring off against none other than Nebula, who stands between Angela and whatever her goal is.
It’s actually a very simple set up, but Cullen Bunn makes it work with some witty dialogue, and some nice character development. While this issue doesn’t answer a lot of questions, there are some nice reveals towards the end. I also appreciated that by issue’s end, the entire team is together. None of this let’s take six issues before the team forms BS. After reading Asgardians of the Galaxy #1, you know who the main characters are, and what they can do. So well done Cullen Bunn!
In the art department, Matteo Lolli’s art captures the cosmic level theme of the book quite well. Most of the time I felt like I was looking at a Vikings in space comic, and that’s not a bad thing. The action scenes are jammed with detail, and the colors are out of this world. I think its safe to say the art is one of the book’s best assets.
If I had one complaint about this book, it would be that it doesn’t explain why Thunderstrike looks so young. I had to Google to find out this is the son of the original Thunderstrike. This info could easily have been put in an editor’s note, but I guess most comics don’t do that these days.
Even so, Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 was a pleasant surprise. This issue has a fun and lively script, and art that is gorgeous throughout. Whether you’re reading Infinity Wars or not, this is one comic that is an easy jump on point for new readers, and a lot of fun for old readers like me.
Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 score: A-