EDITORIAL: The Original GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: A Guide

Yesterday, we learned that the original Guardians of the Galaxy will be receiving an ongoing series in the October month. But just who are these guys and why should you read the series? Read on and you'll find out!

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By NovaCorpsFan - 6/26/2014

So, yesterday I reported on the Guardians of the Galaxy we were first introduced to in the '70s getting an ongoing series in October. This series is to be written by none other than Dan Abnett, which I think you'll all agree is some cause for celebration! But I noticed in the comments of that thread that quite a few people aren't too knowledgeable about these characters. So, here I am, in my infinite knowledge, to give you guys the low down on this team and the characters in it.

This team are actually active in the 30th Century of an alternate timeline that came about thanks to the team's leader, Vance Astro. While in the past, he told his younger self not to go the same way he had, thus, Vance and his team returned to their time while Vance's younger self became the super-hero known as Justice.

The team formed in revolt of the Badoon conquering of our galaxy. Resepctively, each member of the team is the last of their kind. Vance, the last man of the 20th Century. Charlie - 27, the last of the gravity-repellant Jovians. Martinex, the last of the crystalline humanoid Pluvians. And Yondu, the only real alien of the team as a Centaurian archer. Martinex and Charlie are actually members of races that consist of humans who were genetically engineered to live on other planets in the solar system. In their cases, Jupiter and Pluto. The team was later joined by an all-knowing and omnipotent being called Starhawk. Starhawk was a member of an extinct race of people who bore a strong resemblance to humans. However, Starhawk was actually the son of Quasar and Kismet of our timeline. He was kidnapped and raised on Arcturus by the Arcturans. He developed a friendship with his "sister" Aleta. When he and Aleta triggered a doomsday device accidentally, the Arcturans were wiped out, but Starhawk was born as both Aleta and Stakar (Starhawk) became one entity. The team was later joined by Nikki, a Mercurian, but we won't bother with her right now as it doesn't look like she'll be on the team in this new ongoing series. But, now that we've got specifics about the team, let's take a closer look at the members themselves!

CHARLIE - 27

A Jovian, Charlie is the strongman of the team. As a member of the genetically engineered Jovian race, Charlie has the ability to withstand insurmountable amounts of gravitational pressure as well as apply incredible force with his attacks. When in lower gravitational fields, Charlie can leap great distances thanks to his resistance to the effects of gravitational pull. Charlie developed a relationship with Nikki, the fire-haired Mercurian member of the team. He is also the team's main pilot.

 

YONDU

A Centaurian, Yondu is a very traditional and religious character. He possesses an incredible aptitude for archery. His arrows are actually made from a metal native to his homeowrld, Centauri IV, called Yaka Metal. This mysterious mineral actually responds to sound and Yondu uses this to his advantage in abttle. By letting out a series of whistles, Yondu can control the movements of the arrows he fires from his bow. He was the first team member to encounter Vance Astro when they were both captured by the Badoon on Centauri IV.

 

MARTINEX

A Pluvian, Martinex is a man made of crystaline silicone in order to withstand the harsh temperatures of the gaseous world of Pluto. Though most people would say Vance Astro is the team's leader, it is actually Martinex who holds that title, as well as being the science officer. Martinex possesses the ability to shoot beams of pure heat or pure cold from his hands. An intellectual, Martinex develops most of the machinery and tech used by the team, such as the stars they wear on their chests which act as homing beacons and communication devices.

 

MAJOR VICTORY



The only human of his time period left alive, Vance Astro was fired into space in the 20th Century.. His destination: Centauri IV. However when he reached the planet a thousand years later, he found it had already been colonised by humans as they had developed faster-than-light travel during his voyage in cryo-stasis. Now, he was stuck in his copper suit, as removing it would cause his cells to age rapidly and Vance would die of old age and actually turn to dust. Vance is actually a mutant and possesses telepathic and telekinetic abilites. During his adventures with the team, he recovered the lost shield of Captain America being guarded by the mysterious Mainframe in an abandoned space facility. Vance also has the ability to fire telekinetic blasts from his mind.

 

STARHAWK

Starhawk is an omnipotent being made up of two people. Stakar and Aleta Ogord. The two grew up believeing themselves to be brother and sister, until it was discovered that Stakar was adopted and also a mutant. After the two bonded into one being, they ventured out into space and settled down to a quiet life, even having three children. The children were killed by Korvac and Starhawk enlisted the aid of the Guardians to defeat Korvac. It was later revealed that Starhawk is a being who has lived out his life several times, thus revealing why he says, "Trust the word of one who knows." He has experienced everything before and believes he exists purely to prevent Korvac from ever succeeding in his plans for universal domination. Starhawk's suit uses solar sails to allow him to fly through space. He can also project beams of pure light from his hands.


If you want to read more about the team's adventures, i highly reccomend stories such as The Korvac Saga, Earth Shall Overcome and Quest For The Shield. All stories are essential to the mythos of this incredible team and are also damned good reads!


So, that's it, the original Guardians of the Galaxy in a nutshell. I hope this little analysis has sparked your interest in these amazing characters and that you might even decide to pick up the forthcoming ongoing seires for the team. Hit the red glove if you enjoyed the read and be sure to leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section below! And if you missed the news, check it out at the source link below!

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Pasto - 6/26/2014, 5:43 AM
This series looks like it will be dope.
Doopie - 6/26/2014, 5:48 AM
so Vance is a bit like Dave Lister?


Thanks for the info Nova. Dunno if I'll be picking up this series but I like others was a bit clueless about the original guardians
NovaCorpsFan - 6/26/2014, 6:01 AM
Doopie, you just referenced Red Dwarf, you are officially now being held in much higher esteem than you were before.
Doopie - 6/26/2014, 6:06 AM
lol thanks. love that show.


"but where do all the calculators go?" - one of the best lines ever!
CaptainSporty - 6/26/2014, 6:13 AM
I thin you should do more of these. This was pretty darn helpful.
NovaCorpsFan - 6/26/2014, 6:19 AM
"I've already got a name for us! The Center for the Liberation and Integration of Terrifying Organisms and their Rehabilitation into Society. Um, one small drawback with that, the abbreviation is C.L.I.T.O.R.I.S." - My favourite line from the show. I'm actually cosplaying Rimmer to Dublin Comic Con this year.
Doopie - 6/26/2014, 6:20 AM
Sweet costume idea, you got any mates going as the rest of the crew?
NovaCorpsFan - 6/26/2014, 6:23 AM
My buddy's going as Lister. Gonna get a cigarette and put it in his ear and everything.
Doopie - 6/26/2014, 6:27 AM
make sure to pack the holowhip...just in case
NovaCorpsFan - 6/26/2014, 6:31 AM
Oh, I will. Shit might get crazy.
AlexanderLykins - 6/26/2014, 6:35 AM
How did I miss this news?
AlexanderLykins - 6/26/2014, 6:44 AM
My dad starting reading the original Guardians of the Galaxy comics around the same age I'm going to start reading this. That in and of itself is [frick]ing awesome.
NovaCorpsFan - 6/26/2014, 6:44 AM
AlexanderLykins

I've put the news article as the source if you wanna check it out.
MileHighRonin - 6/26/2014, 6:56 AM
Nice article, I loved them in defenders. Yondu is, my favorite. Excited he is going to be in the film. Just hope he isn't a villian. I mean he is an original member. Time gem sends him back to warn quill perhaps. Also love they guy playing him. Also charlie always cracked me up with his look. I AM GROOT!!!
AlexanderLykins - 6/26/2014, 6:59 AM
@NovaCorpsFan
I just did. These were the first comics I ever read. Marvel Presents Issue #3 to be exact.
MileHighRonin - 6/26/2014, 7:00 AM
Wow, just noticed they made Charlie taller than his initial look.
AlexanderLykins - 6/26/2014, 7:01 AM
Vance Astro is my favorite Marvel character sans Silver Surfer and Hulk.
batz11 - 6/26/2014, 7:38 AM
Good stuff Nova!
cipher - 6/26/2014, 7:39 AM
Good writeup as always, mate. I'll start hunting those stories down through Marvel's digital library.

I like digital. Makes it easier to carry shit when I'm on the move without actually, y'know, carrying shit.
yossarian - 6/26/2014, 7:39 AM
Good stuff.

yossarian - 6/26/2014, 7:41 AM
I spent all afternoon yesterday looking for a picture I have and couldn't find it.

It looks like a velvet painting thing of Angela from "Who's the Boss" and some tigers in the background. It's pretty much amazing. I didn't find it. [frick].

NovaCorpsFan - 6/26/2014, 7:48 AM
ciph

I much prefer physical comics and trade paperbacks to digital stuff. Not only that, but I read a study somewhere that reading things off of an electronic device actually has a deteriorating effect on the brain as opposed to reading from a page.

yoss

Never lose hope, I believe in you! You will find that picture!
Vortigar - 6/26/2014, 8:08 AM
"Ah, so you're a waffle man!"
BatManiac - 6/26/2014, 8:10 AM
Great write up Nova. I didn't really know much about the original GOTG, so props to you for the history lesson.
NovaCorpsFan - 6/26/2014, 8:18 AM
Vortigar

Haha, that toaster cracks me up.
NovaCorpsFan - 6/26/2014, 8:26 AM
And just so y'all know, I'm gonna do one of these for a lot of cosmic Marvel teams. I'm doing one on the Annihilators next and might even do one centred around Rocket Raccoon's early adventures, because they're some great stories purely due to how absolutely bat-shit crazy they are.
DeusExSponge - 6/26/2014, 9:22 AM
NovaCorpsFan - You're a god amongst men and I look forward to your future articles!
DEVLIN712 - 6/26/2014, 9:29 AM
Great write up Nova! I've never read too much Cosmic Marvel, I read the Infinity saga last year. Need to wrap up Infinity and then get onto Original Sin, I'm hoping this series will act as a jump in point for me.
NovaCorpsFan - 6/26/2014, 11:27 AM
DeusEx

I wouldn't go that far!

DEV

Good on you. Great to see more cosmic fans popping out of the woodwork.
quadrapioneer - 6/26/2014, 4:57 PM
These were my Guardians...
dcnoob122 - 6/26/2014, 5:02 PM
this was a good article. It helped alot.
Superhero96 - 6/26/2014, 6:13 PM
One of my favorite moments in Comics was when Starlord's Guardians met Major Victory and again when they were going through time and met more of the team
OriginalGuardiansPlease - 6/26/2014, 8:54 PM
Good article but You have a few mistakes in it.
The Guardians were not first introduced in the 70s. It was actually 1969.
They are active in the 31st century not the 30th.
The big tagline in the 90s series was "Explore the Marvel Universe in the 31st Century with the Guardians of the Galaxy".

MightyZeus - 6/27/2014, 7:21 AM
Good article, it was very informative despite a few problems i have with it. I'm glad you took the effort.
The Guardians are actually set in the 31st Century as "OriginalGuardiansPlease"

I am looking forward to picking up the new series. I actually do own a GOTG first edition of when the team appeared. I've never opened it to look inside it.
OriginalGuardiansPlease - 6/28/2014, 4:14 PM
MightyZeus do yourself a favor and read their first story...either by opening your copy or pickup Tomorrow's avengers volume 1. It is a good read. Actually I would suggest you just pickup the tomorrow's avengers TPB....lots of other great early stories in there!

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