Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 Review
An entertaining new team is formed in Asgardians of the Galaxy #1
SPOILERS FOR ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 ARE CONTAINED IN THIS ARTICLE!
The Guardians of the Galaxy are currently disbanded within the pages of Infinity Wars arc. Taking over in their stead is a new band of dysfunctional heroes in Asgardians of the Galaxy #1.
The Infinity Wars tie-in features a team led by former Guardian of the Galaxy member and Spawn villain, Angela. Filling out the roster is Valkyrie, Skurge the Executioner, Destroyer, Thunderstrike and Throg. Though an odd cast of characters, writer Cullen Bunn builds strong rapport between the characters despite their alpha-mentalities. A combination of dark humor, intrigue and banter are properly used to build a strong story with this team.
Also included in the group is Dr. Annabelle Riggs, a mortal archaeologist who shares a physical bond with Valkyrie (long story). She serves as the outsider and voice of reason for the group, in addition to her skills and experience with Asgardian artifacts.
The first issue centers primarily on the AOTG fighting trolls on the Planet of Temples, Draeketh, over a chest containing ancient Norse symbols that Riggs is brought in to study.
The story flashes back to prior to the battle that led the team to the planet. A group of dead, frozen dwarves are seen in open space after being tortured. The culprit is discovered as Nebula, who’s holding a new axe in one hand and the chain of the lone remaining dwarf in the other. The dwarf is seen offering a horn to Nebula while explains his role in the massacre. Nebula escapes with her new items and declaring:
“I’d love to stay and deal with you myself… but dear Gamora is out there trying to steal my thunder and take over the family business. So, I’m afraid I have places to be…a tune to play…and Ragnarok to unleash.”
Flash forward and the battle is stalled as the chest is broken, revealing its previous contents as a horn that calls upon Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, which contains a hoard of zombie gods who are waiting to be called into battle. The horn is revealed to be in the possession of Gamora by Kid Loki, who had been hiding within the armor of the Destroyer. The addition of Kid Loki throws a wildcard into the storyline within the intricate Infinity Wars plot.
Artist Matteo Lolli provides a visually stunning issue, combining bright colors with proper shading that captures the mood of these dark characters in space settings.
Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 hits the mark with the first issue. A strong cast of underused characters combined with a storyline that’s action-packed, fun and suspenseful is more than a typical tie-in, filler miniseries. The issue makes a strong case to see this band to become a regular series.