By now you've either seen the new hit Marvel film or you've seen it take over your social media feeds. Everyone loves rooting for the underdog/antihero and the film does a fantastic job of playing that up. Even though the Guardians have an epic name and series to call their own, they are a band of misfits first and superheroes second. For those looking to check out more about Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Gamorra, Groot, and Drax the Destroyer, we've pulled together a list of titles for you.
The movie tie-in!: As a direct prequel to the film, this is the ideal collection to help you get more of the characters from the big screen. There's plenty of introductions and back stories for each of the characters as well as cameos from other characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe such as Iron Man and The Hulk!
Want to jump into the comics? Start here!: This newest iteration of The Guardians of the Galaxy series by Marvel scribe Brian Michael Bendis will be your best introduction to these characters within the Marvel Comic Universe. There's enough back story to immediately get you invested in the characters and the artwork is stunning. Volume 3 below is a crossover story between the Guardians and the All-New X-Men, that's a different reading guide for another blog post!
Dig into the classic space opera: Back in 2007 Marvel told a massive galaxy spanning story involving The Guardians of the Galaxy along with a few familiar names from the film including the Nova Corps, Ronan the Accuser, and Thanos. The story begins with the Annihilation book series but if you want to get right into The Guardians feel free to jump in at volume 1.
Where the Marvel Cinematic Universe isHeaded: Spoiler Alert (highlight the text following to continue reading):Even before Guardians of the Galaxy the Infinity Stones have been showing up in a number of films. Undoubtedly it's all building up to something and that climax has to do with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet.
Extra Curricular Reading: It's not a Marvel film without a few Easter Eggs and character cameos. Check out these books below to find out about some of the characters and organizations that showed up in the new movie.