Total Nerd The Best Guardians Of The Galaxy Storylines In Comics  

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The unbelievable success of Marvel’s most out-there film franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy, has sent countless new fans seeking out the very best Guardians of the Galaxy comics. However, these potential converts may be surprised to find out that the list of the modern Guardians of the Galaxy’s greatest adventures is actually quite short. That’s because the current version of the team has only been around for a decade or so, and before that the team name was used by a completely different group of heroes from the future. Even after Star-Lord formed the modern unit, it still took a number of years for the Guardians to really enter the Marvel mainstream.

Due to the relatively small amount of Guardians of the Galaxy story arcs out there, the team’s recent history has been crafted by only a handful of creators, which has helped to give their storylines a real consistency. Writing duo Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are primarily responsible for defining the modern Guardians, while Brian Michael Bendis spent more than four years as the team’s primary author. These individuals, and a few others, have combined to produce the very best Guardians of the Galaxy comic books in modern history.

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Thanos Imperative


Thanos Imperative is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Guardians Of The Galaxy Storylines In Comics
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Issues: Thanos Imperative #1-6

Writer: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning

Artist: Miguel Sepulvida & Brad Walker

The Thanos Imperative is not only considered one of the greatest Guardians of the Galaxy stories, but also one of the best Thanos tales ever written. A cosmic epic packed into a scant six issues, the story features an incursion from the neighboring “Cancerverse,” a nearby, bloated dimension where death had been defeated and life itself was perverted.

The Guardians go on a mission to bring Thanos into the Cancerverse as a means of reintroducing death, and things only get more dire from there.

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Annihilation: Conquest


Annihilation: Conquest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Guardians Of The Galaxy Storylines In Comics
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Issues: Annihilation: Conquest #1-6

Writer: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning

Artist: Tom Raney

Annihilation: Conquest is a sequel comic that maintains the impressive scope and epic narrative of its predecessor. Although a cosmic story, Conquest features an earthly villain, Ultron, who has taken over the technological race known as the Phalanx.

The action features most of the core Guardians, and the events of this series actually provided the impetus for the formation of the modern team.

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Communication Breakdown


Communication Breakdown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Guardians Of The Galaxy Storylines In Comics
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Issues: All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1-10

Writer: Gerry Duggan

Artist: Aaron Kuder

Taking over after years of Brian Michael Bendis, Gerry Duggan’s debut arc of All-New Guardians of the Galaxy set the team on a brand new path. Featuring a darker Gamora, a pacifist Drax, and a baby Groot, the Guardians were dramatically different here than they were on previous runs, all the while returning to their space-criminal roots.

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Realm Of Kings


Realm Of Kings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Guardians Of The Galaxy Storylines In Comics
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Issues: Guardians of the Galaxy #20-25

Writer: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning

Artist: Brad Walker

Realm of Kings marked the conclusion of Abnett and Lanning’s lengthy run on the title that defined the modern Guardians of the Galaxy, and it was epic in every sense of the word. This final tale features the Universal Church of Truth, a plot to resurrect Thanos, and some of the finest action sequences in the team’s history. The Guardians are at their most heroic in this grand finale.