Annihilators marks the first issue since the tragic end to the Guardians of the Galaxy. Despite the "rag-tag" crew that made up the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Annihilators have big shoes to fill!
So once again Abnett and Lanning team up to give Marvel audiences a cosmic adventure. They seem to have the market cornered on all things cosmic, and I am not entirely sure that this is a good thing. In my humble opinion, it always helps the creative juices to have a little competition chomping at your heels. DnA seem to have carte blanche with regards to Marvel's deep, cold space.
Peter Quill's dying wishes were to secure a more powerful team to take over for the Guardians of the Galaxy. He always suffered from an inferiority complex with regards to his team and their abilities. Well, this team certainly gives new meaning to the word powerful. With Gladiator, Silver Surfer, Beta Ray Bill, Quasar, and Ronin the Accuser claiming membership, space villains should consider a new line of work.
Abnett and Lanning stumble onto something interesting with this stud dynamic. What if they are too powerful? I mean, all five of them are potential world breakers. Isn't it possible to have too many "Hulks" on one team? This is the question that arises within the team.
A cosmic threat by the name of Dr. Dredd arises which is sure to bring the team closer together. Add an appearance from a new twist on a classic Space Knight and we have ourselves a whole new space drama.
It is clear that DnA are only getting their feet wet with this inaugural issue. Only time will tell if this team is too powerful to hold the interest of the cosmic readers.
As an added treat, DnA and Timothy Green provide the readers with a short story at the back revolving around the current whereabouts of Rocket Racoon and Groot.
I really enjoyed Green's linear style and the colouring of Nathan Fairbairn helps a lot. Truth be told, I am almost more interested in finding out how Rocky can save Groot than I am in our new omega powered space team. The new information revealed about Groot is very interesting to say the least, and his predicament at the end of the book is priceless.
So all in all, I would consider this book a fine purchase. Nothing ground shattering, but entertaining nonetheless.