02C92: I Am Groot

Monday Sinigang

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Because I knew Monday was going to be quite a Monday, I booked us tickets to watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after work. We just got back from watching it and we both enjoyed the movie a lot. It's a great bookend to Gunn's work at Marvel and for the Guardians themselves. I don't want to get into spoilers, but I'll just stress that I really liked it even if it may not be immediately accessible to everyone unless they've invested in the journey of this team over the years.

During the drive home, I got to thinking about the 2008 Abnett and Lanning run of Guardians of the Galaxy that obviously played a key role in inspiring this franchise. And while there are a LOT of differences between the comic book and movie depictions, both are worth loving for every different reasons.

I also realized that despite Spider-Man being my primary Marvel (or comic book) character, the Guardians of the Galaxy - or at least the contributions of Abnett and Lanning - play a very important role for me and my love for Marvel. The 90s Spider-Man Clone Saga had broken younger me at the time and I stopped buying those comics and started to move on. And I largely stayed away from comics through college and my early working life...until Infinite Crisis.

But wait, that's a DC comic - and that's true. But the rise of DC direct to video animated movies got me reading their comics again and I went through the full Infinite Crisis series and all of its supporting mini-series back in the day. And reading comics again had reinforced my love for the medium and I found myself wandering into the Annihilation series, which had a similar structure to Infinite Crisis but using what we consider to be cosmic Marvel characters coming together. And this series drew me back into reading Marvel titles again and this peaked (in my head) with the introduction of the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy of the team. I loved their run and the different intersecting titles that crossed into these cosmic stories snowballed into me reading more Marvel comics again and eventually giving the ongoing Spider-Man series a shot.

Thank you, Dan Slott.

 Every Guardians of the Galaxy movie has left me wanting to re-read all of these cosmic comics again and in some cases I've actually done that, at least for particular parts of the larger adventure. And I definitely need to slot it into my reading this year after that awesome movie.

Thank you, James Gunn.