Review: Drax #1

January 20th, 2016 | by Mitch Nissen
Review: Drax #1
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Summary:

Be prepared for a bizarre mix in terms of style, Looney Tunes meets Conan the Barbarian. If you loved Drax in Annihilation, be prepared for something jarringly different.

Drax shot to prominence for his appearance in Guardians Of The Galaxy, but comics fans know the character has had a much longer and more intricate history. Our Mitch Nissen dove in to Drax The Destroyer’s newest portrayal in Drax #1 by Marvel Comics.

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The destroyer of Thanos. The Guardian of the Galaxy. The movie star. Drax is back in his first solo book in ten years as a part of Marvel’s “All New All Different” brand. Issue #1 debuted last November, from writers Cullen Bunn and CM Punk, artist Scott Hepburn, and colour artist Matt Milla.

Get ready for a sword-cleaving, limb-severing, skull-crushing comic book experience.

Background:

Drax first appeared in Iron Man #55, in February of 1973, alongside his nemesis Thanos. Created by Jim Starlin, the character was given nigh unstoppable power for the sole purpose of destroying Thanos. He had a number of adventures with Captain Marvel and The Avengers in 1970’s before taking a more prominent role in the 1990’s thanks to the event  Infinity Gauntlet. In 2005, writer Keith Giffen and artists Mitch and Elizabeth Breitweiser gave Drax a complete overhaul transforming him into The Destroyer he is today. But it wasn’t until 2014, with the motion picture Guardians of the Galaxy that Drax became a household name.

Synopsis: The Guardians of the Galaxy are caught in the middle of a battle. The tide of battle turns as Drax enters the fray, ripping an enemy in half with his bare hands. His bloodlust is so extreme it’s off-putting to the rest of his teammates. After the battle, everyone goes their separate ways, no one wanting to stay anywhere near Drax. Having nothing better to do, Drax borrows a space ship from Rocket Raccoon and decides to go kill Thanos. With nowhere to look, Drax aimlessly wanders the spaceways until his loaner spaceship crash lands on a lonely desert planet. Stranded, he wanders into a dive bar filled with nefarious fellows and a former Herald of Galactus!

Analysis:

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The comic book adopts a polarizing style of slapstick humor and brutal violence, almost as if the writers were channeling the spirit of Evil Dead II. The artwork compliments the humor with an equally goofy approach. The colors and inks are vibrant and well done. The book captures Drax’s humor from the film while keeping the character’s single-mindedness and dedication to his task as the Destroyer.

With the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie there has been a shift within Marvel comics to make their characters more like their film counterparts. It started with Star-Lord, then moved to Rocket and Groot, and now Drax. Cullen Bunn and CM Punk give us the film version of Drax instead of the classic comic rendition. Readers who’ve never read a comic about Drax, but are familiar with the movie, can jump right in feeling as if they already know the character. This iteration is strikingly different from the Drax who ripped Thanos’s heart out in Annihilation and closer to the Drax of the 1990’s where he was a simpleton prone to fits of homicidal rage.

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That being said, if you’re a fan of Annihilation and that version of Guardians of the Galaxy this book may not be for you. It’s only the first issue, but there are no references to any of the character’s 43 years of comic history. This makes it easy for new readers to jump on and not have to worry about catching up on character past story lines. On the flip side, this book offers little for longtime readers and no reward for having kept up with the character. Whether this is due to editorial choices or the choice of the writers is up for speculation. There are no references to Brian Bendis’s previous Guardians of the Galaxy volume either, but to be honest Drax was scarcely used in that book.

So, if you’re new to Drax and interested in the character you should give this book a try.

Issue #2 is already out and issue #3 is coming soon.

Be prepared for a bizarre mix in terms of style, Looney Tunes meets Conan the Barbarian. If you loved Drax in Annihilation, be prepared for something jarringly different.

 

Mitch Nissen is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow us on Twitter: @ComiConverse

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Jarringly Different

Be prepared for a bizarre mix in terms of style, Looney Tunes meets Conan the Barbarian. If you loved Drax in Annihilation, be prepared for something jarringly different.

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  • Chris Policky

    I look forward to reading more from you

  • Thank you! I hope to continue hearing comments from great people like yourself!

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