Guardians of the Galaxy: Dream On returns our ragtag group of heroes to the setting they work best in: Outer Space. The story is a fun one-shot that explores what all of the Guardians really want and give us a fun fight to boot. It also includes a story from the 1990s run of the 30th Century version of the Guardians who run into an alien race that has acquired some very familiar technology and gives an quick history of that group.
In the main story, Marc Sumerak (Fantastic Four, Captain Marvel – No. Not that one) and Andrea Di Vito (Nova, Annihilation) give us a fun romp. We get to see what all of the Guardians would do if all their dreams came true. This is quickly revealed to be machine generated fantasy-worlds used by a bounty hunter to bring them in quietly. They quickly free each other and then move on to the big fight that has an ending that you can see coming from a mile away, but is still executed well.
The real fun is seeing what the various Guardians would be up to in their ultimate fantasies. They all make sense and yet are surprising in their own way. Well, except for Rocket. His ultimate fantasy could not have been more obvious.
The backup is a reprint of the first issue of the 1990’s run of the 30th Centruy Guardians by Jim Valentino (one of the founders of Image Comics) and Steve Montano (Animal Man, Eternal Warrior). The Guardians are searching for a a lost symbol of freedom and liberty, Captain America’s shield (How times have changed). The issue features a quick history of the group along with a preview of what was to come during the run of the series – them coming to face with the impact that the present day heroes had on the future, both good and bad.
This is a fun one-shot that is a good read, especially if you want a good Guardians story to get yourself psyched for the upcoming movie.
Writer: Marc Sumerak
Artist: Andrea Di Vito
Colorist: Laura Villari