After two issues of Dan Abnett's new GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, I have to say it has now become my favorite current Marvel series. I did not see that coming. But it has jumped over both CAPTAIN AMERICA (#1) and NOVA (#2) to the top spot, because it so perfectly combines cosmic stuff with character stuff, drama with humor, action with pure fun.
I'll leave it at those generalities for now, and not go into all the details-- but if you're not reading this book, give it a shot. It has everything that made ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST so good (and so vastly better than the original) plus a lot more. As good as Abnett is on NOVA, this book is even better because he has a whole cast of characters who mesh (or who don't!) together in very fun ways.
And Pelletier's and Magyar's art on it is gorgeous.
I want this book to sell because I want to keep reading it!
And if you like Abnett's writing, check out his great Warhammer 40,000 novels. You don't have to know a lot about that world to enjoy his books. I particularly recommend the RAVENOR trilogy, though the EISENHORN trilogy is great, too... and most of the GAUNT'S GHOSTS books have been very good (a couple of them were fantastic), though that series is a bit uneven.
This was a book I was prepared to hate, and now I find myself wildly excited for the next issue. (Sort of like how I felt about Young Avengers originally.) The first two issues have been a blast, and they've got me hooked with the reappearance of a certain old school Guardian.