While Marvel comics doesn’t have as much leniency as DC nor Marvel’s films, they still managed to find a way to encapsulate parts of Yondu’s movie persona into a 5-part mini series that connects the Guardian’s version to the original source material.
Marvel’s first iteration of Yondu, featured the character in a Native American representation, by using similar garb and a hunter/gatherer type lifestyle. The character however, still possesses both blue skin, the red fin, and the ability to control arrows with his voice.
When James Gunn took over the movie, Gunn made Yondu lose most of the fin and go for a more humorous personality, by making the character more care free and live life to the fullest. With a look after number one type of personality as well, we see Nadler and Thompson reflect that in this mini-series, focusing on Yondu stealing a valuable object and coming into contact with the original version of his character.
Each scene with Yondu is well composed in terms of the art from John McCrea. McCrea’s use of hatch marks and dots across each scene gives the story an older feel in terms of classic comic art. Compared to cleaner drawings that look more composed from digital formats, McCrea delivers a satisfying style, that I’ve only seen recently from DC’s Joelle Jones. With the choice of colors and classic stylized work, I thoroughly enjoyed the colors and art decisions in this issue. While the fights and situations, along with placements of panels wasn’t as strong; seeing art and shading in an older style compared to most modern comics was something I enjoyed.
While uncertain if this is going to be a self contained issue, I see this series being enjoyed by those who enjoyed Guardians. Nadler and Thompson include Yondu’s drinking and self preservation personality in the first issue. They also give us tondu’s ship with his butt plastered on the back, something that felt out of context in the overall story, but might be an attempt at channeling the movie version. We also see Yondu abandon his arrows in lieu of getting grills on his teeth. When they showed this, I thought it was another attept at comedy and relating to the movie in some capacity, but the movies still included the importance of Yondu’s arrow.
Seeing the authors change some important aspects of the character while incorporating their own for the sake of both comedy and making the series relateable to the films was unfortunate. While some elements felt more normal to a series taking notes from Gunn’s works, I disliked the liberty of removing the arrows from Yondu’s arsenal.
Overall, if this series is a self contained issue, then the authors did a good job so far and creating a series that will be enjoyed by fans of Guardians of the Galaxy. If this version of Yondu makes it into other series and he does permanently choose not to use his arrows for the sake of comedy, then I am not a fan. While the childish humour was fine at first, I’m hoping this series gets better in the next few issues, because as a 5 issue series, it has brought about a nice chemistry by mixing the two versions of Yondu.