Well, the long-awaited debut of CM Punk the comic book writer is here with Marvel's Drax #1.
The WWE SuperStar turned UFC Fighter turned comic book writer has been paired with Cullen Bunn on the story focusing on the character made famous by another pro-wrestler, Dave Bautista in "Guardians of the Galaxy."
I enjoyed this book for what it was, which is a quick-moving -- seriously I was shocked at how quickly I breezed through this one -- violent and quirky book on a character who hasn't had the spotlight shined on him much.
There's not a lot of depth to this first issue, which is easily its weakest aspect, but the story does what it set out to do. The future is set up, we get a solid look at what Bunn and Punk's Drax is going to resemble, and we get to look at some really solid artwork from Scott Hepburn.
After Drax leads the Guardians to a head-smashing victory, he gets a spaceship from his good buddy Rocket Raccoon to hunt down Thanos. The spaceship is literally such a piece of crap that it's called "The Space Sucker."
"The Space Sucker" fails sending our out-for-blood character crashing into a planet's surface. Drax doesn't seem bothered by the fact he's crashing, just that the ship is making a lot of noises as it goes down.
The Destroyer yells out "CAN'T YOU JUST LET ME CRASH IN PEACE?" as the Sucker crashes into the planet's surface.
We get some quick interactions between Drax and The Thing, Venom and Rocket before the Guardian's tough-guy sets off on his one-man death mission to track down Thanos. We see Drax as this loner without friends, Ben Grimm just wants beer, an "earth beer," Venom wants some bangers and mash and Kitty Pryde has some girl stuff to attend to.
Nobody has room for Drax in their friends club, so he sets off to conquer his own personal agenda.
There isn't enough here to really get a good feel for the team of Punk and Bunn, but there's enough intrigue to keep me coming back. I'm curious to see how Drax develops without the other Guardians around to hold him up for important plot points.
I would recommend this book, mostly if it's the Skottie Young variant cover. It's good stuff.