A Lukewarm Requiem for A Fallen Hero In Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1

by Josh Davison

[***Major Infinity Wars Spoilers Ahead!]
In the events of Infinity Wars, Gamora has betrayed her fellow Guardians of the Galaxy as Requiem, and Drax the Destroyer has given up his existence as the Destroyer and a Guardian of the Galaxy. In his life as Arthur Douglas, he was a musician with a wife and daughter. Thanos took that away from him one night on a lonely road, and Mentor turned Arthur Douglas into Drax the Destroyer, sworn enemy of Thanos. The finale of Infinity Wars gave Drax an opportunity to be Arthur Douglas again, and he chose to do just that.

Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1 cover by R.B. Silva and Guru-eFX
Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1 cover by R.B. Silva and Guru-eFX

Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1 is intended to be a, well–requiem for Drax the Destroyer. He has relinquished his life as a Guardian of the Galaxy and hero in our universe in exchange for his old life in the world within the Soul Gem.
To its credit, it attempts to give context to the random bouts of saxophone playing by Drax in Gerry Duggan’s recent Infinity and Guardians of the Galaxy comics. As such, it doesn’t feel as goofy or strange in this comic.
This was also foreshadowed well by Drax’s turn towards a more zen state of mind and newfound reluctance towards violence in Duggan’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
That said, there are moments of goofy and off-the-mark humor that do sabotage what could have been an emotional send-up to the beloved Guardian of the Galaxy, Drax the Destroyer.
Young Thanos’ murder of Arthur Douglas’ family is almost laughable in its abruptness and the maniacal Nelson Muntz-like laughter that follows.
All of this is to say that Fallen Guardian wants to be an homage and eulogy for Drax, but it trips itself up far too many times.
Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1 art by Andy MacDonald, Chris O'Halloran, and letterer VC's Cory Petit
Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1 art by Andy MacDonald, Chris O’Halloran, and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Andy MacDonald’s artwork is solid at the least. Though the cackling tiny Thanos looks strange and more than a little off-putting, the rest of the book maintains a solid somewhat cartoonish style suiting for the 1960’s aesthetic much of it aims to affect. Plus, I’m glad to see the classic Drax the Destroyer costume make a return. Chris O’Halloran’s color work is quite good as well, giving the much of the book a cooler yet still popping palette.
Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1 is a very underwhelming final chapter for Drax the Destroyer. It fails to evoke much emotion of any kind, and the handful of jokes it still tries to serve up fall flat. It also uses the traditional comic book tactic of building more than one backdoor for Drax’s return, and that undercuts the premise of the book even further. I can’t recommend this one and suggest giving it a pass.
Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1 comes to us from writer Gerry Duggan, artist Andy MacDonald, color artist Chris O’Halloran, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist R.B. Silva with Guru-eFX, variant cover artists Chip Zdarsky, Jeff Dekal, and Marko Djurdjevic.

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