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Yondu #1

Writers: Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler
Artist: John McCrea
Colorist: Mike Spicer
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: November 6th, 2019

Yondu #1 is the start of a new miniseries about the rapscallion himself. This series is unashamed in how the character looks, acts, and thinks. And we love them for it.

 

The Rogue We All Love and Hate: Yondu #1

Yondu getting his own miniseries was probably only a matter of time. After all, many other diverse characters within the Marvel universe have gotten a series at this point. And there’s no doubt that Yondu has a story to tell. And it all begins in Yondu #1.

No matter how you want to look at Yondu, you’ve got to admit that the man is an unashamed scoundrel. He’s a Ravager, and proud of it. And that is exactly the sort of character you’re going to get in this series. He isn’t toned down to make his character more palatable or different. He’s Yondu. Nothing more, nothing less.

Yondu #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Cully Hamner
Yondu #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Cully Hamner

But this is Yondu we’re talking about. So we all know that this series is going to involve him taking a job that will quickly get over his head. Or he’ll be someplace at the wrong time. It’s inevitable for his sort of character, don’t you think?

Writing

Yondu #1 had two talented writers working behind the scenes. Perhaps that is why there is a shocking amount they fit within these pages. Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler worked together to bring a whole new level of danger to Yondu. One built of his present (naturally)…and the future.

I went into this series expecting to see Yondu in all his glory. That is to say, I went into this series hoping to see Yondu the rogue, and man, did this first issue delivers on that hope. This series didn’t shy away one bit from Yondu’s nature. In fact, they seemed to revel in it. It was oddly refreshing, all things considered.

As for the main plot in the series? That, I found quite unexpected. It adds a much-needed extra layer of depth to Yondu’s situation. And it’s something that I can’t even begin to predict the path it’ll take. I couldn’t be more excited about that fact.

Art

The art style for Yondu #1 couldn’t have been more spot-on if they’d tried. It was rough and jagged—just like his character. I honestly loved everything about it. Everything from the hashing to the colors was perfect.

Yondu’s character design for this series wasn’t toned down in the slightest—and thus, it fits his personality. Meanwhile, the new character introduced was a stark contrast to Yondu. It was brilliantly done, and has raised plenty of questions, to boot.

John McCrea was the lead artist for this issue, with Mike Spicer providing the coloring (which I adored). And finally, VC’s Joe Caramagna did the lettering. The sound effects surrounding Yondu were especially satisfying.

Conclusion

Yondu #1 presented a character unashamed about who and what he was. He wasn’t toned down at all—which might surprise any fans expecting a Yondu from the movies. But it certainly is making for a dramatic read. And it will be well suited for any comic fan looking for a bit of a change.

The story within this issue was more complex than I expected, though my theory about Yondu getting in over his head seems to be accurate. I’m looking forward to seeing how this story pans out.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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