Telltale Games’ latest comic book adaptation, Guardians of the Galaxy, is excellent. And to fully understand why, you may have to accept a controversial postulate: The movie wasn’t that good to begin with.

I know, I know. Between Chris Pratt, a mildly amusing script and a judicious application of Blue Swede, Guardians of the Galaxy was the feel-good hit of 2014. Marvel demonstrated that it could turn any of its properties into a massive box-office smash — even a second-tier string of Fantastic Four hangers-on whose ranks include a braggadocious racoon and an ambulatory tree.

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