Brandon specifically requested that I do a review the new Guardian of the Galaxy series because I think I’m the only one down the store who gets it. I started doing a review and then something came up which made me stop and then I totally forgot about it. So while I know issue #11 is now out on shelves, I haven’t read it yet and since my review of issue #10 is done, you can read that review which should entice you to pick up that issue as well as the new issue.
For those of you who don’t know what is going on with this series, I’m just going to pick and choose excerpts from the recap page to bring you up to speed:
Guided the mystical insight of the newly returned Adam Warlock, the gun-slinging Star-Lord has forged a proactive team of proven cosmic champions ready to protect the vulnerable universe and prevent any large-scale disasters from ever happening again. Together, Star-Lord, Warlock, Quasar, Gamora, Drax, Mantis and Rocket Raccoon are the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Or at least they were. Discovering that Star-Lord had Mantis telepathically manipulate their minds to facilitate the formation of the Guardians, most of the group has quit. Rocket Raccoon attempted to keep the spirit of the Guardians alive by mobilizing a makeshift roster of Mantis, Groot, Major Victory, and Bug.
Star-Lord ended up in the Negative Zone, where his old adversary Blastaar rules and is attempting to invade Earth via 42, the Initiative’s interdimensional prison. The despot sent Star-Lord into the besieged prison to negotiate a surrender, but once inside, the stranded hero worked furiously with inmate Jack Flag to find a way to thwart Blastaar’s plans.
As Rocket’s Guardians made a desperate effort to locate him, Star-Lord realized it’s already too late: someone has opened the prison gates and let Blastaar’s zone warrior hordes in, surrounding the cavalry…
Ok, so that is where we are at. The team really isn’t together anymore, most people hate Star-Lord and want him dead, but some still believe in him. So the issue begins with Blastaar and his minions storming the prison. Turns out it was a prisoner by the name of Skeleton Ki who opened the door for Blastaar and is rewarded by not being put to death. The rest of the prisoners start surrendering left and right because they really have nothing to gain by fighting Blastaar. Star-Lord and Jack Flag, who is confined to a wheelchair, are providing the main resistance.
Outside the makeshift Guardian team is attempting to break in to save Star-Lord from certain death. With the aid of the talking Russian dog Cosmo, they locate Star-Lord and are teleported to his position. They arrive in time to save Star-Lord and teleport him away before Blastaar can reach him and Flag. With the prison now fully under his control, Blastaar asks Skeleton Ki for one more door to be unlocked, the portal to Earth.
Elsewhere, Adam Warlock and Gamora go to the Universal Church of Truth to tell them he is their resurrected messiah. He speaks of a coming war of kings that will destroy them all if he does not interject. He plans to stop the war and thus gain faith from their followers. He vanishes and the cardinals are left to decipher if he was the true prophet or just another false messiah. For how can Adam Warlock be walking around if the Universal Church of Truth still has the unopened Warlock cocoon?
Major Victory visits the detention area to visit with the female version of Starhawk, who was defeated by the Guardians previously. Her mission was to find the error in history which fractured time and repair it. Since her mission failed, thanks to her defeat at the hands of the Guardians, she know realizes that the War That Ends Everything has begun. And it started because “The King with no words has screamed in defiance, and his cry has spilt the universe in half.”
What is in the Adam Warlock cocoon? Can Skeleton Ki open the portal which would let the armies of Blastaar invade Earth? Can Star-Lord ever regain the trust of his original team? What part does the Inhumans play in all of this? Wanna know what happens next? Buy the book, available at Bent Wookee Comix located at 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there!