This issue is a wonderful start/setup/introduction to the “legendary” Star-Lord.
Sam Humphries and Paco Medina have a great thing going on here. I’ve missed Mr. Medina’s work over in Nova. He was the artist when I came on board with issue #7. I read some Humphries with part of his run on Uncanny X-Force. This run looks better already. The tone is set from the start. There’s a little bit of the opening from the movie. It’s not as dramatic and heart-wrenching but we visit briefly the funeral for Peter Quill’s mother. We then join the adventures of the Star-Lord in… an orphanage… in space.
Quill is captured there by some bounty hunters cashing in from a guy named Mr. Knife. Star-Lord has never heard of him and it looks like he’s gunning for Earth. This leads Peter to get in touch with a certain mutant teacher named Kitty Pryde (these two met during the Guardians of the Galaxy/All-New X-Men crossover/trial of Jean Grey so it’s nice to see that referenced here in Peter’s solo title).
At one point, the Star-Lord ponders that his life rules and that in space he is living the dream. It’s a great summation to the tone of the book. Peter Quill loves what he does and wouldn’t give it up for the world.
In the end, Peter ends up with the Mandalay Gem, he donates a bunch of funds to the orphanage from earlier, and he teases an upcoming confrontation with Thanos in 12 days. All that comes to a halt when he encounters Captain Victoria, the daughter of J-Son. Wait, what? Peter has a sister?
Until next time…