Sunday, January 18, 2009

Quick thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy #8

Overall- Yet another awesome effort from the writing team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. This comic continues to amaze me with how great it is monthly. We find out that Star-lord was thrown into the Negative Zone by Ronan the Accuser, who, with the Supreme Intelligence "dead", is the proxy leader of the Kree race. Star-lord went to warn the Kree about the Skrull invasion of Earth, figuring the Skrulls would also strike at their mortal enemies the Kree, but Starlord discovers that the Kree had already uncovered the Skrulls and have killed them, using their carcasses to fuel a Phalanx Spire, which is a VERY dangerous and unstable power source.

After Ronan beats the hell out of Star-lord for discovering the Spire, Ronan tosses him into the Negative Zone, where the Kree have propped Blastaar up as the puppet king of the entire Negative Zone. Starlord is shocked, and Blastaar leads Star-lord to the prison that was built to house Super-Villains in the Negative Zone after the Civil War. Blastaar tells Star-lord that he'll either help break into the prison, so Blastaar can invade Earth through the inter-dimensional portal within, or he will die an excruciating death.

Great, great comic here. Besides these developments, there are also several backstories playing out that will lead us into Marvel's big cosmic crossover, "War of Kings". I'll tell you right now, with WoK being written by Abnett and Lanning, it's going to be a spectacular crossover, maybe the best one Marvel has produced in years. I'm that confident in the writing abilities of these two great talents. For a score, I'll give this comic a 9 out of 10. I'd recommend this book to anybody, period.

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