And we're up to the final review of the night. (And JT's here for this one!) Already! I know, time really flies when you're having fun. (Ugh... did you really say that?) We'll close out the night with a look at the brand new Bendis written Guardians of the Galaxy... Here's hoping this series is more like Bendis's stellar X-Men work and not like his Avengers stuff...
Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1
Summary: We kick things off 30 years ago with a spaceship crash landing in Meredith Quill's front yard. (Superman?!) Meredith goes over to investigate and finds a handsome alien crawling out of the wreckage. (Yep, it's Superman.) Since she didn't want the feds tearing up her front lawn, Meredith takes the alien, Prince J'Son (Or Jason...for those that aren't trying to be fancy.) of Spartax, inside and nurses him to health. J'Son heals up and fixes his spacecraft, and also ends up falling for Meredith. Unfortunately for Meredith, J'Son has to head back to his homeworld to help his people against the Badoon. J'Son leaves two things behind though... His one of a kind space gun, and some seed... Yep. The seed ends up growing into Peter Quill. (Look at him, tall as Mt. Fuji!) Fast forward ten years and we find young Peter doing kid stuff like fighting with his mother and beating up bullies. (He learned his moves at the local YMCA...Women's self defense class.) One day two Badoon warriors come to Meredith and Peter's home and kill Meredith, before chasing after Peter. (Well that escalated quickly...) It turns out the Badoon had somehow found out about Peter's existence and wanted to wipe out the Spartax royal family line. Peter manages to blast the aliens with a shotgun, killing them, before grabbing his father's fancy space gun and running out of the house, right before a Badoon ship blows it up. (Wait...Earth guns trump space guns?!) Peter is sent flying from the blast and is knocked out. He ends up waking up in a hospital and is given his space gun, the nurse figures it was a toy, since it was what was found near him. (Sorry kid, your mom's dead but here's your toy gun...) From there we fast forward to the present and learn that a grown up Peter(now going by Star Lord) had been telling that story to Iron Man, the newest member of the Guardians. (Star Lord is a pretty bad ass name, by the way.)
Thoughts: Wow, this new Bendis? I love him!! I really can't find much to fault about this comic... It flowed beautifully, we met Peter's folks, got a taste of what kind of a kid he was, and learned why he hated the Badoon, all while setting up this series. I mean yeah, this was nearly perfect! If I was to nitpick, I'd complain about how wordy Meredith was with J'Son, but that's Bendis's style of writing, and to be honest, he wasn't nearly as wordy as he usually is. Yeah, good story, dialogue, set-up, art, I have nothing bad to say here!
Score: 9 1/2 out of 10 (Couldn't agree more with this score, this was a pleasant surprise.)
Take that you damned murdering aliens! (I STILL don't see how Earth gun trumps space guns and armor...)