Writer Chip Zdarsky
Penciler, Colorist Joe Quinones
Inkers Joe Rivera with Rick Magyar
Letterer Travis Lanham
Cover Artists Joe Quinones & Kevin Wada
Helpful editor note stating that this issue takes place before Ultimates (volume four or five, right?) as in that issue, Galactus gets a reverse makeover and becomes a being of rebirth.
One Year Ago. Two scientists, Roberta and Mister Wiebe are observers with a giant telescope. He’s interested in looking for life in the universe. I like Roberta, she points out how often Earth is invaded by aliens. There definitely is life out there beyond the stars. Through the telescope lens, Roberta sees Galactus. There is an editor note stating that this is from Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume One Issue 4.
Now. The title was this issue was “Fowl Movement!” but they changed it to “Duck! Duck! Loose!” as the other one was too silly.
Howard is trying to convince The Stranger to free him, as Howard makes a terrible prisoner. Stranger wants to speed up the process of using Howard to open portals as Stranger knows people are going to try to either rescue Howard or steal him for themselves.
The new Herald of Galactus, Scout, has come for Howard. I imagine this is Roberta. Stranger has eaten free-range asteroids with Galactus. Stranger dismisses Scout, with a wave. Roberta grabs Howard and surfs out of there.
Once they have gone a distance, Scout stops talking like a cosmic Stan Lee character, which she was pretending to do, as it felt like the thing to do. Howard makes it super clear that he isn’t a cosmic person. He just keeps ending up in these cosmic situations. Fun little comment box of the writer saying he’s sorry.
Scout offers Howard to Galactus, but he is tired of all of these pursuits of Scout’s. Galactus goes on to say that Scout is not his herald.
Once Scout has explained that Howard is the Living Nexus of Realities so she can open portals to a vast number of planets that Galactus can dine on. This intrigues Galactus. Howard stands up for himself and Galactus is tempted to to make Howard his new herald. This upsets Scout.
Just then, Silver Suffer arrives. Howard isn’t a gift to be given away. Galactus points out that Dawn isn’t around, she doesn’t like the world devourer. Roberta tells Surfer that she is a huge fan, which catches him off guard. . Surfer asks how she got some of his power.
Five Months Ago. Roberta, who’s nickname is Scout, meets Alicia Masters. Roberta finds a small statue that Alicia made from a speck of Silver Surfer’s power, that she shaped into Ben Grimm. The page ends with Roberta hitting Alicia with the statue, from behind, to her head!
We finally get to a page where we see Scout’s character design.
Roberta, wisely, just hints that she found the power – somewhere. All she wants to do is help, she thought she could cure Galactus’ hunger. Surfer understands Scout’s earth based desire to help but one can’t give people away like items. Howard appreciates the slick nudist for standing up for him. Howard also misses his pantless days. Which that line made me realize that he is wearing shorts.
We finally get to the reason why I’m buying this issue and the next one. Kitty Pryde and the Guardians are getting closer to Howard’s location. Linda is with them. Kitty takes note of Galactus, but Grimm isn’t that concern. Rocket points out that others are also in pursuit of Howard.
Galactus silences his two chrome guests. Galactus will study Howard and see if he is capable of opening portals. Grimm arrives, surprising Surfer. Grimm wants to take Howard and leave. Surfer likes the idea of Galactus being gone, and no more massive amount of deaths. Grimm lays down the facts about how Reed use to say that Galactus is a balancing force. Without Galactus, things would get worst.
The writer, Chip Zdarsky, wants to know what happened to Reed Richards – he hasn’t been told how Secret Wars 2015 ended.
There is an ad for the Deadpool game’s rerelease, now on PS4 and XBox One.
Galactus is fired upon by a Kree fool and he turns his attention and shoots his laser eyes, destroying the silly ship.
Groot is holding onto Grimm, but he wants Groot to stop, so he can reach out and grab Howard.
Meanwhile, we see Silver Surfer . . . surfing away with Howard. Surfer is going to find Howard a safe place to hide. In case they get separated, Surfer gives Howard a piece of the Power Cosmic.
As Howard is trying to use to the cosmic surfboard, he goes straight through a space ship.
We see Kitty’s butt there, in that panel. So that counts! Don’t worry, she appears properly in the issue too.
Tara can’t believe this team doesn’t have a telepath, one would think that is a mandatory requirement.
Grimm puts on a space helmet and he is going old fashion with his approach. He opens the hatch and just shouts at a passing Howard. He didn’t need to shout, with the power cosmic, Howard hears pretty well.
Tara and Howard hug, they both have had quite the day.
We get to see Pryde’s butt again, it is an interesting angle to take. Pryde asks if Howard is always like this, Tara says that he isn’t typically so naked and shiny.
The ships engines are dead but Howard is powering their ship with the surfboard.
Quinones finally draws Pryde properly.
This must be the first time Pryde and Howard have met, as they don’t know each other. He thinks, very funnily, that this is Quill, but now a woman. Pryde quickly recaps how Quill is out and she’s replacing him and the team hasn’t been happier.
So funny the exchanges of Agent Venom, Pryde and Rocket. No one knows how Rocket became leader but they are living with it.
Howard is sending them straight for Collecton, one would think The Collector would have a better name for his house. Tara can’t believe that they are heading into danger. Howard, having a sad revelation that he will always be chased and will always get caught up in weirdness.
Tara doesn’t know who Bev is. Howard refers to Beverly in the past tense, so I would like to know what happened there with her and Howard.
Now that they are minutes away, Howard gets dragged away by a green chord.
Issue ends with Howard vs The Collector!
Feather Regions, letters from – Jason Greenly of Champaign, IL / John Rule of Manchester, England / Steve McSheffrey / Osvaldo Oyola of The Middle Spaces.
I would send an e-mail but I’m crazy behind on my current books as I was way late in getting the May special issues I wanted to cover out.