Writer Brian Michael Bendis
Artist Valerio Schiti
Color Artist Richard Isanove
Letterer VC’s Cory Petit
Cover by Arthur Adams & Jason Keith
I want all three variant covers! Especially the one by Siya Oum, that has Lockheed!
Such a great cover, I wish we could get an issue with Art Adams doing interior art, or even, if we got to see this costume within the pages.
Instead, we get Schiti doing what I can only imagine would be a costume that Kitty would have worn if she got swept up into the 90s costume designs. Lots of pouches and a big gun.
Pryde is all action, whereas Quill is in the dumps.
He’s sad as he lost an entire planet. She can’t believe he’s choosing now to have this chat, after trying to get him to open up about all of this.
Schiti treats us to a six panel grid page, he’s done it a few issues ago for great comedic effect. Here, we get to enjoy the rich characterization. Pryde asks if he likes her new outfit. He starts by saying all the things she is – a teacher, a scholar, a warrior, a Guardian – but she doesn’t know how to dress herself. I think it is a fun outfit.
Pryde counters that neither blue or Indiana Jones is working for him. She’s clearly hurt. Also, she can’t diss much of his outfit as she was wearing it, for a few issues herself. He brings that up and she mentions how, as Star Lord, she had to keep the brand going.
Pryde mentions how she has been a costume hero since she was 13 and still can’t find a look that works. Which is insane as her Excalibur Davis Blue Sweater look worked. Now, besides that look, most of her looks are simply a play on the classic X-uniform yellow and black color scheme.
Pryde took the time for this discussion to get him talking about something besides losing his planet.
I do enjoy not having alien languages translated for us.
Quill rushes in and Pryde snaps at him. She was going to go all stealth and disarm and knock them all out but he’s distracted and made this harder than it had to be. Pryde tries to pick up their previous conversation, about how he over-shot, going from Guardian to Planetary King.
Quill was under the impressions he never waned him to take the position but that was never the case. She was disappointed in him for not being Petr Quill, Star Lord, on the throne, instead he was a follower of a council, taking orders.
Quill wonders if they should run, as they are outnumbered. Pryde wonders if they should try to talk their way through, since she has more hero experienced than him – he agrees to listen to her.
In an awesome turn of events, Quill gets punched to his dumb face!
Pryde is glad Quill is knocked out, so he won’t be harping on her and her bad call. At least she wasn’t punched. Then again, if the alien tried to punch her, his fist would have gone right through her. Again, Quill really doesn’t know how to work with her. Pryde lost her gun and Quill lost a tooth.
Some ships have spotted the pair and start shooting at them.
We finally get to see what the planet looks like.
We see the prisoners and Pryde wants a gun.
Pryde wants to shut this planet down, as they are in a concentration camp! Which, naturally, upsets her and wants to free all of the prisoners. Pryde is on the warpath.
I like her getting all intense and rightfully so. She rarely gets to unleash and these aliens deserve her wrath.
In an amazing sequence, Pryde tricks one ship to explode another.
With her phasing power, she takes out another ship. Quill, meanwhile, tells the aliens to flee.
Quill runs into that giant green alien and gets knocked out again.
Planet Moord, Home Planet of the Brotherhood of the Badoon. Issue ends with Quill waking up inside an arena, on a planet that hates him.
Next issue features Thing, which looks fun.
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The Top Ten Comics of 2016 are –
- Guardians of the Galaxy 6
- Guardians of the Galaxy 5
- Guardians of the Galaxy 4
- Doctor Strange 4
- Worst X-Man Ever 1
- Howard the Duck 4
- Howard the Duck 3
- Extraordinary X-Men 6
- Extraordinary X-Men 5
- Extraordinary X-Men 7
Those are also the first ten comics I bought in 2016.