Writer – Sam Humphries
Artist – Paco Medina
Inker – Jaun Vlasco
Colours – David Curiel
The first issue of Star-Lord’s new ongoing title finds our hero in a bit of a pickle as he is caught by the Badoon while robbing an orphanage. The Badoon just happen to be looking for the Mandalay Gem, the same gem that Star-Lord was looking for and coincidentally it led them both to said orphanage where Peter gets himself captured by said aliens. Hi-jinks and fast quips ensue as Peter Quill has become our new space-age Tony Stark. He also happens to be half an alien himself with his father being the King of Spartax. As it is the first issue, you cannot expect our hero to sit in jail and/or be executed and so by the end of the book, he escapes and does a good deed to top it all off. The script by Sam Humphries is smart and funny in all the right places and it indeed feels just like one of the Iron Man films with his attitude and all, as well as adhering to persona he shows in the trailer to the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Paco Medina’s art is slick and cartoonish without being overly so, almost a little like Nick Bradshaw’s at times and it flows quite nicely along with the story. There was one thing that was a little annoying and that was referencing something that has not happened in the main Guardians title as of yet, alluded to perhaps, but definitely not something that has happened so far. It is a little amazing to see how far this character has come in the last couple of years and this title looks like it is going to be a big book for Marvel. Kudos to them for putting a top-notch creative team on it.
4 out of 5
Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, John Layman
Artist – Mikel Janin, Guillermo Ortego
Colours – Jeremy Cox
Continuing off of last issue, Gordon has a chat with his son who offers him freedom as long as he admits he is just a man with flaws like everyone else. Harper Row has broken into Red Robin’s lair while Lt. Bard, Harvey Bullock, Major Sawyer and Vicki Vale bust a ton of Falcone’s goons without Commissioner Forbes being able to do or say anything about it. Falcone is not happy to say the least. And to top it all off, Stephanie Brown is not having an easy go of it with her father, as Cluemaster has just murdered one of her friends. There might not have been a lot of action in this book compared to earlier issues, but it was nice to see the continuation of threads from the previous issue and some payoff from them. Lt. Bard is a character who is coming along nicely and is proving himself a fine addition to the GCPD. Stephanie Brown’s story is moving along slowly still, but at least it is moving and when she finally gets to the point where she confronts her father it is sure to be memorable. There was very little Batman this issue, but that was actually quite all right as what we did get was some quality time with many of the supporting characters. Great artwork once again by Mikel Janin joined by Guillermo Ortego this round and a definite upswing on the script by our team of writers.
3.5 out of 5