Issue by Issue – Legendary Star-Lord #1

Writer – Sam Humphries
Artist – Paco Medina
Inker – Jaun Vlasco
Colours – David Curiel
Letters – Joe Caramagna

The first issue of Star-Lord’s ongoing title with the Legendary moniker 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 very same gem that Star-Lord was looking for and coincidentally it would lead them both to said orphanage where Peter gets himself captured by said aliens. Hi-jinks and fast quips ensue as Peter Quill has become the new space-age Tony Stark, not a bad thing per se but it is hopeful he finds his own rhythm. Peter also happens to be half an alien himself with his father being the King of Spartax, so no pressure or anything. As it is the first issue, one cannot expect Peter Quill 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 as it is and all, as well as adhering to the persona he shows in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. 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, Medina and Humphries being a good fit for each other. There was one thing that was a little annoying and that was referencing something that had not happened in the main Guardians title as of the time of its publication, alluded to perhaps, but definitely not something that had happened so far. It is a little amazing to see how far this character has come in the last decade or so and this title while not being the biggest book for Marvel, would at least deepen the roots of the character, exploring them and changing them a little as well as bringing him forward from that black and white hero he was first introduced as. Kudos to Marvel for putting a top-notch creative team on the book and giving it a chance.

4 out of 5

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