by Michael DeLaney
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
In general, I’m not big on comic books aligning with their big screen counterparts — that kind of streamlined homogeny I can do without. But let’s be honest here, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie probably made Star-Lord more interesting than he ever was before 2014. In All-New Guardians of the Galaxy 5, Gerry Duggan embraces Peter Quill’s status as swash-buckling space pirate with an affinity for classic Earth tunes.
The “classic rock” vibe of Star-Lord/Guardians is very appealing, but it also has a slight whiff of cashing in on nostalgia. However, in a few caption boxes spread across two panels, Duggan gives a tremendous amount of weight and meaning to Quill’s proclivity for cassette tapes.
There’s something that’s both beautiful and fatalistic about this idea. We all want our cars, computers, phones etc. to last as long as possible — get the most bang for your buck. Quill on the other hand doesn’t see the inevitable decay of his cassette tapes as a nuisance but rather as a natural stage in life’s cycle.
Duggan writes Star-Lord as a soulful music-lover who can sometimes verge on edge of self-awareness. He acknowledges that he never makes “quality deep thoughts” when no one else is around. And while he says he “refuses to live in the past,” he also admits that that’s exactly what he’s trying to do: relive a broadcast tribute to John Lennon shortly after he died.
Thus far, All-New Guardians of the Galaxy has had a very interesting, unconventional narrative approach with a slew of talented artists. This time around he’s paired with Chris Samnee whose classic, pulpy style suits both Quill’s charm and his taste in music. Samnee also does a nice bit of bookending on the first and last pages, showing young Quill floating in the lake listening to tunes and then later floating in zero gravity listening to John Lennon.
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