by Patrick Ehlers
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
There’s a little bit of a disconnect between the crew of the Milano. On one hand, you’ve got Gamora and Drax, honor-bound warriors who are deeply entrenched in the galactic mythology that shapes the universe around them. On the other, you’ve got Star-Lord and Rocket, both of whom would happily throw sarcastic scare quotes up around “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It’s a tension of values — irony vs. sincerity — that eventually melts away in Guardians of the Galaxy 6.
The issue kicks off with this tension turned up to 10. Peter is dressing down Gamora for putting them all in danger to pursue her greater goals. Explaining what her goals are would take… well, it would take the entirety of issue 3 of All-New Guardians of the Galaxy. Peter’s priorities are more immediately obvious — he just wants to make sure his crew is can live again to fight another day. Artist Aaron Kuder stages this scene so we are introduced to it literally through Gamora’s eyes. The reader stays in her POV during the chewing out, but it continues through her punching Quill in the face.
But writer Gerry Duggan doesn’t allow the Guardians to bicker amongst themselves for long, as the Milano is boarded by a band of Shi’ar Raptors. The Raptors are looking to reclaim the body of one of their long-dead brothers in arms (a soldier, it might be added, who was buried with high-powered ancient weaponry), but the Guardians are uniformly out of their depth in this fight. Oh, they can hold their own: it’s an absolute delight to watch all five team members contribute to the violent rebuke of their attackers, but none of them can totally grasp why they’re being attacked until it’s over. Even then, treating Rocket’s poison (while teasing his ego) is much more important than understanding why that astro-corpse has a Nega-Band.
The issue may have started from Gamora’s perspective, but by the end, the reader is firmly back in the “hey, I just work here” camp with the rest of our working class heroes.
The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?