by Michael DeLaney
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
In Gerry Duggan’s All-New Guardians of the Galaxy the one formerly known as “Drax the Destroyer” has enacted a strict no destroying policy. This has likely frustrated Drax’s teammates and readers alike, but in All-New Guardians of the Galaxy 7 we find out why he’s done this — and I can’t say I blame him.
Duggan has made each issue of this series stand out on its own by focusing on one particular team member or another. The bulk of the issue is a flashback laid out in the form of a discussion between Drax and Gamora. Drax and his propensity for taking things literally is typically used in the name of comedy. By pairing him with Gamora, however, Duggan gives Drax a fellow warrior to confide in. I can’t imagine Drax being so emotionally honest with anyone else. Maybe Groot.
Greg Smallwood lends his Moon Knight white gutters to the issue, which underlines the soft colors he uses to match the tone of the issue. Along with their warrior philosophies, there’s something visually pleasing about seeing these green-skinned, pale-eyed aliens being put together in the same frame.
What ultimately leads to Drax’s renouncement of violence is something that is completely within the bounds of the character. Drax is a proud warrior who relishes the chance to do battle in the name of justice. So when he stumbles upon an enslaved alien race, he’s all too willing to free them from their master and their master from his head.
In a galactic dead man’s switch however, Drax discovers that the slaver was biometrically attached to his slaves — once he died, they died. Drax ignored the slaves’ desperate cries for “barter” and “peace” until it was too late. In a chilling bit of irony, one of the slave’s last words is “destroyer” — forever tainting Drax’s once coveted title.
The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?