by Michael DeLaney
This article contains SPOILERS! If you haven’t read the issue, proceed at your own risk.
A ship in peril! A hero on a quest to save his friend! A space raccoon who is dying of an alien disease! All-New Guardians of the Galaxy 8 is a heroic race against time as Star-Lord tracks down The Raptors, who have infected Rocket with a deadly pathogen.
So far, All-New Guardians of the Galaxy’s storytelling pattern has been the ensemble story separated by issues dedicated to one particular character. It’s odd that I find myself preferring the issues focusing on Drax or Gamora to issues like All-New Guardians of the Galaxy 8.
Though this is a Star-Lord-heavy issue, Gerry Duggan has some fun writing a dying Rocket Raccoon. At death’s door, the smarmy creature says he would’ve preferred to die in bed by a “sentient venereal disease.” One of the greatest moments here comes when (Baby?) Groot attempts to use his branchy fingers and heal his friend.
I was expecting a Groot ex machina: the ever-loving magical vegetation within Groot would heal the friend who understands him the best. Maybe it would work, who knows? Instead, Duggan gives Rocket a hero moment by sparing Groot from becoming infected himself.
Along with drawing Rocket in a Baby Bjorn, Marcus To draws some Super Saiyan-type action in the battle between Star-Lord and Raptor Talonar.
I really like Talonar’s character design: he’s got a little bit of a Boba Fett/Samus vibe going on but he’s also got that regal furry cape so you know he’s full of himself.
Once Star-Lord gets the cure from Talonar he gives him back his nega-bands — sort of.
Peter is a hero for saving his friend’s life. But he also traps Talonar on an Ultron-ruled world so, less of a hero.
The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?