By Taylor Anderson
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
Anyone who knows anything about science fiction writing knows that world-building is key to creating a good story. Without an established universe full of wonder and mystery even the best plots will fall flat. All-New Guardians of the Galaxy has been tiptoeing along this line ever since its relaunch ten issues back, but has survived based on the inherent likability of its characters. In issue 10, however, Gerry Duggan finally begins to unveil mysteries of the universe and the result is an entertaining and engrossing issue.
The Guardians find themselves in the presence of the Collector, unwittingly delivering unto him his brother, the Grandmaster. After a brief punch-fest they become bosom buddies once again and talk about how something is not quite right in the universe. What they primarily speak of is their fellow Elder, the Gardener, who recently has gone from growing things to killing things. All of this talk of elders and the universe hints at a much deeper mythology to this comic than we have previously known. While the Elders aren’t anything new to the Marvel Universe, they are new to this story and they are much welcome addition.
The reason the reveal of the Elders is fun is that previously the Guardians universe seemed so small. Sure, they flew around space and met weird new aliens, but nothing that they did alluded to the deeper, darker, and more mysterious truths the universe has to offer up. Now, however, their world is suddenly a larger place, as Peter finds out when the Grandmaster psychically informs about the history of the soul stones.
Just as with the Elders, the soul stones show that the galaxy is weird and beyond just the simple thievery and plots and the Guardians usually find themselves wrapped up in. Indeed, their universe is but one of many! All of the information dropped in issue 10 promises a much more intriguing backdrop for the Guardians and takes a pedestrian story to places out of this world.
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