Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2) #5

The cover to Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2) #5
Caught between a racoon and a hard place. The hard place is a giant angry head.
Drax the Destoryer has gone missing. This is cause for concern first and foremost because his last name is “The Destoryer” and that’s a name you have to earn rather than get from your mother and father. Secondly, this is a concern because everyone on Knowhere has reason to suspect there are shape-shifting skrulls aboard the space station trying to enact sabotage.

The Knowhere council draws the appropriate conclusion and thinks Drax is a skrull. They are tracking him down. The Guardians of the Galaxy are ordered to stay put instead of assisting the search for their teammate.

Adam Warlock is inside the Celestial’s brain using it to scan for more skrulls. This is gross because the Celestial is dead. This is also gross because Knowhere is made out of the Celestial’s head. So Knowhere has a dead brain hanging out somewhere behind the walls. Adam gets a ping from the giant space god’s brain and is shocked when he learns where the skrulls really are.

The Guardians argue with each other. Tensions are high because of worry for their missing teammate and because of the potential threat that any of them could actually be a skrull now.

Quasar (Phyla-Vell) goes in search of Drax after Gamora encourages her to. Gamora is also currently healing from running into a sun. So maybe she’s not the best to assist with risk/reward conversations?

Adam Warlock confronts Cosmo who is the one hiding the skrulls. Adam is really hurt by this because Cosmo is a dog, thus supposed to be loyal. Cosmo assures Adam he does not know what he is talking about but does it in the adorable Russian accent Cosmo has. Adam and Cosmo start to battle.

Quasar finds Drax setting up bombs. He tells her the only way to be sure a skrull is a skrull is to see if they turn back into skrulls when they die. Can’t argue with that logic. So he pushes the ignition on a bomb that will kill everyone.

What I Learned From this Comic:

Groot thinks drinking coffee is a really sexy time.

The Creators:
Writers: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Penciler: Paul Pelletier
Inker: Rick Magyar
Colorist: Guru eFX
Cover Artist: Clint Langley
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Editors: Bill Rosemann

Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2) #4

The cover to Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2) #4
Those masks can really dry out the skin.
From Series: Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2)

What Happened:

Star-Lord (Peter Quill), Cosmo, Mantis, and Rocket Raccoon are interrogating the amnesiac from the future Major Victory (Vance Astrovik) on his recent battle with Starhawk. Since Major Victory can’t remember anything from before he traveled back in time, but DOES remember Starhawk, his story is starting to not make sense to the Guardians of the Galaxy.

The team leaves it be for the moment but Rocket is particularly skeptical. He’s skeptical of everyone though. He’s even skeptical of Cosmo and he’s a dog in a cute astronaut costume!

An explosion rocks Knowhere, the scientific space station the Guardians use as a headquarters, and destroys what’s left of the teleporters. Now the Guardians are stuck on Knowhere and are unable to continue their mission of repairing tears in the fabric of the galaxy. This really gets stuck in Adam Warlocks craw. Repairing tears is all that guy ever wants to do!

Bodies found in the explosion suggest it was an act of sabotage by the shape changing alien race known as the Skrulls. Further suspicious rises between the team members as to who else might secretly be a skrull working against them.

Star-Lord breaks up a fight between the residents of Knowhere and Major Victory and agrees to keep the team in lock down for the time being. Unknown to him, Starhawk has returned and is watching from the shadows.

To further add to this spicy suspicion gumbo, Drax the Destroyer overhears Star-Lord and Mantis talking about how Mantis used her mental powers to nudge the members of the team into joining. This sort of explains why everyone is on this team despite hating each other a teensy-weensy bit.

The council of Knowhere is starting to grow tired of the Guardians of the Galaxy living there. They don’t pay rent. The break a lot of stuff. They’re bad roommates! So the council calls a meeting. During the meeting there is a lot of evidence that the person who blew up the teleporters is actually Drax. Drax has been there alooot and we all know he’s not some casual fan of scientific achievements. The dude like bombs, guns, and knives!

He likes them so much he goes into storage and loads up on a bunch of all three while the council is still in session.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Everybody wants to give Groot mulch.

The Creators:
Writers: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Penciler: Paul Pelletier
Inker: Rick Magyar
Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn
Cover Artist: Clint Langley
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Editors: Bill Rosemann