Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2) #3

The cover to Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2) #3
Sorry grumps, the body modification subculture never really goes away in the future.
From Series: Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2)

What Happened:

The Guardians of the Galaxy were investigating a missing population living in an artificial environment surrounding a sun (a Dyson Sphere). There they were ambushed by the evil Universal Church of Truth. The cardinals of the church are able to tap into the belief energies of their followers. So they can do anything by just believing they can. This makes fighting them a lot like fighting four-year-olds.

The Guardians of the Galaxy are being beaten up pretty badly by these menacingly overconfident villains when the population of the Dyson Sphere show up. They’ve been transformed by a genetic experiment gone awry into a single consuming mass. The mass quickly absorbs two of the Church’s cardinals.

Back at Knowhere, the Guardians base of operations. Mantis, Groot, and the time displaced Major Victory (Vance Astrovik) are discussing why Groot’s so cool when they are attacked by Starhawk. One of Mantis’ powers is precognition so the fact that a person from the future can show up without her knowing ahead of time freaks her out a bit. Major Victory and Starhawk, both teammembers of the original Guardians of the Galaxy, battle throughout Knowhere.

Adam Warlock and Star-Lord (Peter Quill) are discussing options for dealing with the Dyson Sphere’s tortured population when they are ambushed (again) by the Universal Church of Truth. C’mon guys. Eyes in the back of your head from here on out! The church injures Star Lord and stabs Adam Warlock with a special blade. Then they leave.

Since Adam Warlock is too injured to now perform the magic needed to destroy the monstrous genetic mass, the team settles on a new plan. They’ll remove the shield protecting them from the sun’s heat. This will burn up the monster. Plus it’s a perfect plan since all the team members have bracelets which will let them instantly teleport back to the teleportation pads in Knowhere.

In Knowhere, Major Victory and Starhawk just destroyed the teleportation pads.

Starhawk then disappears, leaving Major Victory very confused.

Unable to leave the sun’s violent rays and with Quasar’s quantum shield quickly losing energy, Gamora runs out from under of its safety and turns the sun shield back on. She survives the sun’s energies, but looks like hamburger meat. Her healing factor will come in handy for that.

Drax the Destroyer is the first to say she is awesome. Eventually agrees and it is caught on tape.

Meanwhile, the Universal Church of Truth’s cardinals have returned to their headquarters with the blade they stabbed Adam Warlock. It collected his blood which they used to see if he really way Adam Warlock. He is! So then what is Adam Warlock’s unopened cocoon doing in The Universal Church of Truth’s building?

What I Learned From This Comic:

Gamora is a do it yourself-er

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

Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2) #1

The cover to Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2) #1
A better strategy would be to put the people with swords up front and the people with guns in back but, hey, you’re right, this is your show. Have at it.
From Series: Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2)

The still unnamed Guardians of the Galaxy are fighting the evil Universal Church of Truth like some sort of space Pussy Riot. They’re made up of Star-Lord (Peter Quill), Quasar (Phyla-Vell), Adam Warlock, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, and Rocket Raccoon.

There are frequent flash backs and personal interviews/confessionals. The flash backs focus on how the team was formed. After the Annihilation Wave and the Phalanx almost destroyed the galaxy on two separate occasions, Star-Lord gets it into his head that maybe some preventative care is in order. He reaches out to Nova (Richard Rider) and Quasar but only Quasar agrees to join. Nova suggests looking for lost souls who need something to do now. Like how some people start getting really into crosswords when they’re laid off.

A drunk Rocket Racoon joins. He brings the slowly regrowing Groot, who is currently too small to be help with anything besides provide additional cuteness.

Quasar, the girlfriend of the diseased Moondragon gets Drax to join. Drax is the physically augmented father of Moondragon. So team dynamics are already pretty weird. Drax is pretty down in the dumps since he’s already done the one thing he was created to do: kill Thanos. So maybe being on a team with lunatic space people could help thaaaat?

Nova gets Gamora to join the team after bargaining with sexy times.

Back in the present: the team has managed to break something important on the Universal Church of Truth’s space ship. It releases a horrible monster from another universe but the team kills it with fire and blow-em-ups. Sure hope that’s the last we see of that other universe!

The team returns to their base which is in the decapitated head of a space god called “Knowhere”. Mantis, a support member of the team has precognitive power so she knows that the team will eventually decide on the name “Guardians of the Galaxy” and that in 9 months a member of the team will kill them all. She keeps this a secret because its not nice to place with destiny.

BACK IN SPACE… a temporal distortion opens up, releasing a chunk of ice. The chunk of ice contains a figure and the shield of the currently deceased Captain America. What could this mean!?

What I Learned From This Comic:

There’s a demand for any type of reality show.

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