The Guardians of the Galaxy, the best known of the rogue teams, is back. Like many other teams, its composition has changed : if we still find Groot, Rocket, Drax and Venom, two new characters appear. The first one is the Thing, aka Ben Grimm and former member of the Fantastic Four. With him in the outer space and Johnny flirting with Medusa (see Uncanny Inhumans #1) and fighting alongside the Unity Squad (see Uncanny Avengers #1), Reed and Susan missing, it is an understatement to say that the Fantastic Four – as a team – are dead. The second new member is Star-Lord, but a different one from the original. Now that Peter Quill is emperor of Spartax, who could have take over his name ? Turns out the new Star Lord is Kitty Pride, Peter Quill’s fiance and former professor of the original five X-Men (see All New X-Men), herself. The presence of such an important member of the X-Men is a sign that the X-Men exists no more – as a team at least.
The question that I ask myself since the beginning of the All New All Different storyline takes even more sense now : what happened during these eight months since the end of Battleworld for Kitty to be in the outer space, away from her world and her friends, far away from her responsibilities as the original five teacher ? Is it because of the T-mist poison ? Did she flew away because of this disease ? Or did something terrible happen to the X-Men, leaving her no choice but to join the Guardians ? I hope some of these questions will find answers, in this title or in the X-Men titles, because I can’t wait to find out what happened.
Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti are back on the Guardians of the Galaxy. If Brian Michael Bendis never leave them, strictly speaking, because he was the author of Guardians of Nowhere, a Secret Wars tie-in, Valerio Schiti didn’t work on this title. With such a team, who knows its subject and its characters, I have no doubt that Guardians of the Galaxy #1, and the next issues, will be fantastic.