Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencilers: Steve McNiven & Sara Pichelli
Inkers: John Dell, Steve McNiven & Sara Pichelli
Colors: Justin Ponsor
Letterer: Cory Petit
Release Date: June 12th, 2013
This book has just been a lot of fun. It is rare I actually like space-centric titles but the characters here just scream personality. We do quickly learn that the Badoon broke J-Son's order and that they were not attacking Earth under his orders and we quickly find out what they decided to do with the Guardians. There is a bit of political stuff going on between the different races of the galaxy and it is growing obvious that J-Son is not earning any real friends there. I see this leading to some great fights in the near future.
As for our heroes, they are being held captives for disobeying J-Son's order to stay away from Earth. The funny thing is, they forgot about Groot. Good ole Groot easily handles his friends' captors (after they brought the Guardians weapons to the same room they were being held in) and frees them. I actually wasn't aware that Groot could only say three words (I am Groot!) but it was well handled by Bendis with a little bit of slapstick tied to his entrance.
I originally was concerned about Tony Stark's presence on this team but he is actually working out to be an enjoyable addition. The fact that he is without armor for a portion of this makes me wonder how long he will be without and if it will give us a chance to see if he can be useful without it.
I have to say, if you like fights, smart-ass characters and space, this book does it well. With the spattering of politics and a rebellious prince (er Starlord?), there are bound to be plenty of places the story can take us. Three issues in and I am full of expectations. Way to go Bendis, don't screw this one up like you did Age of Ultron.