Guardians of the Galaxy #9
Written by Donny Cates
Art by Cory Smith
Inks by Victor Olazaba
Colors by David Curiel
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: J-Son will show his wayward son the true mission of Universal Church of Truth and reveal that the end of Earth will be the only way they can defeat death.
Star-Lord’s father shows him a terrifying vision of the future and convinces his son that the only way they can prevent a future ruled by Death is to act now in the present. Building an army of superbeings designed to defeat death is one part of his plan. The other is converting the faithful so that they can serve him. He will attempt the latter on Peter in order to have his son alongside his friends when the next part of his plan is revealed, the destruction of Earth.
At the same time, Rocket, Groot and Moondragon find themselves on a recruiting mission that will bring them face to face with a unlikely and powerful ally.
The Story: I enjoyed this issue a lot. Donny Cates does a great job of showcasing Peter and the hidden reservoirs of inner strength that no one likes to think about most of the time. Peter’s story is immensely funny throughout this issue, especially the short-sightedness of it. The fact that even Peter can see where he went wrong is both poignant and funny. Rocket’s recruiting mission is fun to experience and the reveal was worth it and the final reveal at the end of this issue blew me away and solidified that I would be coming back for the next issue.
The Art: Cory Smith does a great job with the art. It brings out the humor through the detailed facial expressions as well as frame the action beautifully.