“Legacy” by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, and Paul Pelletier
Issue #2 picks up right where we left off. The Guardians arrive at 56 Hydronis where another fissure in the universe is on the verge of collapse. This time, something has come through…
Huh? What’s Cap’s shield doing there? Quasar senses something artificial inside the ice and melts away some of it, revealing the front gate of Avengers Mansion buried inside. Ever the voice of logic, Rocket Raccoon suggests that somehow, a chunk of the Mansion was “bitten off and spit through time-space.” Suddenly, a huge, slimy, black-tentacled monster erupts from the thawing ice.
Then there’s this dude.
Elsewhere in the universe, the Matriarch of the Universal Church of Truth (remember them?) has some questions about the identities of those responsible for the destruction of their templeship.
With their guest onboard and still unconscious, Peter Quill, Rocket Raccoon, Adam Warlock, and Gamora speculate. Who is he? Could that actually be Captain America’s shield? If it’s not, who could’ve made such a perfect replica? Is history repeating itself somehow? Is that name, “Guardians of the Galaxy” a keeper, or what?
All Mantis can figure is that he is ancient and temporaly dislocated. She tries talking to him, however, he can hardly remember anything.
Before they can really make much progress with him, they get a call about another crumbling fissure. This one’s at Binary Stasis Twelve, a dyson sphere at the edge of the Rebreg Nebula. Little do they know, they are about to have company.
The second issue more or less builds on all of the things that made the first issue great while sowing the seeds for future plot developments, as expected. We meet Major Victory, who, after doing some light research, I discovered that he is a founding member of the Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel Super-Heroes #18. And we get to see a little more of the Universal Church of Truth, a group who have existed since their first appearance in Strange Tales vol. 1 #178 in 1975 and have also had run-ins with the original Guardians team. I’m really excited to see how they get worked into the continuity of this arc.
As a side note, I love this cover. Groot has yet to be fully utilized in the story, since he’s still recovering from Annihilation: Conquest, but it’s so awesome to see him together with his little buddy Rocket. I swear they’re the most bizarre friends I’ve ever seen.