“Beyond Belief” by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, and Paul Pelletier
Still on the dyson sphere in Binary Stasis Twelve, the Guardians are confronted by the Cardinals of the Universal Church of Truth. If you remember from issue #1, they kinda sorta aren’t too happy about losing one of their templeships.
As the Guardians still struggle to work together as a team, something big, green, and slimy is headed their way.
Back on Knowhere, Mantis and Major Victory continue getting to know each other when they are visited by a mysterious stranger.
As the Guardians flee the approaching man-eating green goo hurtling towards them, Adam Warlock realizes an awful truth: the goo is what has become of the sphere’s population.
With that, the Cardinals leave. They got what they came for. Meanwhile, back at Knowhere:
With no other option, Star-Lord decides to lift the protective dome over them to expose the entire area to the sun, effectively frying everything, including the green biomass, while they use their passports to teleport back to Knowhere…except the battle between Major Victory and the stranger known as Starhawk did some major damage to Knowhere.
With the crew safe and sound back at their headquarters (though, a little worse for wear), we get a sneak peak at what’s happening back at the Universal Church of Truth.
Okay, so this is not the most original story arcs in the world. We’ve got a ragtag group of superheroes struggling to work together, and one of them might not be who they say they are. What’s keeping me engaged, though, are the entertaining characters and the surprise appearances of characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy history books.
This time, we meet Starhawk. Though he is presented in this issue as an antagonist, he is actually more of an anti-hero. Due to his ability to foresee events which have no yet happened, he often referred to himself as “The One Who Knows.” His tampering and guidance eventually led to the formation of the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
What’s funny is that in the very first issue, Rocket Raccoon questions the possibility of their mission to repair the space fissures turning into “one of those complicated alternate reality things,” but is assured by Star-Lord that it will be anything but. Well, now, Rocket gets to say “I told you so.”
While I am curious to see if all of this universe-hopping will take the overall story arc into a new direction, I appreciate the way it incorporates elements of the Guardians’ past into a new story with new characters. As a newcomer, I’m thoroughly enjoying the surprises.