by Bendis, and McNiven & Pichelli
When last we saw our heroes, they had just been attacked by a fleet of Badoon warships, who then proceeded to launch an attack on Earth. We pick up immediately after, in London. Communications have been shut off, making it impossible for the Guardians to reach out to the Avengers, Fantastic Four, the Defenders or anyone else for help. With Groot nothing more than a sliver of wood (see issue #1), the remaining Guardians (plus Iron Man) decide to split up and take out the Badoon ships.
We flash back to the Negative Zone, six weeks ago. J-son of Spartax, has called a meeting of ambassadors for each of the galactic empires.
Flash forward to London. The Guardians have each taken a ship and are doing their best to stop the Badoon attack.
Rocket manages to fight his way to the cockpit of his ship. He sets the ships self-destruct sequence going and aims the ship at another of the Badoon ships. Unfortunately, Drax is onboard that one, and is a little worse for wear. Gamora makes an attempt to grab him before the collision, but Tony Stark manages to swoop in at the last second and save both of them.
Flash back to the Negative Zone. Freyja of Asgard, the All-Mother of the Nine Realms, isn’t too happy about J-son’s suggestion to destroy the Earth, as it belongs to her kingdom.
Back on Earth, the Guardians have defeated the Badoon. They are still unsure as to whether or not more will be coming, since communication is still down. Suddenly, they are greeted by some Spartax space cops…
Well, no good deed goes unpunished. I must say this issue was a really great, well-balanced issue. The Guardians were more or less there for the big action set pieces, fighting, explosions, etc. which is where they thrive, so no complaints there. How ’bout that attitude from Rocket, though? (“Blam! Murdered you!”). If there’s one thing I thought was unnecessary, it’s the constant shots of Groot, still a little sliver in a pot of dirt. I mean, I thought after the third time, he’d show up to save the day somehow, but even I know it takes more than a few minutes for him to grow back to full size. So I’m not really sure what the point of that was.
And then we had this whole other perspective in the Negative Zone flashbacks. Of course, Earth being a threat to the rest of the universe is a familiar storyline, but what I enjoyed about these particular scenes was the more or less agreement that Earth is insignificant to the rest of the universe. Not only does J-son seem alone in his opinion of Earth, but the freaking All-Mother of the Nine Realms goes out of her way to defend it. I have to say I wanted to cheer a little bit when she put him in his place.
Now, all of this happened six weeks before the Badoon attack on Earth, so obviously, the Badoon break the agreement to leave Earth alone, but why? Why would the Badoon attack the Earth at J-son’s command when J-son has his own people who could do it? Whatever the case may be, I’m sure Freyja’s gonna be pissed and hopefully we’ll get to see some of our favorite Asgardians. How cool would it be to see Thor and Sif in a Guardians of the Galaxy book?
Side note: Poor Captain Britain.