Star-Lord as a character has always been a very obscure character in the Marvel universe. The half-human, half-alien leader of the Guardians of the galaxy is genre-savvy and quite relatable and now after the most recent Civil War, he’s stuck on Earth while the “Ship” and the team are broken, trying to find things he can do to pass up the time while he’s going full couch potato.
Chip Zdarksy and Kris Anka’s first offering into the second volume Star-Lord’s new adventure brings us to New York after the Second Superhero Civil War. With Bruce Banner killed by Hawkeye, Tony Stark missing in action and superheroes being vilified by the very people they serve for their continued wars amongst their factions, Peter Quill is lazing around doing nothing and looking for things to do in a world he has not lived in for most of his life.
Monitored by Alpha Flight agent Abigail Brand, he tries to go out with the only two people of Earth he trusts: his ex-fiancée, X-Men’s Kitty Pryde, and Howard the Duck. Howard obviously blasts his bum ass, telling him to get a life, followed by a screwed up chance meeting with Kitty, who tells him she’s busy and he has to zip it.
Our depressed hero is then offered to chug beers by the prime alcoholic himself, Old Man Logan. Stuck in a dingy bar and taking reprieve in the fact that they’re both alone – an unemployed superhero and a citizen of an alternate reality, the two misers get involved in a bar fight after being ambushed by Black Cat thugs. As the brawl drags on, we see “Earth-Lord” aiding an innocent who got shot by the thugs but being mistaken as the one who started the fight by the police.
Among the newest offerings of the All New, All Different Marvel, Star-Lord is a rest from all the seriousness that surrounds the other heroes like Captain Marvel, Hawkeye and Invincible Iron-Man. It’s funny, sardonic and depressively colorful. The plotline of the story happening after the Civil War gives us a new perspective into the characters around Marvel’s universe and how their actions have affected the people. They have been jaded being caught in the crossfire and they don’t give a rat’s ass if you’ve saved the world recently. Peter Quill’s awkwardness is icing on the cake; he loves this world but has been far removed from it as its space guardian and savior for many years now.
The new Star-Lord is something to look forward to, more so than the other recent Marvel offerings. I’m not saying that the other superhero stories are bad; they are really good. The problem is that Star-Lord, as someone who is not even involved in the mainstream roster of Marvel’s heroes, gives us an interesting point of view into their world and the hardships that full-time superheroes go by if they’re not an Avenger, funded by the government or a multi-national corporation behind them. Star-Lord’s story is hard to dislike so far.