Legendary Star-Lord #6

by Kalem Lalonde on December 06, 2014

Written by: Sam Humphries
Art by: Paco Medina 

Guardians of the Galaxy by Brian Bendis has been fun at its best and mediocre at its norm. This is really upsetting for me since the movie immersed me into the Gurdians’ world making me crave for more. I’ve read every issue of his run and he fails to create the fantastic sense of character that the movie was able to convey. Fortunately, though Sam Humphries has been writing Marvel’s hidden gem, Legendary Star-Lord since August. It may not be profound or layered, but every time I read one of these issues, I fall in love over and over again with Peter Quill’s character thanks to Humphries’ pitch perfect vision of the clumsy prince. Issue #6 gives us Kitty and Peter’s first intergalactic date, a great and unanticipated twist and those great character moments that I’ve come to expect from this series.

Following the introduction of the Slaughter Squad last issue, Humphries gets straight to implementing him into this week’s outing. Their main purpose here is to ruin Peter’s date by attempting to capture him for their boss Mr. Knife. This is a fun way of using the villains, however it’s also my main flaw with this comic. It definitely gets the book flowing with a fun sense of action but it’s also contradictory of their introduction last issue. They were presented as powerful and intimidating squad but Peter merely picks them off one by one here just in time to get back to Kitty before she leaves. They’ve lost their power with this segment and I don’t feel very threatened by them any longer, unfortunately. However, this shouldn’t be a problem in the coming months because we’ve got a much more interesting villain in the form of Mr. Knife who has become a very intriguing character. His motivations are ambiguous and I’m eager to see Humphries explore what’s driving him next month.

Yet, through Peter’s struggles, Humphries is capable of creating the strong dilemma of a man trying to balance his heroics with his personal life. It’s reminiscent of Spider-Man and Humphries nails the tone here. Having Peter try so hard to create a great evening with Kitty while protecting himself from the Slaughter Squad was a great way to develop his character and relationship with Ms. Pride. The conclusion of this little adventure is bittersweet and shows just how kind of a guy Star-Lord is. His development here goes from putting his life first and when he finally decides to prioritise Kitty, we get a great talk between the two with cool consequences. The storyline has hooked me because I care a lot about this couple, something that was a bit wanting in earlier issues. This date gave the plot a direction and I couldn’t be more pleased with what Humphries is doing. The scale isn’t enormous but the characters at the center of the story are endearing and compelling.

Paco Medina returns on art duties again (thank god) and he does another excellent job pencilling this issue. He’s a perfect fit for this series due to his talent for drawing alien figures and clumsy faces. His Star-Lord is a great depiction of Humphries’ vision and enhances it even. The artist delivers another solid rendition of Humphries’ script.

Legendary Star-Lord is Marvel’s underdog series that deserves so much more love. No one reviews it, barely anyone talks about it and I’m guessing the sales aren’t excellent either. I want to help this book out because it’s so fun to read and it’s by far my favourite Guardians ongoing series. It isn’t very profound or complex but the simplicity works due to the character-focused issues presenting a clumsy and loveable hero. We get further developments for Peter here and while there are some clunky elements to the plot I still had a blast reading the issue and I’m sure you would to. Maybe if this book sells well-enough, we could get Sam Humphries on the Guardians’ main book, now that’s the dream.  Please, give this book a chance and spread the word!

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