It is genuinely a terrible shame that this series, one of the best series coming out from Marvel at the moment is now over. Not because it’s left hanging; despite what is apparently not the original plans of the creative team, they manage to wrap up pretty much every thread in this series in a nice bow in this issue, giving the series a fitting end, with the few remaining seemingly to be cleared up in an annual later in the year.
What Chip Zdarsky, Kris Anka and Matt Wilson have managed to do in Star-Lord is something increasingly rare at Marvel these days. They told a story with a cohesive, and consistent, creative vision that was a wonderful character piece with growth, undisturbed by outside events or cash-in tie-ins.
This final issue gives us something wonderful in its story: heart. In that it has laughs, as one may come to expect from Zdarsky, but also some genuine deep feels. After all, this issue deals with loss. Of loved ones. Friends. Home. The life you knew.
It also deals with growth. With moving forward. With knowing oneself, and facing the world with maturity, even when it is being as hard and as confusing as possible to you.
It also contains Old Man Logan in a sheer negligee, open-robed hugging, geriatric morning after and a raccoon in a hipster bar.
The team have put together a story which ultimately proved full of humour, both overt jokes and subtle sight gags, dealt with some pretty hard subjects about finding your place, maturity and loss, and created more character growth for the character of Peter Quill in six issues than Brian M Bendis managed in his entire run on Guardians of the Galaxy.
The art by Anka with colours from Wilson is so on point, to even talk about it seems pointless. Just look at it. It’s beautiful, they work brilliantly together. Characters express emotion, style and have substance to them.
If you haven’t been reading this series, you’ve been missing out. Go grab all the issues now. And then there’s the trade. So grab that too.
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