Writer: Ethan Sacks
Art: Ibraim Roberson, Rachelle Rosenberg, VC’s Joe Caramagna, and John Tyler Christopher
Release Date: August 7, 2019
After that confusing and game-changing cliffhanger, this issue was the one I was waiting for the most! All of those “Old Man…” titles never really catch my attention but after reading this series so far, I might have to check them back out. With the discovery of Quill being the last surviving member of the Guardians, the odds are certainly stacked against him. But how did he become the only surviving member? We saw the rest of the fight. Let’s dig in and see what we have here…
We start off the issue with a little flashback to three months ago. We see the Guardians, Drax, Gamora, Rocket, and Mantis, all sneaking onto the Universal Church of Truth’s ship. Now, they may be old but they sure as heck sound just like the Guardians I am used to! But at the same time we do see the age of the team. The beginning part of the issue was very nicely done.
Now it’s time for the teams downfall. We check out why exactly the team heads on the Truth’s ship; to get the holy grail of weapons to help them, which happens to be the Silver Surfer. Unfortunately, when Mantis went inside of the mind of the Surfer, things didn’t go as planned. Instead, they were a bit too late to rescue him. Thankfully, he informs them of another weapon and someone who could get it for them. Once Mantis gets out of his mind, it is the fight for their life! They do get the message out to their only hope, in a New Hope type of way.
Back in the present, Peter is still trying to process the loss of his team, especially because I am also trying to figure out how they died when we saw them actually do stuff. But then slowly, he sees the truth just in time for Peter to fully remember who he is…
I liked this issue but felt like it was not needed as much. The issue could have been shortened a bit. Things were answered but I wish they did stuff to actually progress the story. The issue is a bit of a side story and not needed. The art was pretty good and I enjoyed the dialogue.