The odds are already stacked against them, since they can only see each other via. hologram from billions of miles away. Yet despite this, Star Lord and Kitty Pryde’s relationship is charming, and when they announced a date issue between the two, I was sold.
The date goes about as well as you could expect for an intergalactic outlaw who recently made an enemy of Mr. Knife, a mysterious figure chasing after the Black Vortex. The date is constantly interrupted by Mr. Knife’s Slaughter Squad, forcing Peter Quill to interrupt their date in increasingly creative ways, progressively annoying Kitty more and more. They see a great mix of locations, yet even without the bounty hunters, Kitty would feel overwhelmed by the chaotic nature of their date. Eventually they find a moment of quiet intimacy. Sadly, they’re interrupted yet again, ending the issue with Star Lord’s capture.
There’s really not much to spoil here, besides the reveal of Mr. Knife’s identity. The solicitations have pretty much spoiled that Kitty goes to Peter’s rescue in the next issue, which likely leads to the coming Black Vortex crossover. It’s just a fun comic where pretty much everything that can go wrong goes wrong, yet the two leads still find room for a tender moment. That’s what makes this comic work.
The art by Paco Medina is great. The fancy locations they travel to are full of environmental detail, like the opera house that’s complete with a well varied audience and a stage that intentionally resembles ruins. If there is one problem, it’s that some of the locations look a bit too much like Earth for something that’s supposed to take place on Planet Spartex, but that’s not a huge issue. Facial expressions capture their emotions well, whether it’s Peter trying to hide his fear while dodging the Slaughter Squad, Kitty’s growing annoyance and the look of peace when they finally have a moment of quiet.
Sam Humphries is doing well with Star Lord so far. His writing is consistently fun and he’s exploring Star Lord’s balance between his good and bad sides in interesting ways. Hopefully he can pull the upcoming crossover off. Since I’m reading all but one title (Nova) that’s involved with it, I’ll be picking the whole thing up. Even ignoring the upcoming crossover though, this is a fun series. It’s more consistently fun than Bendis’s Guardians of the Galaxy so far, and if you’re a fan of them you should give this a shot if you haven’t already.