Sam Alexander’s origin continues to be an unexpected delight. Yes, it’s a beginners guide to cosmic Marvel, and that may put off some long-term fans, but it’s doing a great job at introducing these great concepts to beginners, and it’s really making the idea of travelling into Space seem truly breathtaking and awe-inspiring. When you’ve been reading cosmic stuff too long, it can seem kind of mundane and just one more setting for interchangeable superhero stories, like when we saw the Green Lantern Corps cafeteria. This title really imbues outer-space with the sense of wonder it deserves.
One thing I find interesting is that the villains of this opening arc are the Chitauri from the Avengers movie, complete with space-snake-ships. This is weird for me, a long-time fan, because I know that the original Chitauri are just the Ultimate Universe name for Skrulls. But now they are in the Marvel Universe as a completely different species? What the? But as I said, this book is mostly focussed on opening up this whole side of the Marvel Universe to new readers, and using baddies famous from the movies makes a lot of sense, and may well tie-in with whatever’s going on with Thanos.
Ed McGuinness’ art was fantastic as usual, I love the way he draws Rocket Raccoon, his cartoony style fits him perfectly, and the contrast between that look and his gruff demeanour is well handled between him and Loeb. And hey, for all older fans, this issue addresses the death of Richard Rider! I’m hoping this opening arc will feature the return from death of Star-Lord, because that’s still not been explained yet.