I love almost anything having to do with Marvel's cosmic scene. I love Abnett and Lanning. I love the Guardians of the Galaxy - as a title, as a team, and as a concept.
All that being said, I was very, very disappointed with this issue. Maybe it was the fact that, of all of the characters they have been working with for the past couple of years, Phyla has been the weakest, so just as the Quasar mini's leading up to Annihilation: Conquest were the weakest, so too this issue would be weak. Maybe it was the fact that it didn't feel like anything really happened. Or maybe it was because, as someone else pointed out, this whole story arc feels like a throw-away, especially in light of War of Kings.
Whatever it was, this issue was far below the standard that I have come to expect of DnA. It had a rambling feel and even the appearance of Maelstrom felt meaningless. The dialogue was often annoying - even from the people it was supposed to be enlightening from.
On the plus side, the art had a very dreamy, otherworldly appearance to it, so it fit with the environment.
All things taken into account, I give this issue a 4 out of 10. DnA, you've done much, much better - and you know it.