Guardians Of The Galaxy #11 - 'Welcome To Oblivion' - Abnett, Lanning, Craig and Quintana
Story - I have to echo what's been said by the others, I'm a big fan of this series and what DnA have been doing in the cosmic landscape in general, but this was not the best issue of the series, and it is probably due to the characters this issue focuses on, Drax and Quasar. Since the Secret Invasion tie-in, the team has split up, and we've been following a few different threads, Starlord in the Negative Zone, Rocket Raccoon's attempts to start a new team, Adam Warlock and Gamora, and Drax and Quasar's search for Moondragon, and we've been getting little bits of each story in each issue, but this issue was entirely on one story, and it wasn't strong enough, yes, Drax is awesome and Phyla is a sexy space Lesbian, but they need the other character's to really play off of, and as such, this issue felt a little flat. But there were some good points, it was good to see more of Drax and his place in the universe and views, because he's usually used as just a typical bad-ass, kicking butt and smashing things, and his conversations with Phyla and Maelstrom were fascinating, and asked an excellent question, what does Drax do now that he has achieved his life's goal and killed Thanos? And was that a good thing? Good stuff that. Maelstrom is an interesting villain, with a vision and scope far beyond the usual villain, and his trickery at the end bodes well for a better part 2, but overall this was a weak link in the Guardians chain, get to War Of Kings DnA! Oh, and it was cool seeing Genis again, when is he coming back?
Art - This was good, Craig is a decent fill-in for Pelletier, and his particular style fit with the desolate and dreamlike setting of this story, and I think Quintana's colours helped with this. I'd like to see more from these guys.
Best Line - 'The Universe is still alive. A state of affairs I will rectify as soon as I get myself out of here'