I must have been one of the few people to enjoy the Quasar mini from Annihilation Conquest.
As it stands, I enjoy Drax and Phylla a whole lot more than I do Adam Warlock and Gamorra. I love 'em all but there's a pecking order with Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord topping the list. Honestly, this team is really good.
So it's a little disappointing that this issue only features the Destroyer and Quasar. I was hoping for a page or two devoted to the adventures of the rest of the team but here we are with just the two dead ones hanging out. Also: not a War of Kings tie-in and, while that may pull in some people, I'm not quite burnt out on events and was hoping to get the Guardians' perspective on the beginning of an intergalactic war. It's almost got me pulling out my Operation: Galactic Storm issues just to see recall the last time the Kree and Shi'ar battled across the cosmos.
But, this is a much simpler story and that works too. The dialogue is reminiscent of some good Terry Pratchet. Funny & philosophical. There were times I laughed out loud but that's probably because I'm easily amused.
Abnett and Lanning seem to know how to make cosmic stuff have an easy to identify feel to it. This is all high end cosmic happenings but delivered in bite sized chunks that the reader can easily dive into. It doesn't hurt that Phylla plays the "what is going on?" role while Drax does all the explaining. Well, him and Maelstrom and that's just as good as our heroes get to mock him while he explains about the cosmic balance.
Honestly, I don't really care that much about Moondragon's return but the dragon bit is great. Moondragon has always annoyed me. I never really got why Phylla ended up with her except you don't see that many lesbians hanging out in outer space.
The art is incredible. I'd love to see what Craig could do with the full team. The emotions work, timing works, coloring is brilliant... I really can't boost the art enough and it totally makes up for any disappointment I had in not seeing the rest of the "team" or get more War of Kings goodness. I liked the previous artist but Craig ups the game.
OK, I'll stop gushing. War of Kings, you get an 8.5
out of 10. Keep up the good work.