Eighteen issues into Bendis' run on the Guardians of the Galaxy and he finally
gets around to troubling himself with providing answers that have lingered in the minds of Marvel Cosmic fans since the end of the Thanos Imperative; namely what happened to Nova and how did Thanos, Star-Lord, and Drax return from the Cancerverse?
Unfortunately, this issue didn't really provide any of those answers. Gamora has Peter Quill strapped to a chair and insists that he tell her the secrets that he has been keeping from her since he returned from the Cancerverse. How did he return, why is Thanos alive, and where is Richard Rider? Surprisingly, Quill begins to tell the story although he warns her (and presumably the reader) that she won't like it. Stranded in the Cancerverse, Nova and Star-Lord attempt to gain the upper hand on Thanos when suddenly Drax (who had been destroyed at a molecular level by Thanos during the Thanos Imperative) inexplicably just shows up sans tattoos and begins attacking the Mad Titan. While the two behemoths clash, (oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Drax is back to his bulky pre-Annihilation size again) it looks like the Cancerverse itself has decided that it won't simply go quietly. Thanos demands that Star-Lord relinquishes the Cosmic Cube (wasn't the Cube cracked and it's energies spent during the Thanos Imperative?) but Quill uses it's to transport the 4 of them to safety. Again, Thanos demands that he be given the Cosmic Cube so that he can return them to their proper universe but we discover that the Cube itself has begun to take control of Star-Lord...
All things considered, the issue itself wasn't terrible. Much like the rest of Bendis' run, it's intriguing but falls short of the quality of the previous GotG series. That being said, there is one glaring problem with the issue and Bendis' writing that needs to be addressed. Knowing full well that this issue is the issue that Marvel Cosmic fans, Nova fans, and fans of the DnA GotG series have been waiting for, Brian Michael Bendis couldn't even be bothered to spell Richard Rider's name right!