(This review may contain spoilers).
In comparison to the Peter Quill of the Guardians of the Galaxy book, I really didn’t like the Peter Quill portrayed in the first of these comics. While the style choice of black and white was a good change, I couldn’t see Quill as a hero; or even an anti-hero.
Even though the second comic was in the same style as the first, I found Quill to be a much more likable character. It was good to not only be able to see his relationship with the Ship, but also to see that he did care about the people who were being enslaved. However, I did feel that the romance between the two secondary characters moved way too fast and didn’t feel easy or natural.
I liked being able to learn more of Quill’s past and why his mother’s husband was so willing to believe she’d been unfaithful to him. However, I didn’t get the chance to see much of Quill’s life, as there was too much exposition, which might have been why I found it so hard to connect emotionally with him as a character.
I did like the main set of comics… even though there wasn’t a whole lot of background provided. I would have liked to see a bit more detail about how Quill had come to the terrible decision… and I found myself quite confused by who the real enemy was.
I liked seeing Quill working with the others, although Mantis made me think of an NPC from a video game who just tells the player random information. While I thought the details about her were interesting, I wasn’t sure why she was imprisoned compared to the rest of them.
I thought it was good to see that Quill was affected by what he’d done and I especially liked Rocket… though I was completely confused by why Groot was so eloquent. I didn’t like him as much as I did in his other appearances, although I did really like his appearance… and the information about his race.
It was interesting to learn bits and pieces of the rest of the characters, particularly about the Shi’ar… though I felt the one that was part of the group was far too unstable to be a real hero. And I did really like learning about the universal power. I also really liked Gabe’s character.
In the future, I would really like to read more about Peter Quill, but as part of the Guardians of the Galaxy storylines… rather than the much more unlikable version of him.