The Star-Lord is the face of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” and with good reason. Not only is he the leader of the team, but actor Chris Pratt creates an enduring hero, the kind we all love to root for. Just sneaky enough, just handsome enough, and just enough scoundrel that we want to see more of his adventures the same way we feel about heroes like Han Solo and Indiana Jones.
Star-Lord is appearing in many of Marvel Comics' books at the moment including collections of his past missions, but it is the “Legendary Star-Lord” series by Sam Humphries and Paco Medina that captures the feel of the hero portrayed by Pratt. By having Peter Quill, the Star-Lord, on his own solo missions Humphries is able to get the character back to his wise-cracking and reckless swashbuckling ways. It is a part of his character that can get overlooked when he is part of the group.
The adventures of the first two issues of “Legendary Star-Lord” take Quill on missions where his Guardians teammates may only get in his way. It is the super-hero/thief way of staying sharp between jobs. The first story sees our hero robbing an orphanage only to be beaten to the prize by a swarm of alien reptiles. The second story sees Star-Lord convincing a long-lost and unknown sister to help him rob the deadliest bounty-hunters in the galaxy.
The missions allow for Humphries to explore that side of Star-Lord that makes him a hero despite his somewhat unscrupulous tactics. More than any other of his recent appearances this take on Star-Lord jives with the hero we see in the movie and reads as if this is what he does in his time off. One mission leads to the next and Star-Lord needs to use all his wits, his weapons, and his charm to escape disaster. And if you ask him why he does it he’ll just claim boredom.
Medina, with inker Juan Vlasco, brings a good look to the comic with beautiful artwork. The pages have a cartoon sensibility to them but with realistic overtones. For a sci-fi/fantasy story it is a great look continuing the design sense established in the movie with the way the characters dress and the settings they are surrounded by. The colors of David Curiel make for a bright story which runs along with those same types of settings as the movie with a palette that contrasts from the bright clothes to the dark, cold look of the ships and villains.
The artwork conveys a lot of the story of the book, often accentuating those moments where Star-Lord is in distress, which are quite frequent. The work stays clear and clean and provides a lot of detail that makes the hero look heroic and the world around him full of great things to look at.
If you want to see more of the rogue side of Star-Lord from the movie than “Legendary Star-Lord” is worth checking out. Humphries and Medina do a stellar job exploring Peter Quill’s adventures. The first two issues read well on their own as standalone stories, but there are overarching themes that Humphries is playing with that add additional intrigue to keep you reading, most of which is a heavy burden that Star-Lord has thrust upon his own shoulders and will ultimately be a big payoff for this comic book.