Rating: 3.5/5 – Entertaining Despite Star-Lord Being Out of Character.
by ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde is one of the last new series to launch under the Secret Wars event. As we head into the last week of July, most all of the series that will be released have been, and we now head into the second and final half of Marvel’s biggest story in years. Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde is a fun first issue that puts the two characters in a different light then when we saw them last. Right before Secret Wars ended in the conclusion of the Black Vortex storyline, Peter and Kitty got engaged. In this series, although Star-Lord is the one from the main 616 Marvel Universe and the one that popped the question, this isn’t the same Kitty Pryde and that causes a whole lot of problems.
Writer Sam Humphries gets the opportunity to write about a character in Star-Lord that knows and remembers the 616 universe before it was destroyed. Although I don’t necessarily agree that Star-Lord would be doing what he’s doing in Battleworld, it does make for a fun book. Star-Lord is now a night club singer. After getting separated from the rest of the survivors aboard Reed’s ship, Peter Quill ends up in an exclusive Manhattan club as a lounge singer. It seems out of character for someone who’s led a Guardians team that has saved the universe multiple times, and just what led him to making this choice is never explained. Although it doesn’t ring true to the character, Humphries is able to make the story entertaining and when Peter runs into a Kitty Pryde from this part of Battleworld, things don’t go as he planned which should make the rest of the series more compelling than I originally had thought at the beginning of this issue.
The art by Alti Firmansyah is a nice style choice for the tone of the story. His pencils are clean and almost cartoon like, but can still invoke that sense of seriousness when they need to. The colors by Jessica Kholinne are bright which also gives the story that more light-hearted feel. Despite Star-Lord being out of character in the choices that he’s made, it’s still a fun first issue that entertained me until the end. I’m not sure where the story is headed and if Peter’s journey will lead to bigger things within Secret Wars, but I’m also not sure if that’s what this series is about or if that was the intention. So far, Humphries and Firmansyah are telling a solid story and I’m ok with that.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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