WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Justice League #34 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Bruno Redondo, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi and Tom Napolitano, on sale now.
As much as we love Chris Pratt's Peter Quill, he kind of doomed the entire universe in Avengers: Infinity War with his petulant, brattish behavior regarding Thanos. When the Guardians and Avengers subdued the villain on Titan and were one step away from removing the Infinity Gauntlet, Star Lord got emotional over the Mad Titan killing his partner, Gamora, broke formation to throw a few punches and as a result, allowed Thanos to regain the upper-hand.
We know how that played out as Thanos went on to snap half of all life out of existence, leading to Avengers: Endgame and Tony Stark eventually sacrificing himself to set reality right. Still, victory was within reach on Titan and if not for Quill's rash actions, things would have been different. Now, in Justice League #34, Kendra Saunders gets her own Star Lord moment, and just like Quill, she makes a stupid decision that messes up the heroes' plans against Perpetua and Lex Luthor.
With the Starmen syncing up across various timestreams to bring the Totality shards to Will Payton, Kendra needs to follow a precise set of orders. Her wings hold residual energy from the Source Wall, and Will needs this to power up the Ultra-Monitor, so they can create the Justice Totality and destroy Perpetua. However, as we've seen time and time again in this book, Kendra lets her emotions get the best of her and more so, her thirst for revenge.
Will warns Kendra not to break formation as they battle Lex Luthor -- the Apex Predator-- and Perpetua, as he needs her to help recover the shards once all heroes come back from the past and future. She has to combine her powers with the Ultra-Monitor to help deliver the killing blow, but instead, she wanders off to go attack Lex for killing Martian Manhunter, her romantic partner.
Even though Starman warned her not to attack Lex, Kendra's stubbornness truly messes things up when he opens a portal to bring the other heroes back to the present. Will asks her to power him up so he can open the portal faster but Kendra sees a distracted Lex, entranced by the portal and on the cusp of giving up, and realizes she can sneak a killing blow.
In her eyes, He has to pay for murdering the love of her life and thus, she abandons Will and tries to smash Lex with her mace. However, he senses the assault and counters, stabbing and pinning her down so she can't get to Will. Sadly, Will's energy dissipates and he can't open the rift fast enough, causing it to close down.
The heroes can't come over to unite the Totality shards, which leads to Perpetua breaking the Ultra-Monitor down to the Anti-Monitor, enslaved under her command once more. As Lex gloats to a broken Kendra, she can't believe the consequences of her actions, made all the more worse as Perpetua grabs a drained Will and kills the Starman by crushing him within her palm.
Just like Quill, she cursed the entire cosmos due to remarkably poor timing and failing to put business ahead of personal issues. And much like Thanos, now Perpetua has been enabled to go and reshape the universe as she sees fit because there's no one powerful enough to stop her anymore.
Justice League #35 goes on sale Nov. 6.