WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy #146, by Gerry Duggan and Marcus to, on sale now.
This week saw Guardians of the Galaxy, by Gerry Duggan and Marcus To, return to its original numbering as part of the Marvel Legacy relaunch. Not only does Issue #146 kick off a new storyline -- "Infinity Quest" -- it features a whole new direction for the Guardians, and a new team member to boot in the form of the Astonishing Ant-Man, Scott Lang. Plus, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Baby Groot have traded their now-familiar garb for Nova Corps outfits, now that they're officially full-fledged members of the intergalactic police force.
But while the team is helping to rebuild the once proud and mighty intergalactic space cops organization, they have a mission of their own: Locate the Infinity Stones which, as it turns out, have been missing ever since reality was re-written in the conclusion of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic's Secret Wars. Alas, the Guardians aren't allowed to make much headway towards that challenging goal; as the issue opens, they're scattered, dispatched on various rescue operations.
Ant-Man and Gamora (much to the most lethal woman in the galaxy's dismay) are sent to rescue a fleet in need of help. But once they get there, what should have been a simple run-of-the-mill rescue operation quickly turns into a disaster, with the revelation that the villain responsible for the fleet's demise is a resurgent form of infamous Avengers villain Ultron.
Of course, when we last saw Ultron, he had physically bonded with Hank Pym, building a city for himself in the frozen wastelands of Alaska in the pages of writer Nick Spencer's Captain America-centric event, Secret Empire. So how could Ultron now be in space, attacking unassuming alien fleets?