WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy #10 by Donny Cates, Cory Smith, Victor Olazaba, David Curiel and VC's Cory Petit, on sale Wednesday, Oct. 16.
The Guardians of the Galaxy find themselves in a tough spot against the Universal Church of Truth. The fanatical group has returned with a new leader -- Peter Quill's mind-controlled father, J'son on Spartax -- and mission of stealing life energy in order to resurrect a being inside the type of regenerative cocoon that normally houses Adam Warlock.
However, instead of Adam Warlock emerging from the cocoon, it's the previously deceased Guardian of the Galaxy member, Drax the Destroyer. Of course, this comes as a shock after fans witnessed Drax sacrifice himself in the 2018 Infinity Wars event series, where he was split into his human Arthur Douglas and alien destroyer forms. The Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1 one-shot revealed Arthur Douglas was still alive in the Warp World of Secret Warps, while the Destroyer lived on in the Soul World.
A preview of Guardians of the Galaxy #10 catches up with Drax right after hatching from his cocoon, to the shock and dismay of Star-Lord. Peter tries to talk some sense into his friend and former teammate, though J'son -- now calling himself the Patriarch -- warns his son that this isn't the Drax he's familiar with. Peter was never known for his brains, and continues trying to reach Drax by recounting memories of Arthur Douglas, his favorite musical instrument (saxophone), his daughter Moondragon and the one time he killed Thanos.
One chokehold later, and Drax makes it clear that this is a reborn Destroyer who is not looking for a reunion. If that wasn't enough, Drax teases the formation of his Destroyer Horde to continue the Universal Church of Truth's evil campaign.
While the preview cuts off before we get to see what emerges from the cocoons, we can theorize that it will be a green-skinned Drax army looking to destroy whatever is in its path. Star-Lord won't be able to stop them by himself, and Beta Ray Bill, Phyla-Vell and Gamora are currently under the control of the Patriarch. Groot and Moondragon have left to recruit Rocket Raccoon for help, but he is suffering from an ailment that is slowly killing him. All may not be lost, however, as they are also bringing along a de-aged Adam Warlock.
This version of Drax the Destroyer is most likely the one stuck in the Soul World battling a horde of enemies. If the Guardians of the Galaxy stand any chance of survival and victory, they may have to bring in the musician Arthur Douglas to even the odds. Wouldn't it be wild if an Arthur Douglas Horde steps up to take on Drax the Destroyer Horde?