SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12 by Gerry Duggan, Rod Reis and VC's Cory Petit, on sale now.
The Guardians of the Galaxy have a fairly fluid line-up, even for superhero comics. Whether it’s Iron Man, Venom or even Jack Flag, the Guardians’ role as a safe-haven for superheroes without a place for them on Earth has become a defining factor for the team. However, since the beginning of Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder’s All-New Guardians of the Galaxy, the team has been smaller and more focused.
It’s no coincidence that the book launched around the time of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and features the same core line-up that fans of the films will recognize. However, now the series is well established and has released a year’s worth of comics in half that time, so the creative team has the chance to get a bit weirder and esoteric with the franchise, as it should be. The most recent issue features the Guardians taking a pit-stop on Earth to press the flesh and hit up some less than expected denizens of the Marvel Universe for their help, with one former Avenger coming along for the ride with them back into space.
Guardians of Earth
The Guardians of the Galaxy know the Infinity Stones have re-formed, but they don’t know where they are. For some reason, they always seem to turn up on Earth, so it’s a good first place to start 9regardless of Rocket’s personal distaste for the planet). Although we don’t see it, we learn Star-Lord visited with Victor Von Doom — who just laughed in his face — while Rocket’s crass nature clashed with the regality of the Black Panther. The other Guardians aren’t doing too well either, as Gamora takes Doctor Strange on a journey into the Soul World and introduces him to her blind elder counterpart residing in the other dimension, leading Strange to warn her to tread with caution going forward.
Drax has even less success than he may realize; while his meeting with Cable is ultimately fruitless, it does end with the time-traveling X-Men promising to keep an eye out for the Infinity Stones. Unfortunately, we learn that Cable was actually Loki in disguise, interfering in order to keep Drax from actually meeting Cable and learning some pertinent information. As we learned in the Marvel Legacy one-shot, Loki has been on his own quest to find the Infinity Stones and to keep the Guardians from finding them. He even manipulated The Gardner into creating the evil Groots, forcing Groot Prime to remain at his miniature stature. With the upcoming “Infinity Quest” storyline on the horizon, there’s definitely big things planned for the Stones. This week’s issue of The Mighty Thor featured a flash of the future that included Loki wielding the Infinity Gauntlet, plus the fact that Avengers: Infinity War is out in a matter of months — it seems this is the storyline to be paying attention to right now.