Writer Sam Humphries puts Peter Quill through a battery of attacks in “Legendary Star-Lord” #6, as Quill tries to have an enjoyable date with Kitty Pryde — except the couple are on the town via hologram technology, so it’s more of a virtual date. The holographic interface of the virtual projections are masterfully constructed through collaboration between penciler Paco Medina, inker Juan Vlasco, colorist David Curiel and letterer Joe Caramagna.
The issue’s events all come together quickly as Medina’s art hits a double-page spread on the second and third pages, which reveal Peter Quill and Kitty Pryde at an opera on Spartax. The setting of space opera is indicative of Humphries’ approach for humor in this series. “Legendary Star-Lord” #6 in particular relies more on mining levity from otherwise tense situations, as Quill has to keep his guard up, but needs to project (literally) himself as cool and collected. Throughout the date, he has to evade the members of the Slaughter Squad, who were set on Quill’s trail by Mister Knife, lest Kitty consider him to be a total basket case, ending any potential for a lasting relationship before it has a chance to truly blossom. Humphries continues his characterization of Star-Lord as a man on the run, but works counter-intuitively to the assist he received in the prior issue.
Medina has some fun with Star-Lord on the cover of this issue, adding in the now-trademark Walkman and bringing the overall look closer to the Chris Pratt interpretation of the character. Inside “Legendary Star-Lord” #6, Medina only has a few bursts of Star-Lord in action, which mostly come with the Guardian of the Galaxy sporting his familiar mask. Otherwise, Quill is decked out in a powder-blue tux (which Curiel mercifully makes less “powdery”) for his date. Again, this displays Humphries’ wit, but also showcases his collaborative faith with Medina. In addition to visually conscribing the date, Medina has designed some fine looks for the Slaughter Squad, giving them all unique, interesting appearances. Czar Doon (a Badoon) and Raksor (a Skrull) trend a little close together, but Curiel delivers subtle shading differences in their complexions.
With “Legendary Star-Lord” #6, Humphries shows readers he has constructed a comic book that is reminiscent of the old “Star Wars” series from Marvel, when Han Solo had started off in his own direction and made his way through the galaxy, finding trouble spot after trouble spot, some of his own creation. Such is the case with Peter Quill, in a series that stands independent of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” series, but intersects with the Marvel Universe enough to be relevant.