WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Old Man Quill #1 by Ethan Sacks, Robert Gill, Andres Mossa and Joe Caramagna, in stores now.
Following the conclusion to last year's Old Man Hawkeye, Marvel is once again plunging us deep into the Old Man Logan universe with Old Man Quill. While we've more than seen what a literal hell on Earth life is like in this dark and dystopian future, the new series by Ethan Sacks and Robert Gill shows us what the rest of the cosmos has become.
When we find an aging Peter Quill out in space, he is no longer a proud member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. He's a broken man who has lost everything in a universe that fears the terrifying threat of the Universal Church of Truth. However, it isn't long before the former Star-Lord once again joins up with his friends Drax, Rocket, Gamora and Mantis.
Following a distress signal in the solar system, the old Guardians try to discover why the Avengers and the rest of the world's heroes would abandon a universe in need. As their ship crash lands on Earth, the Guardians find themselves in a world they no longer recognize. Worse still, it's now under the control of one of Marvel's biggest villains: Doctor Doom.
When the Guardians get out of their crashed ship, they are informed that they are now in the Wastelands, the desert plains that once made up the United States. When they look beyond, they see the familiar outline of the Mount Rushmore monument -- but there's a big problem. All of the faces of presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln have been replaced by sculpts of Doom. In fact, one of them is currently in the process of being constructed.
In the original Old Man Logan by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, we saw that Mount Rushmore still featured the faces of the four presidents, but that a fifth head, that of Red Skull's, had been added to their right. At the time, the Red Skull reigned supreme in the country, but the original series would end with Logan killing the Captain America villain.
Now, in Old Man Quill #1, we can see that the fifth head of the Skull is still there, but that it's been eroded, destroyed. This confirms that, while Old Man Hawkeye was a prequel series to the events of Millar and McNiven's Old Man Logan, Old Man Quill is actually a sequel.
Thanks to the new appearance of Mount Rushmore, we can deduce that the Red Skull's death created a power vacuum, and that it was none other than Victor Von Doom who rose up to fill it. While we've known that Doom was one of the members the Skull's union of villains that defeated all of the world's heroes, we actually have yet to see what he's been up to in the Old Man Logan universe.
Given the twisted nature of this dark future, we imagine that Doom has been keeping quite busy. As Doom does.