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Guardians Of The Galaxy #13: Review

Apr 2021
Al Ewing, Juan Frigeri

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13: We're super-heroes

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4 stars

Guardians Of The Galaxy #13 Review by (April 16, 2021)
Hala was destroyed in Guardians Of The Galaxy (2013) #25 during the Black Vortex event. Tarnax IV was eaten by Galactus in Fantastic Four #257.

The Progenitors are a Type II civilisation on the Kardashev scale because they have remodelled their whole solar system now called the World Farm. They were introduced in the Royals mini-series (where they were incorrectly classed as type IV, able to affect the whole universe). There we learned that they mutated the primitive Kree using Primagen. (The Kree later developed the inferior Terrigen with which they created species like the Inhumans.)

Wendell Vaughn was the original Quasar (but not the 1st to wear the Quantum Bands). In the Avengers Standoff event we learned that he retired because he was losing control of the Bands, and he left them in the care  of SHIELD. During Standoff Agent Avril Kincaid donned the Bands to become the new Quasar, and Wendell tutored her in their use.
Avril continued as Quasar until Secret Empire where she survived being swallowed by a Chitauri Leviathan but sacrificed herself to destroy the Defence Shield around Earth.
Wendell became Quasar again (with another set of Quantum Bands from somewhere?) but fell into a black hole with many others in #1 of our previous series. But before he escaped he discovered that Avril was trapped in there (as we learned in that series' Annual). Now we learn that he found a way to get her out but only via the quantum-swapping process, which led to their current time-sharing system.
They liken this to Rick Jones and the original Captain Marvel, but to me it seems more like Starhawk and Aleta of the original 31st Century Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Dr Doom has recently concluded his own short series, and shared a King In Black tie-in 1-shot with Iron Man.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Guardians Of The Galaxy #13 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The Guardians Of The Galaxy have settled into their new role as the official super-hero team of the Galaxy.

Throneworld II is the capital planet of the Kree/Skrull Alliance. It has been built within the shattered Hala, once the homeworld of the Kree, but named after the Skrulls' old Throneworld (Tarnax IV). But now it's being invaded by 4 Progenitors who seem to be here to try out a new mutagen on the Kree populace. Emperor Hulkling is organising an evacuation and has sent a message asking for help from the Galactic Council's Proscenium station.

Super-Skrull has received the message and has added it to his situation board. (We also see the Snarkwar on the Utopian Kree border (current SWORD series), X-Men handling political unrest on Chandilar (????), Iron Man dealing with Korvac's attempted apotheosis (current IM series), and a missing survey team on a newly-discovered world on the Galactic Rim (see below).) He in turn contacts Nova telling him to make it the Guardians' priority. Nova says they don't take orders from him, they're independent like the Avengers. But he was on the way to Hala now anyway and Peter Quill and others will join him there. However he also asks to be kept posted on the Rimworld situation ...

... and we catch up with some Guardians already there on Cauldron, Rimworld #360-3715. Captain Marvel (Phyla-Vell), Drax, Marvel Boy (Noh-Varr) and new addition to the team Quasar (Wendell Vaughn) are searching for the Galactic Rim Collective survey team on this newly-discovered habitable world. Drax finds them impaled on stakes and burned. And Noh spots Skrull writing on the stakes. They report back to Kl'rt who translates the Ancient Skrullian as "Believe in the flame", a sign of an ancient Skrull cult of the Secret Fire. Super-Skrull calls on Wiccan, the Alliance's Court Wizard, for magic insight ...

... but Billy Kaplan is busy with his husband Teddy Altman fighting the Progenitors. Hulkling has just killed 1 of the android-seeming aliens with floating heads. He used his magic sword Ekz'el-Zorr, the Sword Of Space, which disrupts other magic, so he guesses these guys are a mixture of science and sorcery. Another 1 sprays him with mutagen with affects his Kree half. Wiccan creates a protective forcefield and casts a healing spell.

Then Nova and his contingent of Guardians (Gamora, Groot, Moondragon, Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord) arrive. A 3rd Progenitor evaluates their threat-level and sprays them with napalm, which Gamora and Rocket take as an insult. Rocket responds with his latest big gun which blows the foe up and impresses Gamora. The Raccoon says he's getting too old to mess around. Large Groot tackles the 1 that mutated Hulkling but the even-larger alien has him at a disadvantage. Star-Lord shoots his ally with his Element Gun and the essence of sunlight, soil, water and fresh air causes the plant-being to grow and bloom and send roots/branches to destroy the android from inside. Now Moondragon mindscans the remaining Progenitor and declares it afraid. Nova grabs its floating head and takes it out of range of its body which disintegrates. He then takes the head into space and sends it on its way home with a message that this Galaxy is off-limits.

Nova reports back to Super-Skrull that the crisis is over, and Wiccan has cured the Emperor. Gamora has a quiet word with Peter Quill. She still hasn't forgiven her lover for running off and getting seemingly-killed (#1-2). And now he's returned (#9) having spent over 100 years in another dimension, but he's changed and distant from her. Peter admits that he still feels that Morinus is his home, and drops the bombshell that he has a son back there. And Nova gets an update from Phyla-Vell on Cauldron ...

... where they've tracked the prehistoric fire-cult which murdered the survey team. She says they need a spy rather than a super-hero. Quasar takes the hint and clangs his quantum wrist-bands together to be replaced by the female Quasar, Avril Kincaid. She explains for the benefit of Marvel Boy and us readers that she and Wendell worked out how to do a quantum swap like Mar-Vell and Rick Jones of old. As an ex-SHIELD Agent she fits the spy-bill.

They are looking down on a meeting of the Brethren Of The Forgotten Flame before a huge statue of a Skrull. They could all be Skrulls in different shapes but they seem rather to be a mixture of alien races (but no Kree as far as I can see). Skrull Sister Talionis welcomes all those who want the Alliance gone and their own Empires back. But they seem also to all worship the Secret Fire and the same Elder God known as He-Who-Waits. Soon there will be signs and it will be time for the sacrifice. Captain Marvel reports all this to Nova on Throneworld II ...

... where Moondragon is probing the mind of a dead Progenitor. She discovers that they came to study the Kree again because of the new Alliance. But she wonders how they heard about it because they'd ignored the Kree for millennia. Someone must have told them. Hulkling considers this an act of war. Then a loud voice from within a magical lightning storm declares "Then let it be war." He strikes Hulkling and Wiccan with bolts of lightning, dismissing the former as the so-called King Of Space, and also Nova and Star-Lord who now claims to be Master Of The Sun. More lightning strikes Gamora, Groot and Rocket and he scrambles Moondragon's mind. An armoured hand picks up Hulkling's Star-Sword and the holder is revealed as Dr Doom.

Juan Frigeri
Juan Frigeri
Federico Blee
Brett Booth (Cover Penciler)
Adelso Corona (Cover Inker)
Guru-eFX (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Darren Shan. Editor-in-chief: C. B. Cebulski.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)

(Drax the Destroyer)

(Teddy Altman)
Marvel Boy
Marvel Boy


(Richard Rider)

(Wendell Vaughn)

(Peter Quill)

(Billy Kaplan)

Plus: Captain Marvel (Phyla-Vell), Moondragon (of Infinity Wars), Progenitors, Quasar (Avril Kincaid), Super-Skrull.

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