Legendary Star-Lord 3: First Flight

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6.5 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Art: 7/10

Moves the character closer to the movie version

Feels unnecessary and continues to blur character's timeline

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Star-Lord

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Sam Humphries

Artist:  Javier Garron

# of Issues:  5

Release Date:  2016

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Star-Lord #2

Reprints Star-Lord #1-5 (January 2016-May 2016).  Peter Quill lost his mother to the Badoon at a young age though no one would believe him.  Joining a space program planning to colonize a planet, Peter plots to avenge his mother, but Peter learns that his intentions may not line up with the program.  When Peter steals a ship and is found by Yondu and the Ravagers, he learns that getting revenge might mean turning on his own people.

Written by Sam Huphries, Legendary Star-Lord Volume 3:  First Flight is an origin series that collects the new Star-Lord series following the end of Legendary Star-Lord.  Following Legendary Star-Lord Volume 2:  Rise of the Black Vortex, the series features art by Javier Garron.

Star-Lord is a very odd character.  His past has changed more times than most comic book heroes.  He’s been a jerk, a good guy, and Chris Pratt.  Marvel has tried to normalize Star-Lord in recent years to get closer to the Chris Pratt version, and Legendary Star-Lord 3:  First Flight is another attempt to do that.

With so many different origins to the character, First Flight provides a new origin that lines up a bit closer to the MCU version of the character.  It introduces a Yondu who is different from the classic Guardians of the Galaxy Yondu and a younger Peter Quill that hit the stars a lot earlier than other versions of his character.  The timeline still gets fuzzy, and it still feels like Star-Lord isn’t connected to the regular Marvel Universe.

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Star-Lord #3 Variant

The new origin is rather typical “hero” status.  Peter might have a greedy, self-serving motives, but he always makes the right choice in the end.  The original Star-Lord was kind of a jerk.  He was definitely an antihero, and I kind of liked that about him.  While I enjoy the new Star-Lord, I sometimes wish the old Star-Lord was still an option.

I have to say, I don’t like the modern Yondu.  Yondu was one of my favorite characters and while it was cool to see Yondu on the big screen, I missed my giant finned Yondu of the classic Guardians.  What I don’t like about this volume is the attempt to streamline the movie version of Yondu…I hope that doesn’t mean that the classic version is forever lost in time.

It feels like Marvel has tweaked and over-tweaked the character.  At this point, I don’t know what Peter Quill’s real past is.  Is he the guy introduced in Marvel Preview #4 (January 1976) who also appeared in Guardians 3000 as a variation of the current Star-Lord…or is he pre-movie Star-Lord…or is he the Chris Pratt Star-Lord?  It feels almost unnecessary or unwanted.  The series returned to “present day” following these issues.  Legendary Star-Lord 3:  First Flight is followed by Legendary Star-Lord 4:  Out of Orbit.

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