will remember, last issue ended with Talon becoming a werewolf version of
himself. We are not yet sure how this
affected his personality though (a personality that was shitty at best
anyway). One thing we do know is that
that transformation set off alarm bells that have the rest of the Guardians
awoken from their slumber and running to see what the problem is. The choice of sleep attire is odd for the
Guardians as Yondu wears a skirt and boots, Yellowjacket wears a long button
down t-shirt and what look like high heels, and Nikki wears a half shirt, bunny
slippers and the weirdest looking underwear I have ever seen (are they really
supposed to go that high?)
get to the medbay (I’m assuming that’s where Talon is) in time to see Talon
throw Cuchulain through the wall. Talon
comes strolling out of the hole in the wall and is immediately reprimanded by
Vance, who he proceeds to backhand, something we’ve all wanted to do to Vance
for the better part of a year. Yondu
breaks up the squabble and removes Talon from the room before any more damage
can be done.
new costume time! Aleta couldn’t let
Talon have all the fun when it came to a new costume, so she decided to get one
of her own. Unfortunately, Aleta’s
fashion sense is right in line with her taste in boyfriends as her new costume
is silly and downright ugly. I like that
Gallagher has given her the new suit because the black suit she had before
reminds her too much of the containment suit that Vance wears. This is a sound reason for changing costumes
that most heroes rarely possess. The
fact that she comes right out and says that to Vance shows a distinct lack of
tact, however it seems like all of the characters that Gallagher writes have
that trait, so I shouldn’t be surprised.
Stockade, Charlie has got his ass kicked by Tork and his jailers, and is near
death. Luckily, the psychopath that is
his roommate, Diablo, has something for Charlie that will apparently make him
“good as new”. We stay on Stockade as
the warden of the prison planet speaks to the Guardians. They try to get Charlie released, stating
that he is not Ripjak. The warden agrees
to meet with a delegation of the Guardians, as long as there are no women
involved (apparently no women are allowed on Stockade because Gallagher already
wrote one rape scene and doesn’t feel like writing another). Vance and Cuchulain head down to Stockade
while the women handle things on the ship, including manning the torpedoes in
case something goes wrong down on the prison planet (what could go wrong,
check in on Talon who is resisting any attempt by Yondu to tame the savage
beast. Yellowjacket attempts to give
Talon’s amulet back to him, but Krugarr, the Sorcerer Supreme will not allow
it. He takes the amulet and knocks Talon
out in the process, claiming that Talon is no longer “worthy” (kind of a
Thor-Mjolnir relationship I guess).
Yellowjacket then uses her Pym particles to shrink Talon down to a more
to Nikki in the torpedo bay, who is visited by the mutant Sidestep. She tells Nikki about how she is becoming
disenchanted with Rancor’s rule and she offers a clue to help Nikki down the
road in the form of a riddle. “Think of
the scar” she says. It’s an ominous
warning that you can’t really make much out of at this point, but will be
revealed in due time I’m sure. She then
Stockade, Vance and Cuchulain are treated to the evidence that the Warden has
of Charlie’s guilt, including a video and dna evidence. Cuchulain decides he’s going to start a fight
in the face of overwhelming evidence, one that spills out into the halls as
more prison guards join the fracas. The
warden decides to use his backup plan, to unleash Drax the Destroyer on
Cuchulain. How does he do this, you ask? By turning off Drax’s cartoons of
Next Issue: Drax vs. Cuchulain, and the winner gets to watch
Ren and Stimpy (this was the 90’s after all)!
This is by far the best album of the Bon Scott era in my
opinion. Everything just feels like it’s
hitting on all cylinders with the music and the vocals. Scott is not as smarmy as he was in the
previous albums and the music is a tad more accessible because of it. Angus is just Angus.
Tracks you may
High way to Hell – You can’t get any better than this for a
Bon Scott track. The chorus, the guitar
solo, it’s AC/DC at their best, and a spiritual successor to the entire Back in Black album.
Girls Got Rhythm – Just a great groove, one of the best
songs on the album.
Tracks you should
Night Prowler – This is just a creepy, heavy way to end the
album, and it’s something you should definitely listen to on the regular.
Touch Too Much – It’s a fun track with a good “Highway to
Hell” kind of beat (as do a lot of the songs on this album) but it’s still
clean and solid all around.
My personal favorite:
Girls Got Rhythm – Such a good track with a great beat. The guitar work is still as good as ever, and
it’s one of the tracks that doesn’t sound like a tweaked “Highway to Hell”.
that on the cover? Could it be? The return of Cuchulain? Thank Kirby, I’ve been waiting for this since
the third annual…
now that we got the sarcasm out of the way, this issue opens with the
Guardians’ ship appearing above a village on Earth, one that just happens to be
the home of Shamrock and Cuchulain (who made their first appearance in this
book in the third annual issue). While I
give Michael Gallagher a lot of crap for his lazy writing, and terrible
characterizations, the fact that he is treating the Annuals as if they are an
important part of the overarching story is great to see. Many writers use these issues for giant
throwaways, or at the very least, a filler tale that has little significance on
the overall story. Gallagher has not
only introduced characters that he brought back into the comic (the
aforementioned Cuchulain and Shamrock) but he has also introduced big,
overarching plot devices that need to be addressed in the regular series
(talon’s impending forced fatherhood and Charlie’s disappearance). This makes the annual more of an issue 50.5
than a regular annual, and for someone that loves collecting the complete
story, I appreciate that.
the issue at hand. When the ship appears
above the village, it is not known by the inhabitants that the Guardians come
in peace. In fact, even those that have
dealt with the Guardians before are unaware of the fact that they are the
inhabitants of that spacecraft. It
doesn’t help matters that Vance, in his new black suit, is the first one to
touch down on Earth. His is unrecognizable
in his new getup and everyone reacts as you would expect they would, including
Cuchulain going on the offensive and outright attacking him. The rest of the Guardians make their way down
to the surface, after letting Vance and Cuchulain duke it out for awhile. This seems like a silly re-introduction to
the characters but I have a feeling at this point Marvel was just letting
Gallagher do whatever he wanted.
some more mistaken identities, where Talon gets manhandled by Cuchulain
(causing him to complain about his back…again) we cut to the heavy exposition
portion of the program. The Guardians
then learn that Charlie’s whereabouts are actually on the prison planet known
as Stockade, as he is being accused of being the interplanetary serial killer
known as Ripjak.
on schedule, we head out to stockade, where Charlie is getting some pretty poor
treatment from the guards, which only gets worse when he refuses to sign a
confession. He is then thrown into
General Population (which is akin to a cop being placed in the same circumstance
nowadays) with the insane villain known as Diablo. It doesn’t take long for Charlie’s presence
to be noticed though as Tork, the Tokka clone comes in and makes his presence
known. He apparently “runs” the floor
and is hell-bent on making Charlie’s stay a painful one.
Earth there is more exposition as Cuchulain says goodbye to Shamrock (he has
been asked to join the Guardians for this mission given the fact that their
“heavy hitter” is the one they are rescuing).
They all get onboard the ship and Cuchulain freaks out because he has
never seen anything like this before (remember, he is a medieval character who
is now in the future). While the ladies
are calming him down, Vance and Talon fight once again over command of the
Guardians. That is broken up by request
for aid from Nikki to help control Cuchulain.
they deal with that mess, Vance sits down with Aleta to rekindle his
romance. He pulls back the symbiote
around his mouth to reveal his old man face, which Aleta finds appealing for
some reason, and they begin to kiss, until the symbiote gets an alien boner and
tries to latch on to Aleta. She runs in
fear and Vance begins to cry.
to Talon and Trans-Molecular Reconstitutor, which has helped save Martinex and
Charlie in the past, both times not only saving their lives but augmenting
their existing powers. Talon wants to
use it to help his ailing back but he know that no one else will assist him in
doing so. He then drafts Cuchulain to do
this for him because he knows no better.
After the machine does its job, Talon comes out looking more like a
werewolf and less like a kitty-cat.
Next Issue: we see if Talon’s latest hairstyle sticks and
Vance gets all emo.