Well, the Guardians finally found the lost colony of earthmen, and it is a desolate existence for them. Apparently the Mutants that escaped with Magneto populated the planet, yet the mutant population dwindled with every generation (which is a smart way of playing it for Valentino, really showing that humans and mutants are the same aside from, basically, a birth defect) and there are now only a handful left. Of course, the mutants are the ruling class as they hold the human population under their control. The leader, Rancor, as we will learn this issue, is a descendant of Wolverine and got to her place of power by killing her own father to assume the mantle of leadership. Maybe Martinex can learn a thing or two about being a leader as he keeps trying to give his position of power away.
Anyway, as many tyrants are wont to do, they abuse the populace under them, ruling by fear. The mutants do this by flying around in their “police” cars and randomly targeting people for execution. They apparently mess with the wrong human though as Giraud, a major player in the resistance fights back and doesn’t just lay down and die at their whim. As he is escaping from them a bright light emerges from a doorway in an alley and, of course, he heads through it. He doesn’t have much choice as the mutants are bearing down on him, but he has no idea what he’s walking into. We know, because of the way Valentino differentiates Starhawk’s word balloons from everyone else’s, that it’s the one who knows within the bright light.
When Giraud steps into the light, he is teleported to the Guardians’ ship and proceeds to tell them the story of his world. It all started when Magneto whisked the remaining mutants away from earth instead of let them stay and be destroyed. They set up shop on Haven (the name of their current planet) and after a tussle with Apocalypse, Wolverine helped them set up the society that they currently “enjoy” today. As each generation of mutant continued to rule, they got meaner and meaner which brought us to Rancor, the latest descendant of Wolverine that is more like Sabretooth, Wolverine’s sworn enemy, than the ole’ canucklehead himself.
After we learn about the oppression that the humans are living under (not so unsimilar to the oppression felt by mutants in the regular Marvel Universe) we see that first hand as the evil mutants attack the base of operations of the resistance, slaughtering them all.
The Guardians try and play the good guy, diplomatic route with the mutants as they split into two teams. One team, comprised of Yondu, Aleta and Martinex tries to talk to Rancor and find a peaceful solution, while the rest go to confront and aid the resistance if the diplomatic route fails. It doesn’t take long for the diplomatic route to fail as the guardians are attacked by Rancor and her lieutenants pretty much as soon as they arrive. The Guardians are outnumbered and quickly lose (surprise, surprise). The rest of the team (minus Starhawk who is off being mysterious) arrives at the base of the resistance only to see the bodies from the massacre we witnessed earlier. Not only that, but then Rancor pops up on TV (as most villains usually do) to announce that she has the Guardians and the rest of the team should all be treated as fugitives from the law. Not only that, but the Guardians that are already captured will be executed one per hour until the rest surrender.
Will the Guardians get their friends back? Will they wait four hours and be out of teammates? Will Giraud trim those flowing hair metal locks? Tune in next time to find out.