The issue throws us into a conversation between Kitty Pride and the Collector, who appears to have taken both Kitty and Star Lord as prisoners. He gives Kitty the ultimatum that both of them will be let go if she reveals the true reason behind this couple's break up, otherwise they are his property. Apparently, either the Collector is working for the Marvel equivalent of TMZ or he is just an overall nosey son of a bitch with possession issues. Maybe even both.
Kitty obviously begins to spill the juicy details to the Collector, mostly because she wants the hell off of his creepy Frog ship! We’re given in depth reasoning and analysis as to why these two kids hit Splitsville. Just as Kitty gets to the emotional core of her tail, she is able to use some trickery to her advantage, most likely doubting the Collectors true intentions, and able to knock him upside the head and down for the count. This obviously frees Kitty to head off and rescue Star Lord in true hero fashion. Before the Collector is able to gather his bearings and count to three Mississippi, it appears more of his items, besides Star Lord, were also released which results in him being unfortunate (and hilarious) roadkill to a beautifully drawn space stampede.
Kitty and Star Lord use this as an opportunity to escape, but before they can pop the top to some bubbly and celebrate freedom, their ship dies en route and they are left floating in the void of space to discuss life, the universe and everything. This is terrifying … who wants to discuss life at any moment especially when you're knock, knock knocking on Heaven's Door?! Even though Star Lord and myself don’t seem too excited about these prospects, it does provide the alone time these two lovers needed to work things out. Before everything ends all hunky dorey, Kitty and Star Lord are buzzed on the ships paging unit and alerted of this week’s cliffhanger which may result in them going back where they just escaped from, but we will have to tune back in and see.
This was a mixed bag to me. If I had to wager a guess as to what my main complaint would be with the issue itself I would say it’s probably the book read and felt like watching a romantic comedy to me. That is just not my type of entertainment, not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s just not for me. However if you’ve followed these two love birds in past events and issues I can see how this comic might be a must read for those fans. On a higher note I’d like to point out that the art, colors, everything has another world feel to it. The use of bright and vibrant shades to go along the splash page of some very unique character designs really emphasizes the sci-fi feel and I just wish there was more of this in this book.
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In short; Star Lord #8 lies somewhere between decent and good enough entertainment to justify a look if you’re a fan of any of the characters represented here. I don’t personally have those connections, therefore, the emotional impact playing out on the pages just didn’t hit me at my empty core. The premise just didn’t pull me into the book like I initially thought it would. However, there is still a lot to like here and longtime Guardians fans will enjoy the progression their characters get.