GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2-11 (1990-1991): Quest for the Shield/World of Mutants

Jim Valentino is the writer/artist of this book that, frankly, I’m not sure is canon.  I mean, Vance Astro is a canonical character as a member of the New Warriors, and Firelord certainly is as well, but these are stories that take place in the future and so many futures later become “possible futures” or erased entirely, so I’ll move quickly through the summaries here. I will say, though, that it is much better than I expected.

These early issues reintroduce the lineup…

…and establish an alliance with former Galactus’ herald Firelord.

There’s a villainous race of armored aliens called Stark…

And a villain called Taserface.

OK, that’s kinda silly/cool. 

The story also shows them searching for and finding the original adamantium shield used by Captain America.

Issue #7 introduces Malevolence, who is basically the 31st Century’s Mephisto.  She becomes a recurring villain for the group.  Issues #7-11, loosely, are the “world of mutants” arc.

I’ll do another “group summary” of multiple issues in another post, after I’ve read more.

Creator: Jim Valentino
Grade: C-

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