There’s More Than You Bargained for in OLD MAN QUILL #1 (Review)
Writer: Ethan Sacks
Pencils: Robert Gill
Colors: Andres Mossa
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The time is finally among us. The story of the Wastelands continues on at the helm of Ethan Sacks, writer of last year’s “Old Man Hawkeye”, along with the artistic team of Robert Gill and Andres Mossa. Sacks caught everyone by surprise last year by telling a story nobody thought they wanted, and turned it into the story everybody needs to read with “Old Man Hawkeye.” After reading the first issue of “Old Man Quill”, I am just as excited as I was last year when I set down issue one of “Hawkeye.” Like every other “Old-Man” story, this one takes place in the future. An aged Peter Quill, or Starlord, is now Emperor of Spartax. Yep, Emperor. Quill is living out a life of royalty with a lovely family as well. Our hero is called to duty to stop The Universal Church of Truth. Quill goes in pretty cocky, which turns out to be not so smart. When his crew is met by Matriarch, they learn that this call was all just a distraction. Without their King to protect, Spartax was destroyed, along with Quill’s family. Heavy stuff, right? It gets even better. Fast forward, and we see Peter drinking his pain away, until he gets an unexpected visit from his old pals, The Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s not quite the heartfelt hello or reunion you would expect either, especially from Rocket. Quill seemed to have left his friends for the opportunity at Royalty way back, hence their separation. Hopefully we get clued in on that a bit more as the series progresses. There is also a member missing, and Sacks quickly eludes away from any answers as to why. This missing member is none other than the beloved Groot. Very few details are told about his vacancy, but I have no doubt that Sacks will be filling us in on all of that soon enough. Moving along, Quill gets talked into helping out his old team once he finds out they are being hunted by The Universal Church of Truth. Those same bad guys that blew up Spartax. While out embarking on their first call, they follow an emergency beacon that leads them directly into a Brood trap. The Guardians find it odd that the Avengers have let something like this go on for as long as it has, so they take off to Earth to get some answers. Our story leaves us with a crash landing at the foot of Mount Doom, in the Wastelands.
Ethan Sacks seems to have a lock on the Wasteland stories. He surprised everyone with “Old Man Hawkeye”, and he’s delivering once again with “Old Man Quill.” I love how he deals with the emotion and reality of these human characters he chooses to write, and now we get to see something different with him unexpectedly throwing the Guardians of the Galaxy into the mix. The anger that Rocket feels with the absence of Groot seems spot on. Mantis and Drax still have their somewhat goofy voices, but Sacks also knows how to age that same goofiness as well. Gamora, well, she’s still Gamora. This is a bigger cast than I am used to seeing Sacks write, but there was nothing sacrificed as far a quality characters go. In just one issue Sacks has convinced me that there will be plenty to love about the next eleven months to come.
Robert Gill and Andres Mossa really brought it. They had major shoes to fill after Marcco Checchetto’s last work with Sacks. They did not fall short at all. The grittiness of a Wastelands story calls for only one kind of art style, and these two delivered it. Tons of detail suits this book well, but with that comes the challenge of consistency. There is never any confusion as to who is who. Yes, we all know the GOTG, but we’ve never seen them in an aged form, so making them recognizable throughout a new title is vital. This was not an issue for these artists. I feel they did a great job giving well-known characters a new look without making it confusing to older readers or fans.
I have been anticipating this title since it was announced months ago, and I could not be further from disappointed. This first issue leaves plenty of unanswered questions, which I cannot wait to find the answers to. Also, I did not expect a GOTG cameo so soon, if even at all, so I am excited to see who else Sacks decides to throw into the Wastelands. Could Quill and crew come across a Kate Bishop perhaps? Or maybe even an Old Man Matt Murdock, whom Sacks teased at the end of his “Hawkeye” story? I don’t know, but I cannot wait to find out what’s in store for the next year. This is a title you definitely do not want to miss out on.
I have been anticipating this title since it was announced months ago, and I could not be further from disappointed.