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"Old Man Quill #5" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Ethan Sacks
Illustrated by Robert Gill
Colored by Andres Mossa
Lettered by Joe Caramagna
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 15th, 2019

Review:

Star-Lord and the Guardians of the Galaxy have returned to Earth to find the planet in ruins. The villains united and made short work of the heroes. They now rule the world with an iron fist. In his short time back on his home planet, Peter Quill has made a name for himself, standing up for the people. The Universal Church of Truth is hot on their heels and they’ll have to act fast to get their hands on an artifact to stop this maniacal force once and for all.

Old Man Quill further expands on the world we first saw years ago in Old Man Logan. This issue brings in my favorite mutant, Jamie Madrox (aka the Multiple Man), in a pretty horrific way. It turns out he’s replicated himself so much that his mind fractured, creating ravenous zombie-like dupes. They descend upon a town to devour anything in sight. Plus, they’re tough to fight back because if you don’t kill them, they’ll just create another duplicate.

Artist Robert Gill delivers on the terror with the Madrox Gang. They look absolutely insane with broken teeth, crazy eyes, and claw-like fingernails. They’re a bit like the infected in 28 Days Later, although I don’t know that they’d turn you into one of them if they bit you. You’d definitely want to get some antibiotics after encountering them though.

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Everything about the Madrox Gang is unsettling. They look absolutely filthy. Colorist Andes Mossa gives them a dirty yet sickly appearance. Granted, the rest of this world isn’t much better, as everything has gone to crap, but there are at least some clean spots. I don’t know that these dupes have ever seen a bath.

Letterer Joe Caramagna amplifies this fight scene with some great sound effect placement. There’s one shot where a dupe is coming out with a disgusting “SKULLLCCH” that makes me want to throw up. It’s placed right where the dupe is appearing and it brings to mind all kinds of blood and gore.

Peter Quill is a broken man in this series. He doesn’t have much to live for after the death of his wife and kids. This mission has given him purpose again, but he’s still struggling to hold his head up after wallowing in darkness for so long. This presents a pretty interesting dynamic when he’s treated as a hero. He’s uncomfortable with this attention and praise, as he doesn’t feel like he deserves it.

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The rest of the Guardians realize this and do what they can to not cheer him on, but to support him. They’re a family and one of their own is hurting. Writer Ethan Sacks highlights really well. By the end of Old Man Quill #5, they’ve finally gotten Peter to the point where he isn’t just moping around all the time. He’s about to turn the corner, which is why he’ll soon face his toughest obstacle yet.

This version of the Marvel Universe is a true dystopian landscape. It shows what happens if the bad guys won. Old Man Quill represents this small glimmer of hope in this otherwise desolate world. Peter is facing untold terrors, joined by people that were by his side for years. It’s a nice blend of super heroics and horror.

Grades:

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Overall: Fourandahalfstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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