The Legendary Star-Lord #1 hit shelves today! When I read about people looking for a good jumping on point for a character or team, this must be the kind of comic they dream about. In one issue, Humphries is able to establish who our hero is, with a balance of backstory and current predicaments, unlike I have seen in many comics since picking this habit back up. The issue reads like a sitcom with well done cut aways and asides that don’t slow or bog down the pace of the story. Oftentimes, I find that many writer’s attempts at humor take you out of the story for a second because the jokes feel forced or too calculated, like they’ve been saving that joke and just plugged it in there. Humphries demonstrates that he is such a perfect fit for a character like Peter Quill because he doesn’t do that. Peter’s dialogue and sense of humor come across naturally and effortlessly which makes him read like a charming lead and not a series of punchlines with a smarmy face. Opening with a flashback and closing with a cliffhanger, the first issue of Star-Lord wraps up quite nicely making me eagerly anticipate the next issue. Humphries seems poised to take on the existing Star-Lord continuity and expand and enrich it in a way that fans of Marvel’s cosmic heroes have wanted and deserved but might not necessarily expect.
Not to be overlooked is the art team on this book. Cutting his cosmic hero teeth on Nova, Paco Medina delivers some really clean and clear art(that I think could be the best I’ve seen from him at Marvel) which is only enhanced by the tight inks of Juan Vlasco and brilliant color work by David Curiel.
My beer pick this week is part of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series(quite possibly the best “labeled” beers on the market). Its called Gruit. Yes, Gruit. Pronounced like “Groot.” How could I resist?
Gruit is great! Funky. But great. It has a lot of the qualities I typically like in a saison which makes it seasonally appropriate as well as appropriate in name for this week’s comic pick. Brewed with a mix of horehound, bog myrtle, yarrow, wormwood, and elderflowers, this beer juggles a lot of flavors and does it quite elegantly in my opinion. And yes, that does say wormwood for any of you absinthe aficionados. I typically like to enjoy my beer with the right food but there is something to be experienced by having Gruit just by its slightly bitter, velvety self. At 6.66% ABV, it comes in a 1 pint 6oz bottle so when you’ve finished The Legendary Star-Lord #1 you’ll have plenty left to enjoy with Skottie Young’s Rocket Raccoon #1, also out today.
Something to note this week is that this is the first new offering from SHumphries in a while. The writer has hinted at a few projects coming down the line on his Tumblr and if Star-Lord is any indication of the types of stories he is planning to tell you should probably plan on Sam Humphries dominating your pull list in the coming months.
Legendary Starlord #1 and New Belgium’s Gruit, two reasons Wednesday is THE BEST DAY OF THE WEEK!