...Wait, did Star-Lord poke fun at the Star Wars prequels in the latest issue of Guardians of the Galaxy?
From writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Valerio Schiti, Guardians of the Galaxy came back this week as part of the All-New All-Different Marvel initiative. Featuring a new Star-Lord in the form of X-Men stalwart Kitty Pryde and a new member in Ben Grimm, The Thing, the Guardians take on Chitauri in their first outing, with the implication that both The Brood and Annihilus -- villains who are cosmic in scope but have plenty of experience with the X-Men and Fantastic Four, respectively -- are coming.
Where's Peter Quill, the original Star-Lord? Well, he's taken the throne from his father, J'Son of Spartax (who won't be his dad in the movies). And while there, he finds himself doing a lot less adventuring. Why? As you can see above, there's plenty of discussion of interplanetary trade.
It's hard to ignore the phrasing, since the opening crawl from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace literally features the phrase "taxation of trade routes," which is the top dozen or so Google results for the phrase as well:
...and what's Star-Lord's response to the idea?
Of course, with the success of James Gunn's film, Guardians of the Galaxy has been reinvented as a book that can be pretty subversive and pop culture-savvy. It's arguably not surprising to see a little gentle fun poked at a film...
...But to have it be one of Marvel's Disney-owned corporate partners, just at a time when Marvel and Disney are reportedly having some management friction and Star Wars: The Force Awakens is about to hit theaters?
...Well, that's just unfortunate timing. And hilarious timing.
You can (and should!) pick up Guardians of the Galaxy #1 at your local comic shop or digitally here.