Warning: Minor SPOILERS for Guardians of the Galaxy #10
The Guardians of the Galaxy have been forced to suffer the death of Drax, and the approaching death of Rocket Raccoon in the pages of Marvel Comics. The good news is that Star-Lord finally got a reunion with his favorite 'Destroyer.' The bad news is... it isn't Drax. And he is NOT alone.
This strange twist of fate is only the latest in a long line for Peter Quill. As if Drax dying to save the universe wasn't enough of a shake-up, Peter's father returned after years away... only to reveal himself as the new villainous leader of the Universal Church of Truth. After taking the rest of the Guardians under the Church's psychic thrall, only Peter remained conscious enough to question his father about his true mission. The answer was a chamber filled with dozens of the cocoons famed for producing Adam Warlock (the previous 'savior' worshiped by the Church). But when the firs cracked open, it wasn't Adam who came out--it was Drax the Destroyer.
The last time anyone saw the Destroyer in his true, un-Draxed form, he was living a Reality-Stone-afterlife of endless combat and slaughter (while the other half of Drax, Arthur Douglas, was reunited with his wife). Unfortunately the Destroyer makes his identity clear in Marvel's preview of Guardians of the Galaxy #10, so readers can get an advanced look at the issue in the preview pages below:
Obviously Star-Lord's father is going to have a lot of explaining to do, but whether Peter actually gets to hear his answers will depend on how ready for a kill Drax turns out to be. The preview ends with the tease of a 'Destroyer Horde,' confirming the assumption that every cocoon is set to release a full-grown version of the Destroyer. So while the Universal Church of Truth may be crazed, overzealous murderers... they actually do have a good strategy for getting the job done (as anyone familiar with Drax's efficiency in combat can attest). The fate of that horde, like the odds of the true Drax ever returning, are questions left until the full issue arrives next Wednesday. But until then, be sure to read below for the full credits and plot synopsis:
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10 (2019)
- Release Date: October 16th, 2019
- Written by: Donny Cates
- Art by: Cory Smith
- Cover Art by: Patrick Zircher
- The threat of the Universal Church of Truth looms large over the cosmos! As the galaxy threatens to crumble under the onslaught of the Patriarch's growing power, Rocket's struggle to hold his failing body together has reached critical status! The only question is: can he hold on long enough to make a difference?
Guardians of the Galaxy #10 will be available at your local comic book shop or direct from Marvel Comics on October 16th, 2019.