By Sam Humphries, Paco Medina and David Curiel
As we continue to get into the Black Vortex crossover, we are treated to our first issue of the Legendary Star-Lord. While Peter has been an important character throughout the first few issues, he really doesn’t hog up his own title and leaves plenty of room for the rest of the cast.
Crossovers can be a handful for writers, especially ones not used to dealing with unfamiliar characters, but Sam Humphries does an excellent job of balancing out everyone’s panel time. Many of the characters who were unaffected by the black vortex all seemed to be written in character, which is a huge thing in a crossover. It’s also good to see Humphries make use of Storm. She has been getting shafted in the panel department for a while, not so much recently but in the past, and Humphries uses her well this issue. As far as the story is playing out, this has been the best issue so far.
The art duties are handled by Paco Medina with colors by David Curiel. The pencils on this book are pretty spectacular. Paco Medina does an awesome job getting all the characters just right. Even when transformations happen in the issue, Medina is all over it like a boss. The fight scenes are well done and Medina doesn’t have panels that confuse the reader. The colors by Curiel are a great compliment to the smooth pencils. Curiel clearly is a pro as he puts shading in just the right place on so many of the pages. A very good display of teamwork in the art department from Medina and Curiel.
As the Black Vortex moves along, it continues to get better. Sam Humphries has turned in the best of the event so far and has set the bar. The art by Medina and Curiel will also be tough to top as they really turned in a well drawn and colored book. Here’s hoping the next issue will be as good as the Legendary Star-Lord.