Marvel Presents #9 was cover dated February 1977 and came out November 1976, just like me. It shared the spinner racks with Action Comics # 468, Avengers #156, Flash #247, Iron Man 95, Justice League of America #139 and What If? #1.
Breaking Up is Death to Do was written by Steve Gerber and drawn by Al Milgrom and opens with Vance Astro throwing another tantrum. This tantrum relates to Marvel Presents #7 when Vance and Nikki shared an intimate moment, it doesn’t relate to the tantrum in Marvel Presents #8.
Vance in his anger accidentally strikes Nikki with his psychokinesis and when he checks to see if he has hurt her, she kisses him and he over reacts, but before they can argue further, they are summoned to the bridge as they are under attack. The ship is enclosed in a force field which is dowsing the Captain America and all on board with increasing levels of lethal radiation.
Aleta announces that this attack is the opening move of a race called the Reavers of Arcturus. Before any more questions can be asked, her form is replaced with that of Starhawk. Starhawk mentions having faced the Arcturans before and is on his way to face them again, when he collapses in pain and then he seems to split into both Aleta and Starhawk, who both collapse. This is the first time that the others had seen them together, but not as it transpires, the first time from their point of view.
Yondu brings them to sick pay and uses some sort of mystical trance to get the origin of the two of them.
A baby is found by a mutated creature on an un named world during an attack by the Reavers of Arcturus. One of the Reavers called Ogord, finds this baby and returns it to his world to raise as his son along with his daughter Aleta. The baby becomes a young man called Stakar who along with his sort of sister Aleta investigate the ruins outside the capital. They find the temple of the Hawk God and that’s where this flashback ends.
As the unconscious pair hold hands, the Arcturans board the Captain America ready for war whilst far away Ogord, Aleta’s father waits with Tara, Sita and John and plots his revenge.
Notes: Whilst rushed it’s a quality issue, ignoring the previous issue’s events it rushes back into the story of Starhawk & Aleta and some great space opera action.
NEXT: Deathbird Bird Rising.