Guardians of the Galaxy 33 was cover dated February 1993 and was on sale December 1992, sharing the spinner racks with Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1, Captain America #412, Green Arrow: The Wonder Year #1, Hulk: Future Imperfect #1, Stanley & His Monster #1 and Venom: Lethal Protector #1.
Cut Bait & Run was written by Michael Gallagher, pencilled by Kevin West and inked by Steve Montano and opens were issue 32 ended with L’Matto, the Badoon Captain Universe about to kill Charlie-27. Vance Astro and Dr Strange arrive and fight back and even when Nikki and Talon arrive, the battle is still going the Badoon’s way.
Back in the 31st Century, the Retox gang take the last surviving Commandeers, Old Redd and Tarin, to the Saltex compound in the Bronx and run into those running the Realitee-Vee complex, Rancor and her lieutenants, bringing the Doctor Doom and Retox subplots back into the main plot after a few months.
In the 20th Century, the battle for control of the body of Starhawk is over, the two have split and a now corporeal Aleta and an infant Stakar are revealed. Stakar will be placed in the path of the Reavers to begin his life again as was forseen in issue 8. Aleta then flies to Moord to rejoin the Guardians and when she arrives battles Captain Universe and between her and Doctor Strange are able to defeat him and remove the Uni-Power, leaving everything as before, but leaving the Yaka dagger given to Charlie-27 by Yondu.
On Drydock, the stowaway is becoming familiar with all the ship’s systems, but is surprised by readings from the ship, more on those stories in later issues. Charlie-27 is badly beaten and has a multitude of sever injuries, Vance decides to return the 31st Century to find Martinex and there’s a brief rundown of who Martinex is for the benefit of Talon or new readers. Before they leave for their own timeline (including a brief explanation of how they are in the 616 universe and not the Guardian’s past) Aleta teleports aboard and there is a reunion between Vance and Aleta.
In sickbay, Charlie is getting worse and is choking. The stowaway introduces herself and tells Nikki to stand aside and let her help.
Notes: The Badoon story for now is over, but it will come back.
I like this issue, it brought the 20th Century story to an end as puts the Guardians where they need to be the 31st Century.
It’s nice to see a happy ending for Vance and Aleta, but even now you know that isn’t going to last.
Charlie-27 takes an absolute pounding from L’Matto, reminding you how strong he is. Very few beings can take that kind of a kicking and Captain Universe is a cosmic level threat.
We start with friction between the earnest, but cheesy Vance Astro and the cynical Talon as Vance tries to rally the team a la Captain America and it doesn’t go well. There’s more use of magic from Talon, with the usual result. The team seems to be coming together, but slowly a change in style from Valentino’s run.
The Infinity War is blamed for the Guardians of the Galaxy ending up in the 616 and not the past of their timeline 691. To be honest it’s a flimsy excuse to have the Guardians title part of the Infinity War cross-over, but it was nice to see the team encounter their own pasts.
The Realitee-Vee stuff will come to a head in about 6 issues or so, but first we have the story of whatever is on the starboard hull and who the bottom on the final page belongs to.
Next time: A Hitchhiker’s guide to the Guardians of the Galaxy.