Galactic Guardians 4 was cover dated October 1994 and was on sale August 1994, sharing the spinner racks with Clandestine #1, Fate #0, Invisibles #1, Harbingers Files #1, Ultraforce #1 and Web of Spider-Man #117.
What’s past is prologue was written by Michael Gallagher, pencilled by Kevin West and inks by Steve Montano and opens with the team facing the combined forces of Ubiquitor and her goons. Almost immediately, Hollywood flies into Silverback and the two begin a no-holds-barred fight in the city.
Appearing in several places at once is the Ubiquitor. Last of the Absolutes, she has decided to destroy galaxies as part of the contracting of the infinite universe. (Made no sense to me either.)
Savant questions how Mainframe and Hollywood are themselves again. Mainframe explains that only a small fragment of his consciousness was in the Vision-robot, just enough to talk to Hollywood. When that robot fell, Mainframe just created another one. When the new Vision arrived on Neptune, he found Hollywood’s neural patterns in the ground, left there by Savant. With Hollywood being composed mostly of energy, the Vision was able to re-intergrate Hollywood’s mind and the two returned to Mainframe’s world to help the rest of the team. Now faced with the planet sized network enhanced mind of Mainframe, Savant doesn’t do quite so well this time.
Hazmat tries to kill Replica, not a great idea as Replica changes into a creture capable of absorbing Hazmat’s chemicals and Martinex fires beams of hot and cold, disrupting Hazmat’s chemical composition, leaving him as a puddle.
Ganglian tries to infect the Spirit of Vengeance, realising too late that the Spirit was planning on that. With them bound together, the Spirit pulls them both into Kauri (the Sarkan equivalent of hell) and leaves him to suffer along with the damned.
As the battle between Hollywood and Silverback intensifies, Mainframe teleports the two to a local-ish black hole, where Hollywood fails to save Silverback from falling beyond the event horizon. Hollywood flies off, angry at the interference, determined for another millennium to pass before dealing with Mainframe again.
Ubiquitor is alone and her response is to whisk Phoenix away and she offers him the chance to merge with her. When he refuses, she carries on with her plan to destroy the galaxy. Phoenix IX opposes is her and is able to destroy her with the aid of the last minute appearance of Woden, god of thunder.
With Ubiquitor destroyed, Woden declines membership in the team and returns to Asgard and the Galactic Guardians rejoice in their hard won victory.
This is an up and down end to an up and down story.
The original name of Mainframe’s world was spelled differently in three different issues which was an odd thing to see.
The death of Silverback is used to great effect to highlight the differences between Mainframe and Hollywood, creating an even bigger chasm between them.
Ubiquitor’s motives are a little hard to understand, beyond her dealings with Phoenix IX, showing her to be lonely as much as anything else.
I liked the fate of the goons. Without splitting the team, or their element of Suprise, they really don’t stand much of a chance and they are dealt with fairly quickly.
It’s unusual for a Deus ex machina to be an actual mythological god, but for this story it seemed to work.
Like the team itself, the Galactic Guardians mini series didn’t need to be. It was one of the many spin off miniseries that came out in the 90’s and unless you really need every appearance, this is quite skip-able.
That said, it was nice to see Marty again.
NEXT TIME: We go back to the main series and ask, where’s Charlie-27?