Kaptara is a broad satire in the Flash Gordon, human stranded on an alien world tries to become a hero, vein. Kaptara focuses it satire on old cartoons, with He-Man as its primary target. There are some funny bits, but the campiness of He-Man has been parodied many times, so nothing wildly original here. The main character is a decidedly unheroic gay scientist who drifts dangerously close to stereotype. Worth a quick read for the funny parts.
I especially loved Star-Lord's interaction with Rocket, and his questioning of why no one ever took the guns away from the murderous space raccoon. In fact, I've love to see Chip Zdarsky write a Rocket series. (I'm also looking forward to Zdarsky's Spider-Man in the FCBD issue; I'm going to download the Secret Empire issue just for that, to be honest.)
Zdarsky takes everything from his short run, ties it up nicely, and makes it, somehow, funny despite the dark circumstances. He also starts to set up Duggan's All-New Guardians of the Galaxy, a series I'm already loving.
The art is crisp, the colors perfect, and it all adds up to the perfect end to a run that is perfection with one exception: it was far too short. I also am really into the whole 'in space' thing: like with the Royals, and Black Bolt, it's unlikely that the Guardians will have to deal with Secret Empire, at least immediately.
Be glad that you're being encouraged to leave Earth, Quill. Trust me, it's for the best. You want no part of Earth right now At least not Marvel-Earth :/
Everything is going wrong: the bar, and the villains there, have been betrayed, Peter's old dude is an ex-robber who Daredevil's watching over just in case, and old dude's son has been kidnapped so that Black Cat can blackmail Star-Lord.
Oh, yeah, Star-Lord is going to need help. While old dude is completely on board with saving his son, that's the not kind of help I'm talking about. Like superhero help, although most of them aren't even talking to Star-Lord.
So he calls up everyone who's still talking to him, and willing to help him - two - and has to take down the person who runs crime in the city. That's right. It's Star-Lord against a city - and I'm loving every minute of this series.
This series, guys. I'm serious. Because this is some of the most fun I've had with comics in a while, and I got these on sale before I decided to veer towards not-Marvel. And stuff like this? Is why I'll never completely give up on Marvel. I've been reading this series, giggling like crazy in public, and just getting into the goofy fun here.
Not at all politicized, at least not in a straightforward way. That is there is no commentary on current politics, and nothing said about gender politics. And yet, by promoting this as sexy-times, all focused on Star-Lord's hot body, and by treating him as women have been treated - oogled, undressed, and even posed to titilate,this does say more than simply lecturing on the subject. I've also found that men who defend women being objectified tend to speak up when it happens to men, because it makes them feel uncomfortable. Suddenly they aren't okay with it, and sometimes, just sometimes, this is enough to make them understand why women are uncomfortable with the way women are treated in comics. So it might be doing more by ignoring the subject in the literal text, and simply silently objectifying Star-Lord.
As my sister said, it's probably best that we just stop objectifying people. And yet I doubt comics will stop because it sells. As long as they're objectifying people, and determined to continue doing so, it's nice to see that it's not just women. Add to that, it's not just objectifying him. As I said, he's pretty oblivious to it all, and it's panels that don't take away from the story that's being told, about Star-Lord, the old dude he's babysitting, or the villain bar he works at. (Yeah, it's a bar for supervillains. Go figure, right?)
Still charming, still fun, and turns out it's a little through provoking, especially when you binge them a whole bunch. Love, love, love.