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.
Despite it being free, meh. But I powered through the Secret Empire story. It still turns my stomach. I hate it.
I hate it so fucking much.
I heard that the Chip Zdarsky Spider-Man story was amazing, though, and I wanted to read that, figuring it would cheer me up after the shit show up front. And it did! It's the most amazing Spider-Man short. I love it so much that I wanted to give this more than one half star, but guess what, Marvel? Everything SE is getting one-half starred. Every. Single. Time.
If you download this, the SE story is just as fucked up and awful as I expected; it's not worth reading. Skip straight to the Zdarsky amazeballs, though, and you'll be just fine.
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.