Star-Lord gives a gruesome new twist to classic Marvel romance

Old Man Quill has just encountered the ghosts of his past, and one of them has just cut him to the heart, screaming his most devastating grief.

WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Wastelanders: Star-Lord # 1, available now from Marvel.

The Marvel Universe has been home to some of the most iconic and endearing comic book romances of all time. Sadly, he’s also seen his fair share of heartbreaking, mismatched love. Peter Quill from the old man logan knows this kind of love all too well.

This kind of latent but not forgotten grief makes Quill particularly vulnerable. So when Star-Lord returns to Earth, one of the villains who rule the wasteland is all too ready to turn Quill’s love for Kitty Pryde into a knife that cuts particularly deep.

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As Peter Quill lost his home on the planet Spartax due to Galactus’ insatiable hunger, the villains on Earth had banded together to eradicate his heroes. Back on Earth, Quill discovers that most of those he loved have fallen in battle. Only the memories remain. This changes when he enters Professor Xavier’s academy in Wastelanders: Star-Lord # 1 (by Rich Douek, Brent Peeples, Cris Peter and Cory Petit of VC). There among the ruins, Star-Lord finds very active and accusing ghosts of those he was unable to save, including Kitty herself.

When Peter Quill and Kitty Pryde first met in 2014 All New X-Men # 123 of Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen, their attraction was immediate. Despite meeting under dire circumstances, the two still managed to find love. After a relatively brief long-distance romance, they got engaged, with Kitty even leaving Earth to join Quill among the stars. Unfortunately, this is where things started to fall apart. Peter becoming King of Spartax dug the first wedge between them. However, lying to her allies about the First Superhero Civil War was the last straw, causing Kitty to walk away altogether.

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When Peter comes face to face with what appears to be Kitty in Xavier’s school, the shadow leads him to more ghosts of friends and allies waiting to torment him. All of the fallen Star-Lords face insults and blame for their deaths. Yet it was his former fiancée’s words that hurt the most.

Fortunately, Shadow King overplayed his hand. Peter sees the Shadow King’s illusions for what they are. As the hero states, Kitty never saw him as perfect. She loved him, knowing his flaws. Therefore, the real Kate Pryde would never tell him that he hadn’t sacrificed enough.

Kitty Pryde and Peter Quill may not be the most iconic couple in the Marvel Universe. Nonetheless, as long as it lasted, it was absolutely one of the most heartwarming romances. Even though things didn’t end particularly well between them, they maintained an intact base of respect and admiration. At the very least, this chapter in Old Man Quill’s story proves that love can still conquer everything, even in the wasteland that was his home.

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