GOTG Guide For NOOBS! Series: Character Bio - Star-Lord

This is a supplemental article to the "GOTG Guide For Noobs". In this installment we focus on Star-Lord, his origins, and his eventual start-up of the Guardians. Read on for more details on this interestingly Human aspect to the this cosmic team.

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By E.F. "Manny" Camacho - 9/9/2013

Star-Lord, Starlord, Peter Jason Quill


Abilities: Master Strategist, instant access memory (augmented chip in brain), psychically linked to his ship, vast knowledge of many alien races, and specific knowledge of certain cosmic beings; like Oblivion.
Occupation: Adventurer, Interplanetary Policeman
Powers: Superhuman strength, durability, can function in space all Gained from Augmentations through his Kree Battlesuit
Weapons: Element Gun, Kree Augmented Heat Insulated Battlesuit, Kree Helmet, Kree SubMachine guns. "Ship", "She" is arguably his greatest weapon.

"Ship", also known as Aurora, is a sentient consciousness and able to alter her form, and focuses much of her various forms as a space craft, simply named "ship". She has a personality and is able to provide for Star-Lord with a variety of technologies. From replicators, shields, drones, weapons, etc. Ship has been destroyed before, but is able to resume into consciousness and return to resume an assumed form. She has even replicated physical bodies and assumed control of them. She was originally the consciousness of a star that was destroyed.



Star-Lord, Peter Quill, has interesting beginnings on earth. conceived from an affair, his father spurned him for having no resemblance, and died of a heart attack as he tried to kill Peter when he was a new born infant. His mother raised Peter until he was 11, when she was killed by a couple of aliens that were originally trying to eradicate any heirs to a galactic empire from a planet called Spartax. Peter got away by killing the two aliens with a shotgun, and finding a strange alien device in his home. He grew up in orphanages until escaping; growing up to eventually become a pilot for NASA. Here is where this gets a bit odd, if it hasn't already been odd as much as it has been ephemeral.

At some point on a mission to a space station he encounters an alien being that was going to bestow upon him the Star-Lord title and "mantle" expressing to him that this is an honored position of a law keeper in the galaxy. The being, known as the Master of the Sun, actually asked for a volunteer and didn't directly offer this position.

However, due to random behaviors Peter had toward his comrades on the station he was passed up, and consequently sent back home. Until he steals a scout craft and returns to the station (essentially) to steal back the title of Star-Lord...

I know it's odd, but this is pretty much how he got his start. He gains his ship at this point as well, and he goes on functioning as Star-Lord.

The character made his first appearance in the comics in 1980 in Marvel Spotlight Volume 2 #6, entitled (on) Star-Lord, but his first appearance ever is actually in the Marvel Preview #4 Magazine. His original intentions were abandoned for the human-alien hybrid origin he gained.




Star-Lord's alien bloodline was revealed in Inhumans Volume 3 #1 stating Jason of Spartax (J'son) was his father, who was the son of the galactic emperor. Jason, himself, was previously a Star-Lord.

At some point after gaining "Ship" and becoming Star-Lord he encounters the Fallen One, who was an annoyingly cruel and deviant herald of Galactus that becomes much more important in this story later on. But the ensuing battle almost killed Peter, destroyed (seemingly) his Ship, and caused them to both be imprisoned by the Kree.

This aspect of Star-Lord's nearly killed and wounded character immediately continues in this fashion in this prison, "The Kyln" and we meet up with him once again in the very first set of comics I listed in the GOTG Guide for NOOBS!, in the first set of Thanos' Comic series, The Samaritan, beginning the Annihilation series.

Here though, Star-Lord has a variety of cybernetic implants that he's gained as a medical remedy to the many wounds he suffered that nearly killed him. For the duration of having these enhancements his vision was greatly improved. Eventually after escaping the Kyln, with help from Nova, following the events Thanos sets in motion, Star-Lord gains his armor, and currently recognized signature helmet and weapons from the Kree; who eventually remove his cybernetic enhancements.




During the events of the Annihilation, Star-Lord aided in the war effort against Annihilus, who led the Annihilation Wave, during which Peter advised the Kree General Ronan the Accuser. All leading into the events of Annihilation: Conquest until they were able to defeat the Ultron led Phalanx.

There are quite a few jumps...Yes, but ultimately as a result of these issues with the Annihilation Wave and then the Phalanx, Peter moved forward to create the Guardians of the Galaxy. However he did so by psychically gaining help; asking Mantis to use her abilities to suggest to the members Peter was after to remain and continue their work in the group.

The base of their operations became the Knowhere, which is a massive celestial head in space...A cosmic Mos Eisley if you will, at the edge of the galaxy.




Star-Lord's beginnings are pretty much encompassed with a variety of quirky comic jumps from a set of concepts that were abandoned and mired in legal issues; eventually rising to the human-alien hybrid character he is today. Thankfully arriving in modern times as the leader of an amazing group of beings, later to be dubbed the Guardians of the Galaxy. The bulk of his story is told within the pages of the comics contained inside the GOTG Guide, and through his own comic, Annihilation Conquest: Star-Lord #1-4 (also listed in the GOTG guide) that helps introduce him into the 2nd volume of GOTG comics; although later cancelled at issue #25, as the Thanos Imperative begins to take shape. You can still follow his exploits with the GOTG in Volume 3 that started it's run this year.

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JoachimVR - 9/9/2013, 1:16 AM
I'm curious as to how much mention there will be to the Kree Empire in the movie.
Ceejay - 9/9/2013, 2:04 AM
I remember buying the first issue of his one shot back in the 70's when I was a kid. It was a UK reprint in black and white and his ship turned into a woman during the story. Sure has come a long way since then, I'm now intrigued to find out more about his journey to this two-gun shooting version.
CharlesBryant97 - 9/9/2013, 2:15 AM
I am not Groot...I think.
CharlesBryant97 - 9/9/2013, 2:21 AM
Peter Quill knows the drill!
TheDpool - 9/9/2013, 2:21 AM
There are actually noobs to GOTG???
Darantino - 9/9/2013, 2:37 AM
Great Article, the Groot one was great too!
MsDarkPhoenix - 9/9/2013, 2:52 AM
Great article, can't wait for the movie! I hope that GotG will team up with everyone else at Avengers 3 to fight Thanos.
SCURVYDOG619 - 9/9/2013, 3:23 AM
The early issues of Star-Lord's appearances were in Marvel Treasury Editions and were chronicled by Chris Claremont ,John Byrne,and I believe Terry Austin.

I also think this was before the classic run on Uncanny X-Men, coming on the heels of the short run on Marvel Team-Up-which infamously had Red Sonja take over Mary Jane Watson's body and team with Spider-Man against Kulan Gath.

Yeah...lol
MightyZeus - 9/9/2013, 5:38 AM
Thanks for the editorial. Hopefully it'll school those that dont know about the characters.

Now do Rocket Raccoon or i will.
Kyos - 9/9/2013, 5:48 AM
Thanks for the article, Manny! :D

Looking forward to learning more about the other GOTG members.
efcamachopmp - 9/9/2013, 5:59 AM
Rocky was the first one I wrote bud :) - he's linked to the GOTG guide.

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/Havencomics/news/?a=86148
GodzillaKart - 9/9/2013, 6:05 AM
Well, that's one origin that will have to be streamlined for the movies.
efcamachopmp - 9/9/2013, 6:38 AM
I'm actually more concerned how they will interpret Knowhere @godzillafart. If they are including it at all.

Greengo - 9/9/2013, 7:33 AM
Cool.
Ronnie11 - 9/9/2013, 8:15 AM
Nice articles..keep it coming...
sikwon - 9/9/2013, 9:18 AM
The Kree have to be heavily involved in this movie and in the cosmic marvel plot in general. There are just to many members of the guardians with kree ties. Its going to be pretty damned awesome.
CharacterAssassin - 9/9/2013, 9:55 AM
If only they did an origins movie for Star-Lord...
Cartoon22 - 9/9/2013, 10:23 AM
ahhhhhhhh yyyyeeeeaaaahhhh!!!!
Keldor - 9/9/2013, 7:46 PM
Excellent article.

Ive followed Cosmic Marvel for a long time and it is my first love and my favorite of mainstream comics.

I originally read Silver Surfer comics in the late 80's. That introduced me to Thanos and then Adam Warlock and eventually led to the Infinity Gauntlet. SS, Warlock and Thanos are still my favorite mainstream comic superhero characters.

I got my hands on all of the back issues of Adam Warlock various series from the 70's as well as any Crossovers featuring Thanos. I eventually read every single comic that Thanos and Adam Warlock ever appeared in. This is how and where I met Drax, in an old Iron Man comic I believe (Same comic I met Thanos too I believe), and Gamora and Pip the Troll.

I was blown the hell away by the most recent incarnation of Cosmic Marvel starting with the Annihilation deal. Cosmic Ultron was as cool as Cosmic Anihillius. War of Kings, all that stuff was great. Even the Cancerverse was mildy great.

What was really special was the introduction to the original version of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Starlord, Garmora, Drax, Groot and Rocket make up the main team, but there is also Mantis, Bug, Cosmo, Moondragon and Adam Warlock. Plus there are supporting roles of Silver Surfer, Thanos, Pip, Nova, Moondragon's gay lover Quasar Phyla-Vel, Magus, and appearances by The Unhumans, The Kree, The Skrull, The High Evolutionary, The Shi'ar, Blastaar's and Anihhilius' Negative Zone army. This is all just off the top of my head too.

And let me not forget to mention Cosmic Hulk which is awesome: Planet Hulk and World War Hulk.
Keldor - 9/9/2013, 7:50 PM
I know DC has a pretty great Cosmic universe with Green Lantern and all. I really do Love Cosmic DC, But the sheer scope of the story of Cosmic marvel is so cohesive and massive that it just blows me away in comparison.
efcamachopmp - 9/9/2013, 8:16 PM
I'm almost done with another piece to add to this series, curious to see if you're familiar with some of that material :)

...by the by, I love Infinity Gauntlet, and Silver Surfer - I'm missing 17 issues to complete my collection...but of course would cost me a small fortune to get those last early issues, but then again www.ha.com is my stomping ground.
Keldor - 9/11/2013, 12:46 PM
I remember SS #50 had the silver foil cover, lol. i think that was the beginning of the end of comics in the early 90's with all o fthe gimmicks like foil covers, hologram covers, sealed bagged issues, LE trading cards sealed in the sealed bag.

But , God, I loved Jim Starlin. Still do.

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