There's much more to Thanos' apparent submission to Lord Mar-Vell than meets the eye and Nova and Star-lord will have to make a very bold move to handle the consequences of his deceit.
Thanos has always been unique in the arena of evil space lords in that, at his base, he's really just a needy "paramour" trying desperately to win a woman's approval. So I was so glad that this whole epic culminates in him losing it worse than a high schooler after a break-up. While I still have some issues about focus, the heroic catharsis this band of galactic adventurers reach made for a very satisfying, even moving, conclusion.
I'm not going to spoil the surprise but, if you hadn't guessed from the cover, something dramatic happens to Nova and Starlord that solidifies them as the main characters of this mini. While it's a powerful scene, I think it would've been a lot more effective if they'd been more clearly established as the protagonists throughout the whole series. So many characters were squeezed into this, they often canceled each-other out.
The Verdict - 4/5
I can understand why all these cosmic books have been presented in attention-grabbing segments like this, but I wonder if a few of my issues might've been remedied by this just being an arc in an ongoing Guardians of the Galaxy title. There are enough character's to make this Marvel's answer to the Legion of Superheroes. I guess that's a way of me saying I hope this continues past the epilogue, because a two-page tie-up is an awfully abrupt cut-off (although still well-written) after such a sweeping saga.