Realm of Kings (one shot) partial Preview and my thoughts.

See the full preview here.  courtesy of cosmicbooknews.com
 
  So, I picked up the first issue of Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard last Wednesday and was sorely disappointed to find that the Realm of Kings one shot was pushed back yet another week. (so far, it's gone from 11/4 to 11/11.. to now 11/18) RoK: IG was basically the consolation prize... well that and the pretty indigo, orange, and yellow power rings.  (Preciousssss)
    
I've been waiting for the RoK one shot for months now. Wendell Vaughn came back from the dead in Nova #17 in energy form with basically no explanation and while I was happy he was doing SOMETHING, he wasn't really getting his chance to shine. Only when we saw Richard Rider with the Quantum Bands did any new readers have any sort of reminder what Quasar was nominally capable of. 

 

On the plus side, he has a chance to shine here... I hope. 

The plot behind RoK is that Quasar has been asked to investigate the Fault (a large rip in the fabric of space/time opened as a result of the War of Kings) on behalf on Project: Pegasus. Quasar’s power, experience, and his energy form make him an ideal choice to scout into the Fault ahead of the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Nova Corps. 
 
In the previews we see Quasar has some self-doubt apparently because he's died and come back in energy form and he's not sure if he's ready to take up his old job of Protector of the Universe. I really think there is a story to be told concerning Quasar's energy form, how he got it and why. I guess DnA feel differently based on the full preview... but maybe it'll be dealt with in another story.
 
So, I'm really looking forward to this. I mean, I've been waiting long enough for it. 
 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

9 Comments
9 Comments
Posted by jloneblackheart

I'll be picking this up, even though I missed all of the War of Kings. Everything I've read with Quasar was good stuff, but I don't know too much about him. 
 
On another note, why does the bottom say see GoG #29? Typo?

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Posted by Satyrquaze
@jloneblackheart: 
 
I'm a fan, obviously. 
 
Yeah, I didn't even notice that, but you're right, it should read GoG #19... well, they only missed it by 10 issues. :P
Posted by jloneblackheart

Alright, I finally read it and it was awesome. That appeared to be the evil Quasar, correct? What I want to know is where does this continue? I wasn't planning on reading the Inhumans and the Imperial Guard Realm of Kings. I didn't read the War of Kings either, just the Guardians stuff. Did I just get sucked into a big crossover story arc? I really want to continue this.

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Posted by Nova`Prime`

I think you did blackheart becauset he RoK issue was a one shot.. all the rest will be in RoK Imperial Guard/Inhumans, Nova, and GotG.

Posted by jloneblackheart
@Nova`Prime`: I guess you are the one to ask: Will I be lost if I start reading Nova now? I'm not incredibly familiar with Nova in the first place.
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Posted by Nova`Prime`
@jloneblackheart: Probably not, they just finished a two issue arc to bring Nova and the Corp into the RoKs. There is only one thing that happened in the last few monthes that might surprise you in RoK, but it was only teased at in one panel. If you like GotG I think you'll like Nova, Abnett and Lanning are doing a excellent job on that one too.
Posted by Satyrquaze
@jloneblackheart: 
 Quasar apparently reappears in RoK: Imperial Guard #3...  I'm guessing if he's evil, he's going to be doing some damage there.
Posted by Calix

I really liked ROK#1 I too hated the wait but RoK Imperial Guard was good and it didn't necesarilly fall out of with the one shot. 
 
The only thing about it was that for a one-shot I found it to limited, in the sense of it didn't touch on neither the Inhumans or Imperial Guard, But I'm guessing it was intended to introduce the "big bad" of the Realm of Kings arc.
 
I thought Vaughn was great in it and found him using his "bigger" Hammer to own Evil-Thor who just before had been established as one of the more powerful of the Evil-vengers group. not only funny but it gave me a sense of placement on the power scale in terms of Vaughn and his capabilities.
I also liked that in the end they left it open to interpretation if it was actually Quasar 616 that appeared at Project Pegasus or if it was the alternate one that was now on earth.
 
In short A&L did not disappoint with this and manage to put enough in it to make you want to follow the arc.

Posted by Dreadmaster

I am going to read this.....Didn't pick up WOK but by god i'm not waiting for HC or TPB's! xP