The revelation that Carol is leading her own Guardians of the Galaxy was certainly a surprise. I'm not necessarily opposed to it, but I have two concerns. First, DeConnick did such an amazing job building up Carol's supporting cast that it seems bizarre to see her so quickly ditch it. She's leaving Tracy as she's dying and Kit as she and her mother have moved into the Statue of Liberty with her? Really? We get the tantalizing awesomeness of her dating Rhodey just to see that relationship suddenly put on hold for "maybe a year?" It just seems to leave so much on the table. Second, this gambit will only work if DeConnick manages to make it different from "Guardians of the Galaxy." She doesn't necessarily do that here. In fact, at times, with the "Star Wars" quips, she's essentially covering the same ground that Bendis has already covered. I don't want Carol reduced to some sort of time-delayed version of Peter Quill. But, obviously, it's just one issue. We'll see how it goes.
** (two of five stars)