Hala threatens the team, but the Thing manages to knock her unconscious with one punch. (Seriously. He also yells, "It's clobberin' time." Go figure.) Drax decides that he's going to keep Hala's axe as a souvenir, but he somehow activates its power, awakening Hala. (Smooth, Drax.) She then uses the axe to unleash a blast the size of a few city blocks, knocking out everyone. (You have to wonder why she didn't do that in the first place, instead of monologuing about how the Guardians were going to pay for the destruction of Hala). Finally, she takes Peter captive and promises to destroy both his worlds, Earth and Spartax.
I didn't really feel this issue, but it's pretty understandable why I didn't. First, Bendis never really consistently treats Hala the same way in term of the threat that she poses to the team. On one hand, she's powerful enough to kick Gamora's ass, as we saw at the end of last issue; on the other hand, Ben knocks her unconscious with one punch. Plus, Bendis doesn't really have time to focus on the Guardians here; they're mostly reduced to a few lines since Hala spends seven of the 13 pages monologuing. Yes, you read that correctly. We only get thirteen actual pages of action here, thanks to six two-page splash pages. It's like Bendis had the intern write the dialogue (or, more accurately, monologue) and the artists had to vamp. Don't get me wrong; Schiti does beautiful work here; it's why I gave the issue two stars. But, the Guardians only speak to each other on four pages; it's hard not to see this issue as filler.
** (two of five stars)