The invasion of Earth forces Abigail Brand to reach out to Peter Quill and the Guardians of the Galaxy to help retake S.W.O.R.D.‘s orbiting installation known as The Peak which has fallen into the hands of the enemy. With Gamora still sulking over Star-Lord’s chit-chat with her father, and the rest of his team lacking anything approaching stealth, Quill and Rocket Raccoon set out on an one-man/one-space-raccoon-thing rescue operation.
The pair are able to free brand and kill a lot of the alien invaders (raising the issue of Rocket’s new trademark catchphrase), the three heroes are eventually surrounded and in need of some serious reinforcements. However, they are unprepared for who shows up to come to their aid.
Guardians of the Galaxy #8 is a great example of a tie-in issue you can enjoy even if you aren’t following the main storyline elsewhere. Even though I’ve still yet to even glance at an issue of Infinity, I had no trouble following (and enjoying) all the usual craziness on display (even if I do have trouble buying Gamora running of to sulk with millions of lives in peril). Worth a look.