After a couple of depressing issues involving the various members of the Guardians of the Galaxy being captured, sold into slavery, tortured, experimented on, and imprisoned, the tide begins to turn in Guardians of the Galaxy #16. Last seen freefalling to his death after jumping out a skyscraper window, Peter Quill is rescued by Carol Danvers (a character I enjoy but not necessarily in a Guardians comic) and makes an impassioned televised speech turning the public perception of his ragtag band around.
Meanwhile Venom frees himself with the Skrulls‘ attempt to bond with his symbiote, Gamora gets a reprieve with the sudden arrival of Angela, and Drax is offered the fate he’s demanded of Gladiator for the past two issues.
Where the last issue felt very much like filler, Guardians of the Galaxy #16 starts to move the story forward again. Hopefully it continues and we won’t have to wait several more issues to put the band back together. Worth a look.