Recently, the number of discount bins at my local comic shop increased. After numerous visits, I finally had the time and inclination to flip through some of the contents. Much to my surprise, I walked away with 25 comics. At a dollar each, why not? Part of the reason for the huge haul was discovering a solid run of issues in a few titles, starting with issue #1. Normally, discount dollar comics are the odd issue from a title that are only good for those who are looking to fill in the blanks of their collection. But when I see #1-8 of something sort of interesting, I take it. The financial investment is less than two comics at full price and roughly half the price of the same story in a trade paperback. And if I’m lucky, the story and artwork will be at least slightly enjoyable.
This is what happened when I picked up Drax #1-8 (Marvel Comics). You know Drax. The muscle from Guardians of the Galaxy. The first movie was amusing, the comics are often fun, and the discounted price meant I had little to lose if this spin-off title was dreadful. I didn’t know anything about Drax’s story so maybe it was time to learn more. I grabbed the comics without paying attention to the covers, other than to confirm I had a numerical run from issue one to whatever I could find in the discount bin. What I ended up finding when I sat down to read them was a delightful dragon surprise.
This is the story of Drax, on his own, on a quest to kill Thanos. He winds up on some nameless backwater planet in need of a mechanic to fix the junk spaceship he borrowed from Rocket Raccoon. Sure, why not? Seems like a reasonable side story for a member of the Guardians. But then, at the end of issue three… OMG! IT’S A DRAGON!
My dragon heart grew three sizes that day. For all of the comics read and hoarded, how did I not know about Fin Fang Foom? What a gloriously handsome creature! Ok, so the protagonist, Drax, needs to fight and defeat him, but this is a recurring theme for dragons. The knights are almost always against us. You learn to live with it.
Overall, Drax was a pleasant surprise from the discount bin. The only disappointment was to discover that the last issue I had ended with the hatching of a dragon egg. More dragons! Now there is a new quest. Drax was only 11 issues. Time to hunt for #9-11 and discover the fate of a newly hatched one who sounds like a cat. Who cares about Drax looking for Thanos? Dragons are what really matter in space.