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Cover Date: September 2008
Cover Price: US $ 2.99
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Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages
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Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #3 2nd Print Variant Cover
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In an attempt to save fifty-two hundred beings, the Guardians confront the Cardinals, powerful beings fueled by prayer power, on the Dyson Sphere, an artificial habitat with a caged sun at its heart. The Cardinals use their belief power to bend reality to their will, and prove to be formidable enemies until their conflict is interrupted by what appears to be an earthquake.
At Knowhere, the Guardians HQ, Mantis questions Major Victory about his association with the Guardians of the Galaxy, which he cannot remember. Their conversation is interrupted by a sudden attack from Starhawk, who appears out of nowhere. Mantis is puzzled that she had no foresight of his arrival, and is attacked and knocked unconscious. Major Victory realizes that it is in fact Starhawk, but doesn't know how he knows this, and engages him in combat.
Back at the Dyson Sphere, the Guardians and Cardinals alike come under attack by a massive biomass, the result of an opened fissure of the DNA of the fifty-two hundred beings that the Guardians intended to rescue. The sub-atomic fissure combined all the life forms into one giant mass which intends to devour the sphere. While attempting to aid the wounded Star-Lord, Adam Warlock is stabbed in the back by one of the Cardinals. Immediately afterward the Cardinals teleport away, leaving Adam unconscious and bleeding to death.
Meanwhile at Knowhere, Major Victory and Starhawk continue their conflict causing massive wreckage to the base until they smash into the continuum cortex, destroying the teleportation batteries. Major Victory asks how he knows Starhawk's name. Starhawk remains silent and disappears as Cosmo orders the cortex to be repaired immediately.
At the Dyson Sphere, Star-Lord comes up with a desperate plan to lift the dome to let the sun's radiation purge away the biomass, and use their teleporters to teleport away at the last moment, completely oblivious to the wreckage caused at their HQ. They lift the dome, which does in fact incinerate the biomass, but when they try to teleport to safety, it doesnt work. Quasar uses her quantum powers to shield the Guardians as Gamora races to the dome's controls enduring severe burns in the process, successfully closing the dome back down and saving the Guardians.
At the homeworld of the Universal Church of Truth, Cardinal Raker reports to the Matriarch that the blood sample retrieved does in fact belong to Adam Warlock. The Matriarch asks if that is in fact Warlock, then who does she have here, referring to a giant cocoon in the room.
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