Leading up to Star Lord #4 Peter Quill has stolen a ship from his home planet, been stranded in space, and been rescued by the Ravagers.He became part of their crew, starting from the bottom as a janitor, and is now on a trial by fire mission to capture an Earth ship captained by the closet thing to family that he has, his mother’s best friend Lisa.
We start off this issue with an exterior of the Asterion One, the ship that the inhabitants of Earth reverse engineered from Kree technology, with a masked Peter Quill breaking in. Once he successfully overrode a computer terminal, allowing Yondu access to the ships main functions, he is stopped by Lisa, who doesn’t recognize him due to his iconic mask. Before Lisa can unmask Star Lord the Ravagers take control of the ship and the crew, because well after all they are pirates. After some clichéd evil plan revealing by Yondu Quill is put in charge of taking care of the pilots, two people who used to pick on him while he was still on Earth. One of the pilots ends up punch Peter Quill in the face, breaking his mask, and revealing his identity to the crew of the Asterion One. Some insults and punched are thrown by the crew of the Asterion One, and in the confusion, Quill manages to slip away with Lisa. Quill reveals to Lisa that he picked Yondu’s pocket and got the tracking gem of the ship that belongs to the aliens that killed his mother. Peter asks Lisa to come with him and steal Yondu’s ship and avenge his mom’s death, but she refuses, and stays with the rest of her crew. In the last panel we see Star Lord in Yondu’s ship, presumably entering the cordinates for the ship on the tracking gem.
The ending is left fairly unresolved so that in the next issue he has the choice of rescuing the Asterion One crew, rejoin with Yondu’s crew or get caught by Yondu.
I would highly recommend Star Lord #4 for everyone because it shows Peter Quill’s conflicted choices but his overarching motivation of taking revenge for his mom’s death.