Later on in the run, when encountering the classic Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord decides to make up another temporary name for his team to avoid problems or confusion with the other Guardians. The name he picks: Ass-Kickers of the Fantastic.
Star-Lord: All the good names were taken.
Also from the first issue:
Drax: You see that? That's what "not good" looks like.
Maximus: My lord, you were saying? Groot: I AM GROOT! Maximus: Now that is brilliant, and all we'd need is a socket set and a very long piece of string.
Earlier from the same issue:
Karnak: Whatever it is, it's started to hatch. Major Victory: In the sense of—? Ronan: Look at the feeds, human. It's spawning organisms from pustules on its tentacles. Rocket Raccoon: That sentence combined so many of my least favorite words.
In Vol.2 #19, as half the team is stuck in an alternate timeline, another temporal distortion appears, leading to this:
Jack Flag: It's a time-door! Bug: Yeah? Full of Time-Energy? and Time-Swirlies? Jack, just because you put the word "time" in it doesn't - tik - make it any clearer!
As the team is fighting to stop Badoon weapons-testing on a defenseless settlement. The Badoon release their super bioweapon, the monster, and this conversation occurs.
Mantis: In five point two seconds, a positive swing in our fortunes will be signaled by three words. Rocket Raccoon: What three words? "We are leaving"? Bug: "Here comes Peter?" Mantis: No. Groot: I AM GROOT! [Groot destroys the monster with a single punch]
Major Victory's reaction to seeing Groot punch a Monster's head off in one go.
Major Victory: You know, for a tree, he has a good right hook.
In the Rocket Raccoon and Groot mini-series coinciding with the Annihilators: Earthfall event, as Rocket and Groot are flung through a rapidly changing virtual reality environment in the Mojoverse, Mojo soon finds Rocket Raccoon's sentient Timely Inc. shipment processing and analysis device pointing a laser rifle at his face.
Timely Inc. SP&A Device: Turn the V.R. environment off now or I will blow your head clean off. Uhm... PUNK!
From V3. As Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon are rescuing Abigail Brand, Rocket Raccoon dives into an army of Thanos' soldiers shouting "Blammo! Murdered you!" a catchphrase that Brian Bendis tried to associate with the character in earlier books with negative reaction from the fans. At that moment, both Star-Lord and Brand tell Rocket that they both find his new catchphrase annoying and disturbing.
This◊ is mostly a heartwarming look into Groot's insight and personal views on the human race. Except for Latverians. He doesn't really like them.
In the first trailer, Star-Lord Flipping the Bird only to have it covered up by the scanners with an "obscene gesture alert".
Even funnier is that before he flips the bird, the scanners have already covered up his hand with the text "OBSCENE GESTURE IMMINENT" appearing.
That's because he flipped said bird by "raising the flagpole," so the computer could see what was coming.
The trailer suddenly dropping Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling" as its music. Fitting, as it's depicted being on Star-Lord's Walkman. Made even better because when it drops it serves as the background music to a montage ofaction scenes.
An alien prison guard is curious as to what the walkman is and places the headphones on his ears, so Star-Lord just casually shimmies through a closing gate, ready to kick ass in handcuffs if need be. And then he gets tazed.
Rocket's profile during his incarceration states that he "has a tendency to bite".
Peter's profile lists one of his charges as "Illegal Manipulationof Gramosian Duchess". And it's listed separate from his other charges, as if it was such a bizarre charge that the Corps couldn't lump it in with anything else they had.
When Peter Quill is arrested, he introduces himself as "Star-Lord" as if he expects everyone to know that name. He's visibly disappointed when Korath just responds with a "who?" and a shrug.
Rhomann Dey: They call themselves the "Guardians of the Galaxy." Other soldier: What a bunch of a-holes.
It could also work as a subtle nod to the fans who thought Marvel would never take a chance on such a cosmically weird-ass comic.
The look on Gamora's face as she's dubbed a "soldier, assassin, wanted on over a dozen counts of murder." Her little smile almost seems to say: "That you know of."
You can't help but sense a bit of Reality Subtext when Rhomann, regarding the plan to have the Guardians save the day, says hesitantly: "This might not be the best idea."
A spot in another one of the trailers may explain his apprehension:
Peter: I have a plan! Rocket: You've got a plan?! Peter: I have part of a plan! Drax: What percentage of a plan do you have? Gamora: You don't get to ask questions after the nonsense you pulled on Knowhere! Drax: I just saved Quill! Peter: We've already established that you destroying the ship I'm on is not saving me! Drax: When did we establish that? Peter: Like three seconds ago! Drax: I wasn't listening. I was thinking of something else... Rocket: She's right, you don't get an opinion. [to Peter] What percentage? Peter: I dunno... Twelve percent? Rocket: Twelve percent? (laughs) Peter: That's a fake laugh! Rocket: It's real! Peter: Totally fake! Rocket: That is the most real, authentic, hysterical laugh of my entire life because that is not a plan! Gamora: It's barely a concept. Peter: You're taking their side?! Groot: I am Groot! Rocket: So what, "It's better than eleven percent!" What the hell does that have to do with anything? Peter: (to Groot) Thank you! See? Groot's the only one of you who has a clue. Groot: (starts eating something off his shoulder) Peter: (Face Palm)
At one point Star Lord notices Rocket working on something. He goes over to look at it:
Peter: What is that? Rocket: (casually) It's a bomb. Peter: And you leave it lying around?! Rocket: I was gonna put it in a box! (opens a box to reveal more bombs) Peter: What's a box gonna do?! (Peter kicks the box shut) Rocket: You just wanna suck the joy out of everything...
They're showing a preview of the first few minutes of the film at Disney World. It starts with Peter exploring the ruins of an abandoned planet, using a projector showing the people that used to live there (including a kid playing with his dog). He quietly steps into the ruins, removes his mask, and takes out another device...his Sony Walkman. Cheesy oldies music starts playing and he starts singing along and dancing around the ruins. He's splashing in puddles, kicking small lizard creatures, picking one of the lizards up and singing into it like a microphone, and basically having a grand ole time. It definitely shows how much this movie doesn't take itself seriously.