Updated on 16 October, 2021
Star Lord, the famous British super-being has gotten his own comic series in the UK. He is an orphan whose spaceship was wrecked on planet Vegeta. He was discovered alive by his cousin, Goku, who had been transformed into a monster by a freak combination of chemicals and radiation. They were soon joined by the other survivors of planet Vegeta, including an android named Vegeta (an obvious reference to the original Japanese word for robot). And so far, the team has proven to be quite the force to be reckoned with in the world of comic book sci-fi and the tie-ins to the original Japanese series.
Star Lord makes his comic debut in the very first issue. It is unclear at first how much of the character the teenager Lord will be adopting. It was revealed in an in-depth conversation between Goku that only a small portion of the original Vegeta was still alive - and the " Saiyans" (the species who would become the villains in the series) considered him to be an utter evil. But it soon became clear that the young Prince Zabuton (Star Lord's uncle) was indeed adopted, and that he was using his body as a template for what would become the future Star Lord.
The comic quickly went into high gear, and showed the readers a different side of the character that had not been seen before. For one thing, it was made very clear that Star Lord had some sort of connection with the original Vegeta. While they were initially on good terms, Vegeta developed some sort of dislike for Star Lord because of his ruthless ways, and cold demeanor. There were even moments when he nearly killed Goku during a battle on Planet Vegeta. It was implied that this ruthless manner was something that stemmed from the hatred and fear that Vegeta had for the "evil" Star Lord.
The Star Lord comics had a number of interesting characters that didn't receive much attention in the original Japanese version. One of those characters was actually Vegeta's son, Trunks. The two became friends very quickly, and Trunks was seen as a younger, less annoying alternative to the bratty, powerful and arrogant father. In the English version of the series, however, it was established that Trunks had been taken away from his home planet due to an accident.
This is probably the most well-known of the many changes that have been made to the Star Lord franchise. In the Japanese version, Goku fought a possessed Frieza during their first fight. In the English version, Goku and Frieza engage in a gigantic battle on planet after planet. In both versions, a mysterious individual made of green energy emerges, wearing a green suit, to finally subdue Goku and force him to submit.
It was this fight that would make both the English and Japanese versions different from the original. In the Japanese version, it is revealed that Goku was indeed forced to submit to the command of Frieza. In the English version, it is said that Goku was willing to do whatever it took to defeat Frieza, but that his will was not strong enough. This makes Frieza's motives all the more insidious, and makes him seem more like a rogue character, something that was missing from the original story. However, it should be noted that in the later episode of Dragonball Z, Piccolo outright admits that Goku was willing to do whatever it took, but was unable to do so because of his limits.
As the series progressed, more conflicts arose between Goku and Frieza. When Frieza became possessed by a devil fruit, absorbing all of its energy, he seemingly killed Goku. However, when Piccolo revived Goku, he discovered that Goku was able to defeat Frieza, at which point the two fled the planet. In the movies, after this, a conflict arises between Goku and Frieza again, where it is Goku who ultimately defeats Frieza.
The movie itself is filled with classic movie plotlines, which are expanded upon in the later series - particularly the sequel Dragonball Z. One of the biggest changes in the series is the fact that Goku no longer needs his spaceship, as he has one customized to fit his personal spaceship. Another change is that in the first movie, when Goku tries to destroy Frieza, he actually misses him, as Frieza had teleported himself away from the battle. In the later series, this is shown to be a major flaw, as Frieza teleports himself right in front of Goku and cuts off his left arm.