Marvel Comics has a great variety of titles that run the gamut of superheroics in the Avengers and X-Men books, street-level crime-fighting with Daredevil and the Punisher and of course cosmic adventure including the likes of the Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock and the Guardians of the Galaxy. While books like the Avengers and Punisher have been steadily successful, interest in the cosmic books has wavered in comparison.
A number of years back, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning brought the cosmic universe of Marvel Comics back in their expansive Annihilation series which spawned an ongoing Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy series in addition to several sequels. That era eventually came to end with The Annihilators, but it’s about to start all over again and it looks a bit different this time around…
Saturday at the annual New York Comic Con, Marvel Comics announced that its top writer Brian Michael Bendis was joining with Civil War artist Steve McNiven to launch an all-new Guardians of the Galaxy series. This new comics series is in line with the announcement earlier this year that Marvel was working on a movie version of the space-based superhero team to go at odds with Thanos, the purple-skinned antagonist teased in the mid-credits scene to Marvel’s The Avengers movie. Also announced was Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb was teaming with his long-time collaborator Ed McGuinness to work on a new series featuring Nova, a helmeted teenage hero thrust into space to act as its protector and guardian.
The all new Guardians of the Galaxy features the most recent cast of the team (Starlord, Groot, Rocket Racoon, Drax, Gamora) alongside a new recruit: Iron Man. Described by Marvel as a team “to tackle the threats too big for the Avengers,” this title will have a new mission statement that previous iterations of the book. The series will launch in February with a special #0.1 issue followed by the official #1 in March.
Also launching in February is Nova, a flagship character in the cosmic corner of the Marvel Universe and someone who played an integral role in the recently concluded Avengers Vs. X-Men event series. Loeb, who will write this in addition to guiding Marvel’s television ambitions, joins with an artist who worked with him on numerous series from Superman/Batman to Hulk and last Spring’s Avengers: X-Sanction, Ed McGuinness. In this new series, Loeb and McGuinness will showcase a new teenager under the Nova helmet, Sam Alexander.