Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Bendis Talks Guardians of the Galaxy in Marvel Now
"This will be the most surprising chapter of Marvel NOW! This is a brand new #1 that starts these characters off in a place for new readers but doesn't rob them of what made them great in the first place. It's also a great place for you to hop on and see why we're excited for these characters to be in a movie and why it's as good a franchise as Marvel has. This ties into a lot of things already happening in the Marvel Universe. The things that have happened on Earth in the past few events have had a butterfly effect through the galaxy. The abuse of time travel, the use of the Infinity Gems...these things have costs. The Guardians are the first line of defense for Earth. If you're looking at Earth in the Marvel Universe from a distant, it looks like an insane asylum! It's a place where the Phoenix Force doesn't destroy the world, where Galactus doesn't feed. It's the scariest place anywhere to the rest of the galaxy! Wait until Earth joins the cosmic community... A lot of big time cosmic players are on stage right from the beginning.
Every Marvel comic is science fiction on some level. As I was working this, I pulled out every sci-fi book that meant something to me on some level. I have so many that I truly love. I want to see what I was looking at and what drove me crazy; it was always the character and the artwork. That's the philosophy I applied toward this book. Steve McNiven wanted to come in and design everything. Not just the costumes, but the ship, the worlds. I'm a big fan of alien worlds actually looking like people live in them, not like sets. These worlds look lived in, they look like everything works.
Hell yes there could be a threat ascending to cosmic level. There will be seemingly minor characters who become big. I'm trying to do something with the Badoon and getting into stuff about Asgard spinning out of Jason Aaron's Thor. A crossover with the X-Men is absolutely going to happen. The All-New X-Men have a lot to answer for. You know who's not excited for Jean Grey to be back? Everybody who saw her as Dark Phoenix. These characters were, to me, the most emotionally connected and the ones Peter could count on the most. You can agree with me or not. I cannot express enough to you how grateful I am for the work DnA, Keith Giffen and various artists did bringing these characters from nothing. I was on Avengers thinking everything they did was so cool. I would never dream of touching any of it until they were well done with their epic. The Guardians' involvement in events will depend on who is writing those events. I always looked for a place to organically fit the Avengers in, which was easy. I know from what's coming in the next couple of years, and the Guardians will fit in. I thought what DnA did during Secret Invasion made that event more epic, so hopefully we can do that. Again, the fallout from Age of Ultron to Guardians is insane." - Brian Michael Bendis
More details: On the cover of Guardians of the Galaxy #1 are Star-Lord, Iron Man, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora and Drax. The team we are seeing now is not the whole team. The Guardians WILL team up with the All-New X-Men. Thanos is alive! You should check out the first arc of Avengers Assemble.
Covers above are:
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 cover art by Steve McNiven
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 variant cover art by Milo Manara
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Deadpool variant cover art
Guardians of the Galaxy #2 cover art by Steve McNiven
Guardians of the Galaxy #3 black and white cover art by Steve McNiven
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