Marvel Comics has arguably cornered the comic book movie market in recent years. Guardians of the Galaxy is just one great example of a comic book series that was far from mainstream, but has now become a household name, thanks to the success of the movie.
Now, in an effort to bring fans of the film circled back round to comic books, Marvel has announced an exciting new tie-in comic. Fans will be able to continue the adventure in the Guardians of Infinity.
The news was recently broken over at ComicBook.com that a brand new Guardians-themed comic, titled Guardians of Infinity, is on the way to comic shop shelves this December. The creative team for the title is set to include writing by Dan Abnett, who is well known for his other Guardians work on sagas like “Legacy”, “Realm Kings” and “War of Kings”. His comics resume dates back to the late 1980s and his street cred among those that haunt comic book shops is well established. The pencilling duties are being helmed by Carlo Barberi, whose modern style should bring a fresh look to the Guardians. Barberi has recently worked on books like Amazing X-Men and fan favorite Deadpool.
A part of the “All New, All-Different Marvel” event, Guardians of Infinity is going to include key characters from the major motion picture, like Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, but with a twist. We’re getting not one, not two, but three Guardians teams joining forces. Members of Guardians 3000 will collide with a mysterious new team, Guardians 1000. The full line-ups are currently unknown.
When it comes to the formatting of the comic, they’re kicking it old school and putting backup stories in each issue of Guardians of Infinity, beginning with a story by Jason Latour with art by Jim Cheung. Cheung, incidentally, is also responsible for the cover art for the first issue of the comic. The full comic solicitation is below:
Defending the galaxy is a good gig, but Drax isn’t thrilled with the combat hours (not enough of them) and Rocket isn’t thrilled with the compensation (not enough of it). They’re off on an adventure to supplement both, and Groot is happy to come along. But instead of the perks they want, they’re about to get more trouble than they can handle. Good thing the Guardians 3000 are on hand to help! But what about…THE GUARDIANS 1000??!!
Also in this issue, Latour and Cheung tell a one-off story of Ben Grimm and Rocket Raccoon, stuck on a planet where culture is based on Earth-style professional wrestling…but the stakes are life and death! THIS AIN’T KAYFABE, BROTHER!
Fans of the Guardians will likely want to add this to their pull list down at their local comics shop right away. If you’re not privy to comic shop jargon, a pull list is a reserve list of the comics you want that the shop owner will hold for you each month, so that you can avoid missing out on a book you want. Believe it or not, there are books that end up selling out and become hard to get, and this one just might make that coveted list.
Guardians of Infinity will hit comic book shops on December 1, 2015!