Marvel Comics has revealed the lineup for the 2019 relaunch of Guardians of the Galaxy. The new team consists of several characters commonly associated with the Guardians, along with a handful of other cosmic heroes.
In January, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series wrapped up with issue #150, which featured the rebirth of Adam Warlock. The series ended so that the writers could tell an even bigger story in Infinity Countdown, an event which led into Infinity Wars. Last month, Marvel announced plans to relaunch Guardians of the Galaxy in 2019 with a new team.
After slowly revealing each character, Marvel has officially released the cover of Guardians of the Galaxy #1, which includes eleven cosmic heroes along with the tease, "Who will stand when the last Guardian falls?". The characters are Star-Lord, Groot, Nova (Richard Rider), Darkhawk, Beta Ray Bill, Adam Warlock, Silver Surfer, Cosmic Ghost Rider, Phyla-Vell, Moondragon, and Gladiator. However, only six of them will remain on the team. The first arc of the new series will see the gathered heroes deal with the fallout of Thanos' death, after the Mad Titan's last will and testament is discovered by his brother, Starfox.
Looking at the new roster, it appears that Star-Lord and Groot are the only returning members of the most recent team, leaving out MCU fan-favorites Drax, Gamora, and Rocket Raccoon. Any of these three could be the Guardian who makes the "ultimate sacrifice" at the end of Infinity Wars. Gamora's absence isn't surprising, considering that she's now a major Marvel villain known as Requiem. Gamora murdered Star-Lord, making it difficult to imagine she'll be back with the team anytime soon. Star-Lord's inclusion seems to confirm that the hero will be resurrected soon. Many of the other characters pictured on the cover, such as Adam Warlock, Silver Surfer, and Darkhawk have all played key roles in Infinity Countdown and Infinity Wars.
It's possible that not all eleven of these characters will stick around past the first issue, and the cover makes it clear that only some of them will end up forming the main roster. Either way, it appears that Marvel's flagship cosmic superhero team is changing in a big way. With Guardians 3 in doubt and the future of the current MCU team in question, it does seem reasonable that characters like Adam Warlock and Nova could transition into the new faces of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 releases in January of 2019.
Source: Marvel Comics