Guardians of the Galaxy was last year’s most unexpected hit on the big screen, taking a ragtag group of little known characters and making them some of Marvel’s most popular. If you enjoyed the movie but haven’t had a chance to check out the comics yet then you are in luck as this week Marvel will be relaunching this cosmic title, making it a fantastic opportunity to jump on and start reading. Following the theme of All-New, All-Different Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Valerio Schiti offer a team line-up that’s little a bit different from what we’re used to. Some you’ll know, some you might not be as familiar with but it will still be the same fun team of cosmic misfits guarding the galaxy. The Guardians of the Galaxy also have a new leader and it’s someone you’d least expect to have leadership skills.
As you’ll see in the preview below, the team is a little bit different to the one you might be used to from the movie. Drax, Rocket Racoon and Groot are present but joining them will be a few new additions to the team including Fantastic Four’s The Thing, Venom (who’s been apart of the team for a little bit) and X-Man Kitty Pryde. These new additions will add different dynamics to the team and it will be interesting to see how they bounce off each other’s personalities along with their desires to break and steal things.
Where’s Star-Lord and Gamora? Star-Lord is off ruling an alien planet asking (you can see more of that in his solo series out later in the year) while Gamora will be featured in Contest of Champions which began last week.
While Star-Lord is away there’s a new leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Rocket Raccoon. That’s right, the racoon’s in charge and doing things his way. As you can expect, that doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily the right way. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly this is what writer Brian Michael Bendis had to say about Rocket Raccoon leading the team:
It is a lot of fun because all of a sudden you’ve got a sense that he’s been waiting for this moment. Peter had to leave the group to do his thing, and Rocket just decides that means he’s in charge. That doesn’t mean anyone else agrees or wants to even fight with him about it, so he just keeps announcing how he’s in charge and everyone’s just doing whatever they want. He’s really having a bit of a Napoleon Complex. Really, we’re having a lot of fun with it, and he’s not the greatest leader.
On art duties for this cosmic series is Italian artist Valerio Schiti, who has a unique art style which really fits the tone of the comic. Implementing clean lines, Schiti’s artwork bounces between realistic and animated and is not afraid to show it off. He also draws Groot in a way that I’ve never seen done before with a look that makes him look like he’s wearing some kind of streamlined armour as well as root-like dreadlocks for hair. Overall, I think he will be a good fit for the title which is intended to be a lot of fun.
To give you a taste of what to expect here’s a three-page preview of this great jumping-on point as well all as the variant covers on offer.
Guardians Of The Galaxy is just one of the many comics as part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel publishing initiate.