Creating a mainstream movie based on a comic book series is a great way to introduce non-comic book readers to some pretty amazing worlds. With Marvel’s latest effort, however, it seems they’re trying to bring the focus back to the true stars that inspire these blockbuster hits- the comic books themselves. They’ve recently announced a new Guardians of the Galaxy tie-in comic: Guardians of Infinity.
Comicbook.com broke the news that this December, the Guardians-themed comic should be making its way onto comic shop shelves; backed by a formidable creative team. Writing will be done by Dan Abnett, whose comic book resume (which starts in the late 1980’s!) is as loaded as the level of street cred he carries among true comic fans. Carlo Barberi, whose works you may have seen in books like Amazing X-Men and Deadpool, will handle penciling.
Even though Guardians of Infinity is part of the “All New, All-Different Marvel” event, there will still be some familiar faces. Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot will all be returning- but they’ll be bringing company. Three Guardians teams will be joining forces, featuring the Guardians 3000 team meeting an as-of-now unknown new Guardians 1000 team. Full team lineups are currently unspecified.
Format-wise, each issue of Guardians of Infinity will have backup stories, and begin with a story by Jason Latour and art by Jim Cheung. Cheung is also the artist behind the cover art for the first issue. Here’s the full comic solicitation:
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!
This seems like a really fun approach for getting fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie to dip their toes into the comic book world; armed with knowledge of some of the characters already, so it’s not too overwhelming.
Guardians of Infinity is set to hit comic shops December 1, 2015!