Marvel has revealed the creative team behind the Guardians of the Galaxy relaunch. The writing duo Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing (Captain America: Sentinel of Freedom) and artist Kev Walker (Predator) take the Guardians of the Galaxy on bold new adventures that will travel to new corners of the cosmos. Fans can expect never-before-seen planets, brand new alien species and new truths that will make readers question everything they know about the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe. Driving the relaunch is Grootfall, which Marvel teased this week.
“Welcome to a whole new era for the Guardians of the Galaxy, driving madly through an endless alien dust storm of sun-drenched tragedy, intense violence and profoundly dysfunctional heroes,” said Lanzing. “The optimistic peacekeepers who defeated the reborn Olympian gods and conquered ‘The Last Annihilation’ have fallen as far as they could – and now Peter Quill and the remnants of his found family will have to fight like hell in a new western-powered frontier to find an ounce of forgiveness. The Guardians are a fire, after all—and a fire only ends one way.”
Sharing the reins with us is the wonderful Kev Walker, our partner of Captain America and the Winter Soldier special #1. His unique blend of realism and wild imagination brings the otherworldly frontier of the Manifold Territories to a windswept life like no one else could,” Kelly added. will make them watch, even as they face the threats of the next horizon. Grab your elemental gun, True Believers – it’s time to go for a whole new ride.
“I really can’t believe I’m finally getting the chance to work on Guardians,” said Walker. “I’ve wanted to draw these characters for a long time (I have some of the first protectors of the universe comics in my collection). I got close when I did that Destruction: Nova years ago, but never thought I’d do such an all-encompassing relaunch. It’s always a huge challenge to push existing characters in a new direction, but working with Jackson, Collin and Matt has been a lot of fun and I think we’re producing something very different than before.”
Guardians of the Galaxy introduces new costumes
The Guardians of the Galaxy are getting a makeover for their new series. Leading up to Friday’s big announcement, Marvel revealed new costumes for five members of the Guardians of the Galaxy. As “Grootfall Approaches…” we reviewed redesigned Guardians of the Galaxy costumes for Nebula, Gamora, Star-Lord, Mantis, and Drax. Star-Lord has a western look in his costume, complete with a cowboy hat, parka, boots and a gun holster. The rest of the Guardians look pretty much the same, though Mantis and Drax stand out the most. Mantis seems to have a mechanical right arm that’s a little too big, and Drax is dressed like he’s straight out of the Stone Age. Marvel also asks the question, “Who are the Guardians of the Galaxy?” Another teaser shows an enlarged head of Groot spewing fire from its mouth onto a planet.
We now know that new artist Kev Walker designed the Guardians’ new costumes, which you can find below. protectors of the universe #1 goes on sale April 12.
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1
- Written by COLLIN KELLY & JACKSON LANZING
- Art by KEV WALKER
- Colors by MATT HOLLINGSWORTH
- Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO
- Grootfall Teaser Variant Cover by KEV WALKER
- For sale 4/12
- A year ago, the Guardians of the Galaxy were destroyed. Their optimistic future was shattered by the betrayal of one of them. Now they ride the space lanes of a lawless corner of the galaxy, trying to avoid their tragedy. Can they rediscover their heroism and humanity at the darkest frontier? Can they forgive the failures of their past? Or will they fade into the dark, forever unforgiven?
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