The Guardians of the Galaxy are starting up a new era this April. The team was destroyed about a year ago, but a new reason unites the team and sets them on course to “never-before-seen planets, encounter brand-new alien species, and discover long-hidden galaxy-bending truths that will make readers question everything they thought they knew about the cosmic side of Marvel.”
With the press release stating readers will be questioning “everything,” the bar is being set kind of high in terms of expectations.
To start things off, Marvel has announced the new creative team of writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly along with artist Kev Walker. Lanzing and Kelly have been cranking things up and exploring new areas of Steve Rogers’ past in the pages of Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, and Walker has shown his ability to deliver great sci-fi action in the recent Predator series.
The reason for the Guardians to venture out into unknown space is due to a phenomenon known as Grootfall. It’s an “overwhelmingly powerful threat that will force the Guardians on a new mission that will test their limits as a found family.” They’ll also encounter strange new worlds that are in dire need of the Guardians’ help.
Here’s what Lanzing had to say”
Welcome to a whole new era for the Guardians of the Galaxy, riding like mad through an endless alien dust storm of sun-soaked tragedy, intense violence, and deeply dysfunctional heroes. The optimistic peacekeepers that defeated the reborn Olympian Gods and overcame ‘The Last Annihilation’ have fallen about as far as they possibly could – and now Peter Quill and what remains of his found family will have to fight like hell in a new western-fueled frontier to find a scrap of forgiveness. After all, the Guardians are a fire – and a fire only ends one way.
Sharing the reins with us is the amazing Kev Walker, our partner from Captain America & the Winter Soldier Special #1. His unique blend of realism and wild imagination brings the alien frontier of the Manifold Territories to windswept life like no one else could. Together, we’re guiding the Guardians on a new trail – one that will make them look inwards, even as they face the threats over the next horizon. Grab your element gun, True Believers – it’s time to go for a brand new ride.
Kev Walker had some words as well:
I honestly can’t believe I’m finally getting a chance to work on Guardians. I’ve been wanting to draw these characters for a long time, (I have some of the first Guardians of the Galaxy comics in my collection). I came close when I did Annihilation: Nova years ago, but never envisaged I’d be doing this kind of all-encompassing relaunch. Pushing existing characters in a new direction is always a daunting challenge, but working with Jackson, Colin and Matt has been a lot of fun and I think we’re producing something a very different to what’s has gone before.
Check out the first cover by Marco Checchetto:
The action begins this April.