Marvel has announced the launch of Guardians of Infinity, a brand new series that will feature multiple incarnations of the Guardians of the Galaxy alongside a new iteration of the team.
Guardians of Infinity #1 is set to hit shelves later this year, written by fan-favorite author Dan Abnett. As Comicbook.com points out, the artwork for the new Guardians series has been credited to Carlo Barberi. Each issue of Guardians of Infinity will also include a backup story that draws upon other talent familiar to Marvel comics fans. The first issue features a team-up between Rocket Raccoon and The Thing, which is the work of Jason Latour and Jim Cheung.
— Rocket Raccoon (@Rocket__Raccoon) August 28, 2015
A wide cast of characters familiar to Marvel readers is set to participate in the new series. The Guardians 3000 will appear in Guardians of Infinity, alongside the familiar faces of Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot from the modern team. The first story arc to be featured in the series will see these two versions of the Guardians team up with a new iteration, the Guardians 1000, which has been created for Guardians of Infinity.
Me & Jim Cheung on a story about Ben Grimm’s life as the cosmic Dusty Rhodes in GUARDIANS OF INFINITY #1? Yeah, daddy pic.twitter.com/48T6RzGqjj
— Jason Latour (@jasonlatour) August 27, 2015
Guardians of the Galaxy proved to be a massive hit when it was released in theaters last year, and though a sequel to the film isn’t due until 2017, Marvel fans have no lack of options to keep them interested in the franchise. In addition to Guardians of Infinity, an upcoming animated series has been announced, which will debut on Disney XD. While Marvel publishes the current Guardians of the Galaxy and Legendary Star-Lord comics, it has also announced another spin-off, centered on Drax the Destroyer, to be released in Winter 2015. As CinemaBlend notes, CM Punk has been confirmed as one of the writers whose efforts will be featured in the ongoing Drax series when it debuts.
— GalleyCat (@GalleyCat) August 22, 2015
According to Marvel’s official press release regarding Guardians of Infinity, the first issue will center around the team finding themselves in “more trouble than they can handle.”
“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??!!”
Guardians of Infinity will be released in print and digital formats this December.
[Image: Jim Cheung/ Marvel Entertainment via The Hollywood Reporter]