Back in February, I made some crazy predictions about where Brian Michael Bendis would end up after Avengers, turns out they weren’t so crazy. I accurately predicted his move to the X-Men books and now today at the Cup O’ Joe panel at New York Comic-Con, Marvel Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada announced that come February 2013, Bendis will be writing the return of Guardians of the Galaxy!
This doesn’t come as a surprise for a couple of reasons. First, we saw Bendis bring back the Guardians of the Galaxy in the pages of Avengers Assemble earlier this year with artist Mark Bagley and second, with the announcement of James Gunn coming onboard to direct the movie of Guardians of the Galaxy, it makes sense that Marvel would want their top guy on the title that will be built up prior to the movie’s release. For art, Bendis will be joined by Steve McNiven, best known for his work on Civil War in 2006, and most recently on Captain America with Ed Brubaker.
The new Guardians of the Galaxy will feature the classic members including Gamora, Drax, Starlord and fan favorites Groot! and Rocket Raccoon. In addition to the Guardians we know and love, the image presented at the panel revealed that Iron Man will be joining the team as well, in some new space themed Iron Man armor (perfect for action figures!). The question of why is Iron Man on the team will be answered as the Guardians of the Galaxy fight to save the universe in this new ongoing series.
First up is a Guardians of the Galaxy Point One issue in February 2013 followed by issue #1 in March 2013.
In addition to Guardians of the Galaxy, Quesada also announced more additions to Marvel cosmic books and another unsurprising announcement as Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness team up again for a new ongoing series featuring the new Nova, who we first saw briefly in the pages of Avengers Vs. X-Men. This one has been a long time coming and personally, as a Nova fan I’m excited to learn more about the new man inside the helmet, as AvX didn’t quite give us much about this new Nova, Sam Alexander. Loeb and McGuiness are already proven as a solid team after their seminal run on Hulk and most recently Avengers: X-Sanction.
Nova #1 launches in February 2013 and we got a glimpse of the first covers to Nova #1 and Nova #2 and some interior pages you can check out below: