The cosmic corner of the Marvel Universe is expanding, bringing surprising characters into the fold. Guardians Team-Up will see the "Guardians be more a part of the Marvel Universe and not off doing their own thing," writer Brian Michael Bendis told USAToday in the announcement.
While Bendis, writer of the main Guardians of the Galaxy series, is kicking off the new book alongside Art Adams in a two-issue Guardians/Avengers group team-up and will be the rotating head writer, other creators will be jumping in, as well. Sam Humphries will write the third issue, for example, which will tie into Black Vortex, the upcoming cosmic crossover. That underlies Bendis's point about the series.
"These are going to be stories that matter to the team and matter to the cosmic landscape in general," Bendis said. "These aren't just fun adventures."
He also looks at the series as being a gateway into the Marvel Universe for people drawn to the comics because of the success of the Guardians film.
Guardians Team-Up joins the in-continuity series Guardians of the Galaxy, Legendary Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, the upcoming Gamora, the future-forward Guardians 3000 and the just announced upcoming animated series companion Marvel Universe: Guardians of the Galaxy as ongoings directly related to GotG.
Current team member Captain Marvel of course has her own ongoing series and occasional member Angela is getting her own upcoming series Angela: Asgard's Assassin.
In the broader cosmic/spacefaring category, Marvel's ever-growing line includes Thor, Nova, Silver Surfer, Cyclops, Loki: Agent of Asgard, Inhuman, Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier, and regular projects starring Thanos, usually written and drawn by Jim Starlin (not even mentioning the often cosmic-tinged adventures of Jonathan Hickman's Avengers titles and the Fantastic Four).
And finally Guardians will be crossing over with All-New X-Men in the cosmic event The Black Vortex, bringing more mutants into the cosmic space.