Fans who suspected work on titles like Iron Man/Thor and the recently launched street-level ongoing Heroes for Hire meant that co-writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning were stepping away from the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe for the time being are in for a surprise — Annihilators, a four-issue miniseries starting in March.The series star the heavy-hitting cosmic team of the Silver Surfer, Gladiator, Quasar, Beta Ray Bill and Ronan the Accuser, who some readers dubbed the "Cosmic Avengers" upon their initial appearances together. It takes place directly after the causalty-heavy The Thanos Imperative, which has a one-shot coda out in early January, The Thanos Imperative: Devastation. Joining DnA on art is Tan Eng Huat, who won the "Promising Newcomer" Eisner in 2002 for his work on DC's Doom Patrol. The cover price is $4.99, but each issue of Annihilators will have more than 40 pages of story, with an additional element consisting of a Rocket Raccoon & Groot story, which was initially announced as its own standalone miniseries. The Rocket & Groot sections are also written by Abnett and Lanning, illustrated by Timothy Green II and were originally scheduled to debut in January. The first issue of Annihilators will feature a variant cover by former Rocket Raccoon artist (and Hellboy creator) Mike Mignola, which was first debuted when that miniseries was announced in July. Marvel's full press release follows: The Silver Surfer! Beta-Ray Bill! Gladiator! Quasar! Ronan the Accuser! The greatest heroes of the cosmos join forces this March in the oversized Annihilators #1 (of 4)! Marvel’s space action masters Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, along with Eisner Award winning artist Tan Eng Huat unveil the only team mighty enough to face the Dire Wraiths! With galactic civilization in disarray after The Thanos Imperative, the Annihilators must band together to prevent the sinister shape-shifting horde from destroying the universe itself. Innocent worlds teeter on the precipice of destruction…so it’s time for the best of the best to unite and unleash righteous justice!
“The Annihilators is the cosmic dream team...the biggest hitters forming the most powerful super-team in the known Universe!” said DnA. “Prepare to feel the Cosmos shake!”
Every issue of Annihilators features two full-length stories—that’s over 40 pages of all new content from your favorite Cosmic creators! In the second story, join DnA and artist Timothy Green II as they launch Rocket Raccoon and Groot on an adventure that’ll change their lives forever. In commemoration of this can’t-miss story, this issue also features a variant cover from legendary creator Mike Mignola!
Editor Bill Rosemann added “Take the assembled majesty of Marvel’s most powerful heroes, add on the cult-fave duo of Rocket Raccoon and Groot, pile on a ridiculous amount of writing and artistic talent, and top it all off with cool covers by Alex Garner and the one and only Mike Mignola. That, True Believers, is a recipe for face-melting, brain-frying, pedal-to-the-metal, that’s-why-I-read-comics awesomeness.”
This March you can’t miss Annihilators #1 (of 4)!
ANNIHILATORS #1 (of 4)
Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
Pencils by TANG ENG HUAT & TIMOTHY GREEN II
Cover by ALEX GARNER
Variant Cover by MIKE MIGNOLA
ON SALE IN MARCH!Pleased to see Abnett and Lanning sticking around the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe?