Marvel fans: an original Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series or writer Dan Abnett returning to the Marvel cosmic-verse – which of these things warms your heart more?
Well the good news is you don’t have to choose because Dan Abnett is in fact writing a new Guardians 3000 ongoing series beginning in October, with art by Gerardo Sandoval.
Starring the original line-up of Major Vance Astro, Starhawk, Martinex, Captain Charlie-27, and Yondu, and set in the far-flung future of the Marvel Universe, the publisher promises fans of Marvel continuity will still see lots of familiar MU concepts in this new series.
“Guardians 3000 is a truly a case of you asked for it, we delivered!” offered Marvel Executive Editor Mike Marts. “Readers have been begging for the return of the original Guardians team for a long time… and we’re happy to debut this series right in the midst of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie excitement!”
“Guardians 3000 is fast, character-driven and contemporary – it’s a great series for readers (both new and familiar with to the Guardians world) to dive in and follow a cast of bombastic underdogs as they attempt to save the Universe,” added editor Katie Kubert. “Seeing Dan [Abnett] tackle Marvel’s cosmic characters again is a blast, and developing this project with him and artist Gerardo [Sandoval] reminds us how much fun making comics can be!”
The series will spin-out of the Abnett-Sandoval back-up story in Guardians of the Galaxy #14, which sort of serves as a ‘pilot episode’ of the new ongoing, according to Marvel.
In the back-up, the team was reassembled under Astro’s care after noting that “Reality is wearing out around us. The timestream is eroding.” It’s a common theme running through many Marvel comics for the last couple of years, as nearly every major series has had at least a storyline dealing with time-travel, the multiverse, or some kind of collapse of space-time.
"True to the original tales, they are trying to save the future from the menace of the Badoon,” revealed Abnett. “I wanted to keep that element, and indeed try not to do anything to deny any continuity. So they are freedom fighters, first and foremost, facing an immensely hostile culture. However, they soon discover that the Badoon are just the tip of the iceberg, essentially opportunists taking cosmic advantage of a much deeper crisis.
"As Starhawk deduces, the very future itself is in danger. History and causality are unraveling and repeating themselves, and not in a friendly 'Groundhog Day’ way."
Look for an exclusive interview with Abnett with more details and insight into the new series later Wednesday, including the other member of the line-up not seen on the cover.
Correction: Newsarama originally reported the series was debuting in September, but it will debut in October, 2014.