As the Marvel marketing machine revs up for Guardians Of The Galaxy, fan site Guard The Galaxy revealed the forthcoming publication of the first prose novel - as opposed to graphic novel - featuring Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
Written by popular sci-fi author - and former Guardians Of The Galaxy comic book writer - Dan Abnett, Steal The Galaxy, a 304-page hardback, is due for publication in July.
Marvel's first original prose novel, featuring the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy! These are not the Avengers or the Fantastic Four - in fact, they're barely even famous - but Rocket Raccoon and the faithful Groot are the baddest heroes in the cosmos and they're on the run across the Marvel Universe! During a spaceport brawl, the infamous pair rescues an android Recorder from a pack of alien Badoons. Everyone in the galaxy, however, including the ruthless Kree Empire and the stalwart Nova Corps, seems to want that Recorder, who's not exactly sane.It should surprise no-one to discover I preordered this as soon as I read about it. Abnett was half the writing team for the Guardians' golden age, responsible not only for the best run of the Guardians but also sister title, Nova, demonstrating a genuine flare for cosmic adventuring that has been lacking in the title of late.
I know writer/director James Gunn personally sought out Abnett, and his former writing partner Andy Lanning, for advice and inspiration when he was working on the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie.