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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Cause For Celebration: Dan Abnett Back On The Guardians!


For those of us who can't stand Brian Michael Bendis's writing of the Guardians as a sub-team of his beloved Avengers and still wistfully pine for the Abnett/Lanning days then fret no longer as Marvel launches Guardians Of Infinity in December.

And it's written by Dan Abnett... so will actually feel like a cosmic book!

With art by Carlo Barberi, the title will cover multiple iterations of the Guardians, mixing the old school Guardians 3000 with modern characters like Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Drax, as well as the mysterious Guardians 1000!

Each issue also includes a back-up story, with the first issues being handled by Jason Latour and Jim Cheung, and featuring a team-up of Rocket and Ben Grimm.

I have high hopes for Guardians Of Infinity, given Abnett's track record for evocative sci-fi storytelling and his flawless run (with Andy Lanning) during the golden age of the Guardians' cosmic adventures.

This also tells me that Marvel has (finally) been listening to fans of the pre-movie Guardians that want to see proper, epic cosmic adventuring again.

Hopefully this title will make it easier to forget the pale imitation of the Guardians that Bendis has been churning out as he tries to shoehorn in random members of the Avengers (and half-heartedly recreate the magic of the movie) while simultaneously completely failing to grasp what makes good cosmic storytelling.

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