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Byron Brewer

Brewer Report: Return of the Guardians of the Galaxy


1706 So the news came this morning (5/15) from Marvel via an exclusive announcement to CBR: The much-beloved and fan favorite Guardians of the Galaxy – including Peter Quill, Star-Lord – will return in August’s Avengers Assemble #6.

Ever since the appearance of Thanos during the closing credits of the Avengers movie, first Thanos’ image and then even his font from The Thanos Imperative have found homes at the Brian Michael Bendis-written book based on the cinema Avengers but done as part of 616 continuity.

Several months ago, Cosmic Book News E-I-C Matt McGloin predicted that Bendis may be on his way to writing about the cosmic side of Marvel as he exits the Avengers franchise, which may be a good thing in that the Bendis moniker brings with it a huge readership but may also be a bad thing in that we never really have seen the writer handle cosmic, Skrull Invasion not counting (too Earth-centric).

So now we see Mark Bagley’s wondrous cover for Avengers Assemble #6 and there among the Avengers are a new but recognizable Peter Quill, Rocket Raccoon, Bug, Drax and Gamora! Peter and Drax themselves will take a bit of explanation; no word on Richard Rider in CBR’s announcement.

As you may recall, Marvel SVP of Publishing Tom Brevoort told Cosmic Book News that the summer of 2012 would be big for Marvel Cosmic, but then we were disappointed with Kid Don’t-Call-Me-Richard Nova. Yeesh!

But if this is true and not another Marvel dodge of information, why the return of the Guardians could be an announcement of -- well, of cosmic proportions.

As for the specific story of the Guardians’ return in issue #6, Brevoort told CBR that it is the first step in Marvel “doing more stuff with the cosmic characters. Certainly we've been talking about it and hinting at it for a while now, and we're getting to the point where you'll begin to see more evidence of that in the books and elsewhere. There's going to be a concerted effort to making a bigger splash with characters like the Guardians, Thanos and Nova than we've done in the past. That's an area of the Marvel Universe that we're going to have to put some emphasis behind.

“The last time we saw a couple of these characters, particularly Peter Quill, he was in the middle of being blown up in a big, universe-collapsing fight with Thanos,” Brevoort noted. “So we'll get some hints as to why he's still here and walking around and how all this connects. With the Guardians’ return, you'll see what's been going on in the larger Marvel Universe."

So I guess we will know in August where this is going, but as it is it sure was nice seeing Quill’s rag-tag bunch of cosmic commandos back on a Marvel cover. That alone will be worth me picking up the book.