Two years ago Cosmic Book News was first told about the cancelation of Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy and that Jeph Loeb was to take over the cosmic reigns.
Marvel Cosmic fans were actually told the books were not canceled but placed on hiatus, with Joe Quesada even stating that sales had nothing to do with it.
Then this past Summer at the San Diego Comic-Con the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was announced revealing concept art based on DnA's Guardians of the Galaxy, with Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige stating he was a fan as well.
At this weekend's New York Comic-Con, scribe Brian Michael Bendis was awarded the writing chores on the new Guardians of the Galaxy comic book, which will be on the "same page" as the movie, according to Joe Quesada, and we learn just why that is.
In an interview with CBR, Bendis mentions the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and that Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley asked if he would take over Guardians of the Galaxy from DnA.
A lot of people know they're making a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movie, and one of my part time jobs is to work with the Marvel Creative Committee. That work involves projects that everyone knows are in development, plus a bunch of stuff people don't know about, where Marvel is deciding if it's something they want to do," Bendis told CBR News. "One of our first projects was 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' and we were doing a lot of research and really thinking about this book and these characters. I had read a lot of the material already as a fan, but not as a writer. So I was rereading it, and I really started to dig Peter Quill (AKA Star-Lord) and Gamora in particular. I liked who they were and what they were about -- especially Peter Quill's origin story and what it meant for him as a character. It's not something a lot of people are familiar with.
"I would get all hyped while we were talking about these characters during the movie meetings and how cool it was that Peter had this very little known origin story that is up there with Spider-Man's origin story if you really lay it out," Bendis continued. "I knew they wanted to get the book going again, and when I was wrapping up 'Avengers' about a year ago, [Marvel Comics Publisher] Dan Buckley said to me, 'You should do the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' comic. You've already done all the research, and you really love the characters.' So I said, 'Let me think about it.' He replied, 'What if we got someone like Steve McNiven to do the book?' And I said, 'Yeah -- if you get Steve McNiven, I'll do it.