This April sees Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning return to Guardians of the Galaxy for back-up stories as well as a prelude comic for the movie.
Over at Marvel's CBR, EIC Axel Alonso offers the following:
One more return to talk about in April is DnA -- Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning -- returning to "Guardians of the Galaxy" on a couple of different things solicited for April; a back-up story in "Guardians of the Galaxy" #14 and the "Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude" set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What do you see as the importance of bringing them back into the fold at this point?
Alonso: DnA’s contribution to the cosmic universe and the Guardians of the Galaxy is unquestionable, and their adoring fan base proves that. It was just a matter of time before we got them involved -- and we felt an anniversary issue was the perfect opportunity. Dan and Andy will each be writing their own separate backup stories for Guardians of the Galaxy #14, featuring the characters they helped bring to the forefront of the Marvel U.
It's interesting, because even though they were working with some of the same characters, they had something of a different take on the characters and concepts, and it seems that maybe at first Marvel wanted to present a different take on the cosmic books when relaunching them over the past year. Is it at a point where the current cosmic material is established enough that it makes sense to bring back DnA?
Alonso: DnA’s contribution to the cosmic universe goes without saying, and no one overlooks the contribution of any of the creators who contributed to building the cosmic mythology. That said, when you’re rebooting a franchise with the goals we had for “Guardians,” it’s about more than supplying a quality book – you’ve got to send a loud-and-clear message to retailers and fans that this is an event, and the most sure-fire way to do that is to bring in your big guns: talent that’s associated with top-quality, high-selling work. We tapped Brian [Michael] Bendis and Steve McNiven in the hopes that we’d achieve a quality book that would achieve certain sales goals, and it worked. “Guardians of the Galaxy” #1 was one of the best-selling titles of the year, and the series continues to perform. But again, we weren’t building on rubble; we were building on something solid.