After the big events of Infinity War, we’re sticking with the theme of ‘Cosmic adventurers’, but after a bit of time off, are getting back to our normal approach. This week, we’re looking at a story from a saga that lead to some of the most popular movie characters on the scene at the moment, namely, the Guardians of the Galaxy, in their breakout series from 2008.
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by: Paul Pelletier, Brad Walker & Wes Craig
Founding Members: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Adam Warlock, Quasar
Base of Opperations: Knowhere Space-Station
First Appearance: Annihilation: Conquest #6 (April 2008)
In the wake of a universe-wide attack by the cosmic despot known as Annihilus, former Avengers foe and the robotic creation of Hank Pym, Ultron, stepped up to make his move. With the universe in chaos and the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corp destroyed, the safety of the Galaxy was left in the hands of a band of criminals, led by the washed-up space-faring hero Peter Quill, better known as Star-Lord. He and his team of criminals managed to prevail against the robotic would-be conqueror, and in the wake of his attempted takeover, Quill decided to round up a band of ‘heroes’ to make sure a similar fate could never befall the galaxy again. But instead of heroes, Quill found himself united with the daughter of Thanos and deadliest woman in the Galaxy, Gamora, the brutish ‘destroyer’ Drax, trigger-happy mercenary Rocket Raccoon, a sapling of the monstrous Groot, the enigmatic spell-caster Adam Warlock, and the reluctant ‘protector of the Universe’ and daughter of the original Captain Marvel, Quasar. Though their number would change as the years went by, this crew of scoundrels time and again find themselves at the centre of intergalactic disasters, struggling to hold back the tide – at least, when they’re not up to no good.