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First Look: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

Check out the solicit and accompanying trading cards.

For a while there people were wondering if Iron Man would be a member of the upcoming GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY series being written by Brian Michael Bendis and scheduled to hit comic shops on March 27th, and it seems now we have a definitive answer. Marvel recently released the solicit for the first issue and accompanying trading cards giving us a better look at what fans and readers can expect from the series. Check out the trading card images illustrated by artist Steve Mcniven below and let us know if you will be picking up this series next month.

Head To The Stars With GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trading Cards!

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This March, Guardians of the Galaxy #1 launches in style with special limited edition trading cards, ONLY available at select retail shops hosting a launch party! That’s right, one of the biggest launches of the year just got bigger with one of a kind collector’s items! Courtesy of blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis (All New X-Men, Age Of Ultron) and Steve McNiven (Civil War, Old Man Logan), fans are in for the ride of their life as the Guardians of the Galaxy put their lives on the line for the sake of the Marvel Universe. There’s a new rule in the galaxy, and it’s put Earth off limits to any outsiders. But why has Earth become so important? That’s what Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot AND Iron Man are about to discover.

But that’s not all! ONE of these trading cards will not be as readily available as the others. But which one? Well you’ll have to head on over to a local participating retailer to find out!

So what are you waiting for? Go on out and reserve a copy of Guardians of the Galaxy #1 today!

Retailers: Time is running out to participate in a Guardians of the Galaxy Launch Party, please check with your Diamond representitve or the Marvel Mailer for details.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

Pencils & Cover by Steve McNiven

FOC – 2/18/13, ON SALE 3/27/13

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Posted By SirJig

I will never understand why Marvel gave this book to a writer that even admitted can't write space books and thats why he's setting it on earth. Why didn't they give this book to Hickman?

Exactly. On both counts.

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Posted By Veitha

I want Gamora'd old costume back. This is awful, she's lost the sex appeal

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Posted By rockwellfontana

Fire Bendis and give DnA their baby back.

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Posted By WhatJ

You get new armor you get new armor This reminds me of the whole West Coast Avengers ending ..

Oh Bendy here is a hint the Armor looks like shit!!!

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Posted By WhatJ

What no Captain America or Wolvie come on at least put Spider-Man in it..haHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

What a joke Iron man needs to stay in his other 250 books give us GotG stop with the whole bendis bullshit...

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Posted By Charlie_Jade

@Sissel said:

Ironman shouldn't not stick around much longer than say 10 issues.

Agreed, Ironman is mostly earth bound not cosmic stories

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Posted By ripcurl

@DJ1107:

Yeah, but at least we got some kinda explanation when he was resurrected before.

Now he's just alive again without any reason, aside from the fact that the Guardians of the Galaxy needed a brawler type.

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Posted By DJ1107

@ripcurl:

He died about 3 to 4 times in his career so you really shouldn't worry about it. I'm more surprise that he's been eating his vegetables because he is HUGE now compared to his last appeance.

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Posted By gravitypress

Please no Ironman in Guardians.

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Posted By DMC

@TheHeat said:

Not sure if I am looking at GotG... ...or Mass Effect.

Mass Effect was the first thing I thought of when I saw issue #1 cover. It's brilliant imo.

...hmm....maybe I should play the game.....

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Posted By soundjam

I'm excited for this, but very hesitantly seeing as its written by Bendis. And whats up with Stark on the team? I get that he's popular and will help the title sell, but I just see him clashing with Quill and taking the focus away from other members. And you know he's still going to be in at least one Avengers book as well has his solo title. I'm sorry, but Guardians is a full time gig, I don't really like him splitting time on this.

And if they're positive they only need one green chick they should have gone with Mantis over Gamora. She's always been such a larger part of this embodiment of guardians, even before they were the guardians. Gamora is cool and all, but Drax kind of already does what she does.

At least the promo pic for the movie has Star-Lord in his helmet, even if they aren't all wearing the awesome matching uniforms. So at least we have that.

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Posted By Dreadmaster

@jloneblackheart said:

@Baberaham_Lincoln said:

Why no adam warlock, DX.... waaaahhhhhhhyyyyy.... i actually don't know, what happened to Warlock anyway? and all veterans, is it possible for his return? did he actually die? i only heard of him when i bought this Infinity gauntlet trade, it was olddd but fun to read ^_^

Adam Warlock turned into the Magus, who was then killed by Lord Mar-Vell.

Not like it matters to Bendis. Starlord and Drax were dead too, but now they are back. This is obviously only including the characters they want for the movie, thus the absence of Moondragon, Mantis (who need two green chicks, right?) and Cosmo (also, who needs two talking animals).

I don't like to complain at all, but your grievances are well felt...

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Posted By ripcurl

So...

Uhhhhh....

Drax is alive again? After Thanos turned him to ash last year?

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Edited By adamrcorrigan

WHY!! You don't need an Avenger in every team. The guardians will be ruined by Tony acting the boss. Starlord is the boss. Bendis you suck! Abnett should be writing this.

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Posted By Oginator

I have read the Guardians of the Galaxy since the1970s. It was one of my favorites comics of all time. I miss the original group from the future with Martinex and Starhawk, not this team with members of The Infinity Watch.

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Posted By jloneblackheart

@Baberaham_Lincoln said:

Why no adam warlock, DX.... waaaahhhhhhhyyyyy.... i actually don't know, what happened to Warlock anyway? and all veterans, is it possible for his return? did he actually die? i only heard of him when i bought this Infinity gauntlet trade, it was olddd but fun to read ^_^

Adam Warlock turned into the Magus, who was then killed by Lord Mar-Vell.

Not like it matters to Bendis. Starlord and Drax were dead too, but now they are back. This is obviously only including the characters they want for the movie, thus the absence of Moondragon, Mantis (who need two green chicks, right?) and Cosmo (also, who needs two talking animals).

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Posted By jsphsmth

I like what Bendis is saying about the direction for the new series. I was hesitant, but now I am on board. Not so much with Nova though. Ugh.

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@quatro_briefs said:

@Vance Astro: But these days, seems that only X-men and Avenger books survive. There are certain exceptions, but Marvel pushes the panic button too soon.

True, but this book is too important to fail now.  I don't know how much of a difference Iron Man being a member is going to make but I don't think they can cancel it at least until the movie drops.
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Posted By quatro_briefs

@Vance Astro: But these days, seems that only X-men and Avenger books survive. There are certain exceptions, but Marvel pushes the panic button too soon.

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Posted By vance_astro
@quatro_briefs said:

Without Ironman, would be cancelled by issue 12. With him, maybe it will make it to 15.

Guardians of the Galaxy has NEVER been cancelled that early....
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Posted By quatro_briefs

Without Ironman, would be cancelled by issue 12. With him, maybe it will make it to 15.

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Posted By aaunderoath

This seems like it's gonna be Mass Effect except in the Marvel universe. Definitely picking it up

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Posted By Baberaham_Lincoln

Why no adam warlock, DX.... waaaahhhhhhhyyyyy.... i actually don't know, what happened to Warlock anyway? and all veterans, is it possible for his return? did he actually die? i only heard of him when i bought this Infinity gauntlet trade, it was olddd but fun to read ^_^

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Posted By ppetrov83

hmm...

maybe it is all related to the future movie...

Tony's eventual appearance in the future GoG movie interesting IM's fans going to see it and it'll be true to the comic...

Star Lord's new costume....hmmm...well...actors don't like to hide their faces behind masks in a potential career-high role...

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

That isn't Star Lord, this is is Star Lord:

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Posted By deadpool25mm

@Z3RO180 said:

So when did tony become a guardian ?

In Avengers Assemble #8 or #9

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Posted By bunkerbuster05

I'm both excited and worried.

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Posted By Miss_Garrick

Iron Man looks like Klytus from "Flash Gordon". That's not a good thing in this case.

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Posted By the_tree

@kennyshat said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: Probably to make him look more like Chris Pratt.

Even Chris Pratt doesn't have blonde hair. I think they just threw their hands in the air and said "F### it, he's going blonde!"

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Posted By Fantasgasmic

is that Iron Man helmet supposed to look like the Star Lord helmet? Because it does.

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Posted By Crucible248

Arrr this frustrating for me, I was a huge fan of the Guardians during those fantastic Annihilation cosmic events. Now they completely got rid of Rich Rider as Nova( BOOOOOO) and then they put together this team. I hate how Marvel is completely messing with the comics just so it can make some movies. The movies and comic universe should be totally separate. Everything Abnett and Lanning did for the cosmic side of Marvel is wasted now. I loved all the Marvel movies that lead up to the Avengers and I believe I will love what they will do in the future cause they got strong writing and casting for the movies. I just hate to see it change the comic universe like this.

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Posted By Teerack

Garona's new look is amazing.

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Posted By Tony_Shark

Why are people mad about Iron Man?

It's a very logical step for the character. He's meant for better things than just Earth.

There is some Mass Effect feeling to this... Weird.

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Posted By fACEmelter88

Trading cards? what is this this 1994?

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Posted By CTG

@monopolyloser: I don't follow DC that much, so it was funny the first time I saw Power Girl - I was like "Are you kidding me?" I wasn't outraged or anything, it was just sadly funny. Also before the New 52 my only exposure to Starfire was the old Teen Titans cartoon - imagine my surprise seeing her in Red Hood & the Outlaws lol.

I think I am one the very few who liked Jim Lee's costume redesign for Wonder Woman - the one w/ the jacket, it was pretty modern and dope. Although admittedly, I don't have a heavy emotional investment in her like I do w/ other female characters like Jean, Psylocke, and Dust - so I didn't have any nostalgic grip on her traditional costume.

Speaking of which as a Muslim myself, I've flip flopped on whether I like Dust's costume. There are many Muslim women around the world who choose to wear the veil, while others just wear a headscarf and dress modestly (no tight, revealing clothing), I'm just not sure if they chose it for her in a stereotypical way - which is the cause of my flip flopping.

Regardless, hats off to Marvel.

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Posted By Sissel

Ironman shouldn't not stick around much longer than say 10 issues. I wish it is more of a team-up than being an actual member of the group.

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Edited By Teerack

Only thing I'm afraid of is Ironman stealing the spot light. I liked how different GOTG was from all the other marvel teams. Also really hope they waste no time bring back Adam Warlock and Phyla-Vell.

Also I'd love to see Quasar(Wendell Vaughn) on the team because he's become irrelevant after the death of Richard Rider.

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Posted By GothamRed

@Z3RO180: my guess, guardians of the galaxy #1

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Posted By jemckinn214

I liked Stark's new armor depicted in the other pictures, not really doing it for me here.

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Posted By fodigg

I'm not fond of the Quill redesign. He's too blond, too clean shaven, and I miss his kickass helmet from the last reboot. Also, Gamora's new costume. Yay that it's no longer just a giant g-string, but they might have gone a little far in the other direction. It just looks bland.

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Posted By RedheadedAtrocitus

I thought I recognized McNiven's pencils for these. Not bad I say!

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Posted By monopolyloser
@CTG

@monopolyloser: I just like that w/ the Marvel NOW! initiative, they decided to give females more... "feasible" costumes. Not sure I like the Mass Effect-type armor, but I do appreciate the thought of having female characters not being dressed as extreme sex kittens.

Of course for some characters it's part of their personality (ie Emma Frost), yet for others like Gamora whose a warrior to the core, it makes for sense for her to be dressed in a way that's more conducive to that role.

@CTG I totally agree! I can't stand some of the outfits that have been given to female characters lately, primarily in the new 52. So Marvel giving a bigger spotlight on female characters and toning down the unnecessary skimpy outfits is a step in the right direction.
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Posted By Mezmero

Since when has Gamora worn so much clothing? I suppose it will cause the makeup in the movie to be much more cost effective. Stark should stay on Earf. Sounds interesting but I will probably pass.

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Posted By LordRequiem

I can see where this is going, Iron Man in the GOTG movie perhaps?

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Posted By kennybaese

@Jonny_Anonymous: Probably to make him look more like Chris Pratt.

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Posted By Arevish

@TheHeat: My name is Stark, Tony Stark and this is my favorite suit of the Citadel.

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Posted By RoastedRay

I hope Iron man doesn't stick around. I also hope Star Lord gets his cool looking armor back.

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Posted By Mutant God

drax is dead, star lord is dead,

wheres Moondragon and Mantis

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

@jloneblackheart said:

Bendis is destroying the cosmic characters. He doesn't understand the characters or the history and just does whatever he wants with no explanation. I've never been so disappointed.

this

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Posted By DanialCarroll

Why give them all new costumes when the ones in DnA's run were so damn cool?

@jloneblackheart said:

Bendis is destroying the cosmic characters. He doesn't understand the characters or the history and just does whatever he wants with no explanation. I've never been so disappointed.

He did the same thing with Moon Knight...

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