New Guardians of the Galaxy Series…but…but…Jan 24
Indulge me for a moment, if you will, as I engage in a brief bit of classic bitchy fanboy complaining.
Marvel has announced that one of the ongoing titles spinning off their latest Annihilation extravaganza will be a new Guardians of the Galaxy series.
That’s fine, I guess…but hey, what about the OLD Guardians of the Galaxy?
A young Matt was at one time enraptured by the exploits of Vance Astro, Starhawk, Charlie-27 (come on, is there a more perfect name in the history of trash sci-fi than Charlie-27? It’s BRILLIANT), and the other Guardians as they had adventures set in some alternate future Marvel Universe. Inevitably, these adventures revolved around some lost, forgotten, or mutated version of a Marvel Universe mainstay…Tony Stark’s technology becomes the basis for a sect of odd robot hybrid creatures, Vance wants to find Captain America’s old shield, etc.
Written and drawn by Jim Valentino, the ongoing series was vintage late-eighties mid-tier Marvel–a little soap opera, a little smart-ass quippery, a lot of action. I just put it in my pile of “comics to sell so I can pay off my credit cards and emerge from the fog of debt I’ve existed in off and on since my late teens,” cause I thought it’s a likely candidate for an Essential volume in the next couple years…at least this new series makes it likely to get a release based solely on the name tie-in.
Maybe it’s just me, but the idea of weird versions of Marvel heroes battling in a dystopian alternate future sounds way too wacky and fun to go gently into the good night. Yet that looks to be the case.
Fare thee well, Yondu…you will be missed.