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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ 3 First Look Reveals Comic Book Accurate Costumes

Marvel and James Gunn have started filming on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 where set images reveal comic book accurate costumes right out of the 2008 Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning run. Just Jared posted the pics where Chris Pratt can be seen wearing the Star-Lord costume talking on his phone, Karen Gillan is …

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Includes Abnett, Lanning, Kirby Easter Eggs; Set On Earth

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 set images out of Cartersville, Georgia have hit the net revealing some cool Easter Eggs as well as the apparent revelation the movie will in part take place on Earth.

We see from the gallery below signs on buildings with “Abnett,” “Lanning,” and “Kirby.”

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning were the writers behind the 2008 Marvel comic book that inspired the movie.

Of course, Kirby is legendary comic artist and creator Jack Kirby.

What’s also interesting is that judging by the vehicles used, the movie looks to visit Earth in the here-and-now as the vehicles look new.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has a May 5, 2017 release directed by James Gunn starring Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Salanda as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, with Kurt Russell playing an unknown role.

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Andy Lanning, James Gunn, Dan Abnett from Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 set:

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Marvel Releasing DnA Guardians of the Galaxy Omnibus In January

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All you Rocket and Groot fans that hopped on the bandwagon with the release of the movie may want to check out where it all started as Marvel is releasing a hard cover omnibus of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s best-selling critically acclaimed run on Guardians of the Galaxy, Thanos Imperative and Annihilators.

Update: Amazon has the omnibus available for pre-order.

While we wait for this to be released, the Annihilation Omnibus and Annihilation: Conquest Omnibus are available.

I’ll say DnA’s Marvel Cosmic is light years ahead of the movie and infinitely better than the Bendis and Loeb crap. It was a shame Marvel cancelled it.

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY BY ABNETT & LANNING OMNIBUS HC
Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
Penciled by PAUL PELLETIER, BRAD WALKER,
CARLOS MAGNO, WES CRAIG, MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
& TIMOTHY GREEN II
Cover by ALEX GARNER
All that stands in the way of universal disaster is an unlikely band of cosmic misfits: the Guardians of the Galaxy, retooled for the 21st century! Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Adam Warlock, Mantis and the all-new Quasar — together with Cosmo the telepathic space dog — take on the universe’s most dangerous menaces and have a little fun along the way! The ragtag team must contend with Guardians from the future, a Skrull Secret Invasion and the Church of Universal Truth before the celestial stakes get even higher when an Inhuman/Shi’ar War opens up a Fault in space that may destroy everything! And the return of Thanos could spell doom for the Guardians! Plus: The solo adventures of breakout stars Rocket and Groot! Collecting GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2008) #1-25; THANOS IMPERATIVE: IGNITION #1, #1-6 and DEVASTATION #1; and material from ANNIHILATORS #1-4 and ANNIHILATORS: EARTHFALL #1-4.
936 PGS./Rated T+ …$99.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9834-5
Trim size: oversized 

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Watch: Nicole Perlman Talks Guardians of the Galaxy & Captain Marvel

Check out video above of Nicole Perlman talking Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Perlman is on board writing the Captain Marvel movie in which she says it’s currently in the brainstorming stage.

Regarding Guardians of the Galaxy, Perlman recounts how she got involved with writing the first version of the script. Perlman was a part of a Marvel writing program back in 2009 in which Marvel told the writers to develop lesser known properties.

A new Gamora comic book series is also in the works from Perlman which is set prior to Gamora joining the Guardians of the Galaxy team.

Here are some highlights:

They gave us a list of lesser known properties and said ‘choose one of these and you will be developing it for a couple of years by yourself.’ So we said ‘okay’ and everybody chose one. The one I chose was Guardians, which I got a lot of funny looks about because it was the least well known property on the list. 

I was originally drawn to the first group of Guardians. I thought there’s something really cool about Vance Astro and the whole idea about being temporally dislocated, but I loved the 2008 Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning reboot of the series. It just had so much color and sarcasm, and that was something that the producers were excited about as well.

I tried a lot of different versions of which Guardians to include in the story, but the ones that ended up in the movie are the ones that we decided fulfilled all the best parts of that team. We’re encapsulated by those guys.

Rocket Raccoon was a late addition. I’m really glad we put him in. He was very much on the fence for a while. I loved him, and Kevin loved him. There was some back and forth, and he made it in. Thank goodness.

With Quill we changed his backstory fairly significantly because we didn’t want him to start out too noble at the beginning and be doing this for noble reasons. We wanted him to be a bit of a scoundrel. 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Gets A Screenplay Writers Guild Nomination

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Good news for James Gunn and Nicole Perlman as the screenplay for Guardians of the Galaxy has earned a Writers Guild Nomination Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Writer Guild Awards also credits Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning whose 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book inspired both Gunn and Perlman:

Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Other nominees included in the category are: American SniperGone GirlThe Imitation Game and Wild.

Gunn posted the following response to the news on his Facebook:

So today I woke up to discover I was nominated, along with Nicole Perlman, for a Writer’s Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m honored and surprised by this, especially because we were the only film, of all ten films nominated for writing awards, that did not send a screener to Guild members, and did not spend money on any kind of push. Pretty damn cool. I know some of my fellow Writers’ Guild members follow me here, so thanks!

I also want to send out hearty congratulations to Charles Wood, our production designer, who was nominated for an Art Directors’ Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design, and Alexandra Byrne, our costume designer, who was nominated for a Costume Designer Guild Award for Excellence in a Fantasy Film. Charlie and Alex are two of my most talented GotG partners and couldn’t be more deserving of these nominations (and, truly, the awards themselves).

The winners of the Writers Guild Awards will be announced February 14th.

James Gunn is writing Guardians of the Galaxy 2 set for a May 5, 2017 release date. Nicole Perlman is writing the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Gamora prequel comic book for Marvel Comics. Dan Abnett is writing Guardians 3000 for Marvel, and Andy Lanning continues to write comics for various publishers.

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NINO Sales Down With AXIS; DnA Nova Still Selling Better

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More bad news for Marvel’s marketing department as the sales for November reveal issues of NINO to have actually gone down even though they were tied into the AXIS event.

NINO#23 is listed at 21,706.

NINO#24 at 21, 575.

October’s NINO #22 had 22,485 in sales.

NINO is out of the top 100 (again).

Comparing NINO to the 2007 Nova by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (which received none of the promotion that NINO has been getting) says a lot.

DnA’s Nova #23 actually saw an INCREASE in sales coming in at 26,409 from the previous issue’s 25,060.

Likewise, DnA’s Nova #24 saw 26,238 in sales.

Tom Brevoort has again been trying to spin things in favor of NINO on his Tumblr page. Brevoort made another snarky remark insinuating that Richard Rider Nova was canceled because of sales. Brevoort also likes to make it sound as if the sales numbers and rankings released by Diamond and sites online are incorrect. While true, the numbers may not be exact, they probably do give an overall general indication of sales. We know that former editor on DnA’s Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy, Bill Rosemann, said the sales on the cosmic titles were rock solid. We also known whenever Marvel cancels a title, it’s around a certain number, which NINO is near (around 20K seems to be the cancellation threshold). Joe Quesada also stated sales on DnA’s titles were not the main factor in cancelling them (it was the Guardians of the Galaxy movie).

(numbers via ComiChron)

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DnA’s Guardians of the Galaxy Featured On ABC’s Manhattan Love Story

With the Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy movie netting $750 million, someone at ABC has picked up on the fact that it was inspired by the 2008 Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning Guardians of the Galaxy comic book as a trade has appeared on Manhattan Love Story.

Former Guardians of the Galaxy artist Brad Walker posted the following image on Instagram from an episode.

While Manhattan Love Story has been cancelled by ABC, the remaining episodes will be featured on Hulu.

Brad is currently doing art for the DC Comics Sinestro series.

 

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Friday sneak peek! The mustachio’ed! #sinestro #greenlantern #dc #dccomics #bradwalker

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#sinestro face finished. #greenlantern #sinestrocorps #dc #dccomics #bradwalker

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Fans Call For Boycott of Bendis Guardians of the Galaxy #21

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Marvel Cosmic fans may have finally had enough of Brian Michael Bendis and his Guardians of the Galaxy.

When word became known that Marvel Studios was moving forward on a major motion picture based on Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book, the head honchos at Marvel Comics canceled their run, in essence firing the cosmic duo off the titles.

Bendis was named as the successor, with many people considering Bendis a backstabber in addition to highjacking DnA’s title, which again inspired a $750 million dollar movie.

Now with Bendis‘ recent attempt to explain the fate of Richard Rider, which interestingly enough was also first written by DnA in the best selling The Thanos Imperative, it’s looking like fans are coming to their senses.

Tom Brevoort was already questioned about the poor quality of the Richard Rider story in recent Bendis issues of Guardians of the Galaxy, which saw numerous misspellings and questionable art choices, with Brevoort blaming fans for – get this –  actually wanting the story to be told.

Now the social network Reddit is responding as a fan has called for a boycott of BendisGuardians of the Galaxy #21.

Guys, can we all resolve NOT to buy Guardians #21 next week? Because f–k Bendis.Comics

Some comments:

I am on board with this. Plus his handling of the GOTG kind of sucks. I miss the old run.

he should probably have paid more attention to Thanos Imperative, given that what he’s writing is basically its followup. It’s like if I tried to write a sequel to No Country For Old Men without actually watching the film.

I don’t mind the stories so much as the characters. Most of the Guardians have been rewritten to the point where they might as well be new characters. Only, they’re not. And the fact that that he’s kept the names and labels means that any other writer who actually wanted to use the established characters can’t, because Bendis‘ OC characters are masquerading under their names. The only reason Marvel is pushing new cosmic material is because of the movie, and the movie only exists because of how well the 2008 run was received. Surely you can understand people being upset when the new material doesn’t reflect the stuff that parented it in the first place?

I mean, his job is literally to write comics. Having some understanding of the comics he’s writing for seems like it would be part of that job, no? Does Marvel really not have editors who check things like this?

Bendis appears to have no respect for this cosmic saga because the characters feel very different to who Abnett and Lanning.

Abnett & Lanning spent years revitalizing the cosmic side of Marvel and crafted one of the greatest comic book epics of all time. Then Bendis took over, disregarded key events, and changed everyone’s personalities until they were almost unrecognizable. It’s like he completely missed the point of what made the A&L stuff such a fan favorite. I’ve always been a big Bendis supporter but even I have to admit that he made a clusterf–k out of this one.

I wish there was some sort of Omnibus of all the cosmic Omnibus’ for Annihilation through Thanos Imperative.

I only read the first Bendis issue, and I normally like his stuff, but thought it was woeful compared to the DnA run. Still not got any better then?

Sure, Bendis ignores everything that happened in the Thanos Imperative, I mean everything, literally everything, cant even spell Richard Rider’s name right (Ryder). All major points in the story line were ignored. And that is not the worst thing, even ignoring all that, he took a 2 page story and dragged it across three issues with a shitty resolution that makes no sense. We are on issue 20 of Gotg, and nothing really interesting has happened…F— BENDIS

i’ve hated it the whole time anyway. it’s been typical bendis: absolutely no plotting and every character sounds the same.

I don’t hate him, but I think it boils down to this; With Avengers, he completely revamped a comic that wasn’t very good at the time, and it was much better for it. With GotG, he completely revamped a comic that was already one of the best and well loved comics around, and it is much worse for it.

Amen, brother. People need to wake up and stop supporting garbage.

Fans are also upset over Marvel’s decision to replace Richard Rider with an “idiot” (the creator’s own words) that they dub “NINO” (Nova In Name Only). The good news is that the NINO replacement is selling less than Richard Rider, and fans also voted Richard Rider a favorite choice for the Marvel Heroes 2015 video game, and Rider was the best-selling action figure of the Guardians of the Galaxy Infinite movie line.

Regarding Bendis‘ Guardians of the Galaxy and its high sales, Tom Brevoort stated it had nothing to do with Bendis writing the title, but everything to do with the movie interest.

Similar to Joe Quesada stating sales weren’t the factor in Abnett and Lanning’s cancellation, former Marvel Cosmic Editor Bill Rosemann, who was also in essence fired from the Marvel Cosmic titles, recently stated sales on DnA’s books were “rock solid.” Rosemann was also responsible for Rocket Raccoon becoming a member of the Guardians, with Rocket now a household name.

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DnA’s Nova Still Outselling NINO

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Good news for fans of Richard Rider as it is learned Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s 2007 Nova run is still outselling the new “NINO” replacement.

October 2014’s sales numbers are out, and NINO sold 22,485.

Abnett and Lanning’s own issue of Nova #22 sold 25,060 copies back in February 2009.

Bear in mind, Abnett and Lanning’s Nova never got anywhere near as much exposure as NINO, who Marvel has been jamming down fans’ throats by putting the character in every event. NINO is also featured in a Disney animated series, which obviously isn’t helping.

Meanwhile, even though Marvel Comics cancelled and killed off Richard Rider when news of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie became known, the character still is popular amongst the fans as the Richard Rider Nova action figure from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie line was the top selling figure (even selling better than Rocket Raccoon). Most recently, a poll for the Marvel Heroes 2015 video game saw Richard Rider Nova come out on top over NINO as the default choice of character for the game.

And speaking of DnA’s Nova #22, Marvel Studios used the cover as inspiration for promo art for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Then there is the less than stellar appearance by Richard Rider in the recent issues of BendysGarbage of the Galaxy. It was pretty clear that Bendys and the editors on the book didn’t bother to do their homework as everything from the dialogue to the art to the writing was just awful. (Note: Fans are now writing “Bendys” due to the misspelling of Richard Rider’s name. We’ll follow suit). The three drawn out issues saw Rider create a doorway for Star-Lord and Drax to return to Earth. Of course, Thanos just managed to sneak by, which totally circumvents Nova and Star-Lord’s (and Abnett and Lanning’s) intent to trap Thanos in the Cancerverse in the first place.

Obviously, fans didn’t enjoy the three-part story, but guess what? That is the fans’ fault, according to Tom Brevoort. I’ve been following Brevoort’s responses on his Tumblr for quite a while, and one thing he always does is spin blame away from himself and Marvel. 

Yep. That’s just what Brevoort does regarding reaction to Bendys‘ Rider story.

My advice if you want Richard Rider back as Nova is to stop buying anything with NINO in it.

I would also advise the Nova fan sites out there to stop all promotion of NINO.

Quasar fans all stuck together. Where’s the Nova cake, guys?

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Andy Lanning Wants To Write More Nova and Darkhawk

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Best Marvel Cosmic news I’ve heard in a while.

CBR posted a write-up about the Guardians of the Galaxy panel at the recent New York Comic-Con.

Former GoTG writer Andy Lanning attended as well as former Marvel Cosmic editor Bill Rosemann.

Both Lanning and Rosemann inspired the multi-million dollar Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

The good news is that Andy Lanning still would like to write Nova and has stories in mind.

Rosemann also mentions Darkhawk, with Lanning talking about the “War of the Raptors.”

Previously, Lanning talked a bit about their planned post-Thanos Imperative plans last year as well.

Andy Lanning:  “I love Nova so I keep going back and reading the stuff. Luckily, Gerry is a great writer and I still got stories in my head which won’t see the light of the day, if I were to write those, I would respect what Gerry has done and take my thing in a different direction.”

Bill Rosemann: “We did our best [regarding Darkhawk]. Each event we try to see who we can elevate. In ‘War of Kings,’ we said Darkhawk! He would look so cool in space. There was the story we found out Darkhawks were the Sith to the Novas Jedi. It’s out there, and the people that are working on the books now are looking at things… I hope they bring them back.”

Andy Lanning: “There’s a whole, ‘War of the Raptors’ story yet to be told.”

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Guardians of the Galaxy NYCC 2014 Panel Recap

Marvel held their “Guardians of the Galaxy – Then and Now” panel today at the New York Comic-Con.

Present were Marvel Comics editor Bill Rosemann, Andy Lanning, Doug Moench, Gerry Duggan and Jim Starlin.

Below you can check out a recap via the Marvel live blog as well as a photo.

Nothing major was announced (tune in Saturday to the Cup O’Joe Panel).

Marvel 75th Anniversary:
Guardians of the Galaxy- Then and Now
The Evolution of the Marvel Cosmic Universe

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EDT
Room: 1A18
Following the smashing success of Guardians of the Galaxy, we decided to take fans through the history of one of Marvel’s quirkiest teams, as well as Marvel’s cosmic universe at large! This 75th Anniversary panel will feature current “cosmic” creators, as well as the writers and editors who shaped Marvel’s cosmic universe! Join us as we go back in time, and get an exclusive look inside the creation of some of your favorite space-facing characters! Panelists will include Gerry Duggan (NOVA), Al Milgrom (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Doug Moench (INHUMAN), and Jim Starlin (INFINITY GAUNTLET).

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Marvel Cosmic Event Coming By Starlin?; Abnett’s Guardians 3000 Exceeds Expectations

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No surprise to the loyal Marvel Cosmic fans, but once again, Marvel Editorial has underestimated Marvel Cosmic.

While it didn’t come with 30 variant covers, it seems as if Abnett’s Guardians 3000 did pretty decent sales-wise, contrary to snarky statements by Tom Brevoort.

Marvel EIC Axel Alonso in his weekly column at CBR made mention that “orders exceeded our expectations.”

Alonso also offered that Guardians 3000 was a book that took him by surprise this week, and that he singled out the series at an editorial meeting.

Marvel was also previously surprised by the success of Abnett and Lanning’s The Thanos Imperative, which nabbed the top spot at the time for trade paperback sales.

Jim Starlin’s original Thanos: The Infinity Revelation graphic novel recently topped the charts as well, which is why Marvel is going with the Thanos Vs. Hulk story as a separate four-issue series. More on that in a bit.

Now for some potential bad news.

Alonso also teased that at the upcoming New York Comic-Con, a Marvel Cosmic event would be announced.

The fan’s question referenced Annihilation, which started with the Drax series 10 years ago next year.

Then Platitude asks: “Hello! Will we see any events strictly for cosmic books, something in the style of ‘Annihilation’?”

Alonso: Keep your ears peeled for an announcement at the Cup O’Joe Panel at New York Comic Con, on Saturday, October 11.

If you have been a fan of Marvel Cosmic since Annihilation (or prior), you know why I refer to that as bad news. Obviously, we all know that DnA’s Guardians of the Galaxy inspired the multi-million dollar Marvel Studios movie (yet the guys at Marvel Comics are still surprised by the stuff), and we also know the 2008 Guardians (and everything else) was cancelled because of the movie — replaced by Bendis and Loeb’s versions of the characters. So it’s definitely a possibility that the next Marvel Cosmic event could feature Bendis at the helm with his Guardians as well as Loeb’s NINO Nova, which has been shoehorned into every event and then some.

However, there is one other possibility that I managed to dig up. 

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Jim Starlin recently made a coy remark in an interview with CBR, which lit a few lightbulbs in my head. Now coupled with Alonso hinting we may get a Marvel Cosmic event similar to Annihilation, my theory is that Jim Starlin will be helming a new Marvel Cosmic event. 

Starlin stated: “With the completion of ‘Thanos Vs. Hulk,’ I have the Titan, Warlock, Pip, Blastaar and Annihilus positioned exactly where I want them to be for my next Marvel tale, which I am currently working on. But it’s too early to talk about it.”

Sure sounds similar to Annihilation with mention of Annihilus.

I actually tweeted something a while back: I said Starlin, Abnett, Lanning and Ron Marz should be the Marvel Cosmic version of the architects (maybe the cosmic dream team?). Recently, Ron Marz teamed with Lanning on the Guardians of the Galaxy 100 thanniversary issue.

A Marvel Cosmic event featuring all four writers would be truly incredible.

Another bonus is that Guardians of the Galaxy movie co-writer Nicole Perlman is said to be writing Marvel Cosmic in the future on a Gamora solo title.

Update: Jim Starlin says a big announcement is coming.

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Get Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Prelude Marvel Comic Book For Free

Marvel Comics is giving away the first issue of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie prelude for free.

Simply head on over to Marvel.com and enter the code: STARLORD

The story centers around Nebula and Gamora’s relationship before the movie and features the art of Wellinton Alves.

GET READY FOR MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY WITH AN ALL-NEW COMIC BOOK PRELUDE—WRITTEN BY COSMIC LEGENDS DAN ABNETT AND ANDY LANNING! • Who is Nebula? What tragic events forged her unbreakable allegiance to her dark lord? Find out here! • Plus: Gamora! Korath! And more from the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

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Andy Lanning Shows Off Guardians of the Galaxy Comic-Con Display

The Guardians of the Galaxy are in full force at the San Diego Comic-Con as fan-favorite Marvel Cosmic writer Andy Lanning is presently attending tweeting out the following pics of the display.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” has an August 1, 2014 release.

For news, images and more head on over to the Cosmic Book News Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Hub.

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Andy Lanning Happy With Guardians of the Galaxy Movie

Andy Lanning, one half of the Marvel Comics writing team responsible for inspiring the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, attended the Red Carpet world premiere last night in Los Angeles.

Check out some pics and reaction from Lanning’s Twitter:

“Guardians of the Galaxy” has an August 1, 2014 release.

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Andy Lanning Approves Of Guardians of the Galaxy 17-Minute Sneak Peek

Fan-favorite Marvel Cosmic and comic book writer Andy Lanning recently got a chance to see the special 17-minute Guardians of the Galaxy sneak peek.

Lanning was one-half of the writing team on the 2008 Guadians of the Galaxy Marvel comic book, which the movie is inspired by.

It’s sufficient to say, Lanning is happy by what he saw judging from the following tweets.

You can also check out a fan’s stellar review of the footage and spoilers.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” has an August 1, 2014 release.

For news, images and more head on over to the Cosmic Book News Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Hub.

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First Look At Rocket & Groot From Guardians Of The Galaxy Movie Prelude #2

Andy Lanning revealed on his Facebook a first look at Rocket Raccoon and Groot from this month’s Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude #2.

The issue is available at local comic stores May 28th.

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MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY PRELUDE #2 (OF 2)
DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING (W) • WELLINTON ALVES (A)
GET READY FOR MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY WITH THIS ALL-NEW ADVENTURE STARRING ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT!
• It’s the first Marvel Cinematic Universe comic appearance of your new favorite duo—Rocket Raccoon and Groot—written by your other favorite duo: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning!
• The bizarre bounty hunters may literally be from two different worlds, but when their latest gig takes a deadly turn they’ll show everyone why those who underestimate them end up on the wrong end of a blaster!
• You know you want to brag to everyone that you knew all about Rocket & Groot before they did…so read this first!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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Andy Lanning & Ron Marz To Write Guardians of the Galaxy 100th Anniversary Special

We get some breaking news coming out of the C2E2 as it’s become known that the 100th Anniversary Special – Guardians of the Galaxy comic book from Marvel will be written by Andy Lanning and Ron Marz.

On art is Gustavo Duarte with a cover by David Lopez.

Of course fans known that Andy Lanning was one half of the cosmic duo known as DnA on the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book.

Ron Marz is a legend and known for working on Silver Surfer, Green Lantern and lots more.

Look for the issue to hit in July.

Update: The five-weely series that make up the 100th Anniversary Specials that Marvel is releasing in July take place in the year 2061, 100 years after the start of the modern-day Marvel Universe in 1961’s Fantastic Four #1. (Spider-Man, X-Men, Avengers and Fantastic Four make up the others).

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Andy Lanning Wants A Richard Rider Nova Movie

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With Marvel Studios adapting Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy movie for the big screen this August, and with director James Gunn including use of the Nova Corps, it can’t be helped but wondered if we’ll eventually see a Richard Rider movie.

Speaking with Sci-Fi Now magazine, Andy Lanning says he would love to see Richard Rider Nova made into a movie.

Having one film based on your work is a once in a lifetime happening, having two would probably have me dancing like Snoopy on crack!

Lanning was also happy about the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and offered:

They have really nailed the tone and feel of the comic book we did, seeing Rocket and Groot in action will never fail to make me whimper with joy!

Abnett and Lanning penned Marvel Cosmic since 2006 with Annihilation: Nova which led to the Nova ongoing monthly comic book, followed by more cosmic events and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Last we saw of Richard Rider Nova was when he helped save the universe with Star-Lord from Thanos in the best-selling The Thanos Imperative Marvel Cosmic event.

While Thanos and Star-Lord have since surfaced in the Marvel Comics, it’s unknown what became of Richard Rider Nova as Marvel has since rebooted Nova using a less popular character and one that sells consistently less than the Richard Rider Nova.

Regarding future Marvel Cosmic movies, James Gunn recently stated that Guardians of the Galaxy connects with The Avengers 3, and Gunn also previously said he would like to launch a Marvel Cosmic movie franchise. Disney CEO Bob Iger also said that Guardians of the Galaxy movie spinoffs where possible.

We agree with Andy Lanning and think Richard Rider Nova would work well on the big screen.

(Thanks to CBN UK Correspondent Darren Blackburn for the quotes; Darren is also a big Nova fan and the creator behind the Nova 619 fan-fic web comic)

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude Infinite Comic

Rejoice my friends and all hail the antithesis of Bendis!

Hey Bendis – you paying attention? Ignore all the Marvel hype about you and attend DnA’s master class about how to write a good cosmic comic book. Same to you, Brevoort and Alonso (hereinafter referred to as “Bonso“).

Mind you – this is not the Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy Volume II. Nor is it any other Gamora comic book incarnation – especially (Blessedly! Thankfully!) not the Bendis-fied cardboard cut-out GotGINO version of Gamora wearing the trademark GotGINO cheap Japanese anime “costume.” This is the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Gamora, and for the first time since Bonso decided to fire DnA for DnA’s success in creating an innovative new property that defined itself by defying super-hero cliches, I feel like we have a Gamora that is finally back in recognizable character. If this book is any indication of the quality of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, we have a great deal to look forward to when the movie is released this fall.

DnA’s Guardians of the Galaxy was basically a science-fiction version of The Dirty Dozen. It was para-military science-fiction which respected the characters, gave each a defining role and voice, and took the subject matter seriously. The characters were not meta-humans, but were instead characters who possessed abilities greater than those of humans because of having evolved on planets other than Earth. In other words, it was respectable science-fiction, and while it represented a change for the characters/concept – it was a change for the better. In contrast, Bendis and Bonso deliberately decided to simultaneously super-hero up and dumb down the team. GotGINO abounds with super-hero team cliches, the characters have lost their defining roles/voices and have been reduced to generic and interchangeable roles/voices just like any Avengers or X team you care to name, and perhaps most egregiously – the entire concept has been reduced to the level of farce with Rocket and Groot just around to shout catch-phrases, make lame jokes, and perform “zany antics” which would be right at home in any Looney Tunes cartoon. DnA created a powerful team full of interesting characters who were capable of addressing universal threats. Bendis and Bonso reduced said team to a sad, 3rd-rate, Avengers-wanna-be team that is a shadow of its former self and deliberately portrayed as weaker than and subordinate to any of the (way too many) Avengers or X Teams you care to name. DnA talked up to their readers. Bendis and Bonso talk down to theirs. DnA’s version was a change for the better. Bendis‘ and Bonso’s version is a change for the worse.

I’m happy to say the the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Gamora draws her inspiration from DnA’s portrayal. In this prequel to the upcoming movie, we’re introduced to Gamora shortly after the events portrayed in the Thor: The Dark World teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy involving Sif and Volstagg delivering an Infinity Stone to The Collector. It seems The Collector has in mind collecting all the Infinity objects, and he manipulates Gamora into begrudgingly helping him. Along the way, Gamora, dressed (thankfully) in clothes reminiscent of her Volume II portrayal, proves exactly why she deserves the title of “The Most Dangerous Woman in the Galaxy.” At the end, we get a glimpse of Star-Lord, Yondu, Ronan, Rocket, Groot, and Thanos as portrayed in the upcoming movie to complete the whetting of our appetite for the movie.

Andrea DiVito returns to cosmic for this book, and his art is truly magnificent to behold. I’ve missed seeing his work, and his return is truly welcome. Villari turns in a great job on coloring.

If I had one criticism of this book it would be that it ended way too quickly. I was left really wanting more – and that’s a drastic and welcome departure from my reaction to each new issue of Bendis‘ GotGINO. Pick this book up and get your Bendis Antithesis today!

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