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Prayers Answered: Dan Abnett Back On Marvel Cosmic With Annihilation: Scourge

Thank you, Marvel! clap clap clap clap clap! Thank you, Marvel! clap clap clap clap clap! Our prayers have been answered as Dan Abnett is announced to return to Marvel Cosmic with the upcoming Annihilation: Scourge event! Abnett is slated to write the Annihilation – Scourge: Silver Surfer title! Marvel Comics released the December solicits …

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Dan Abnett Now Exclusive With DC Comics

Fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett has signed exclusively with DC Comics. 

Abnett, known for penning Marvel Cosmic, Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova, will be writing Aquaman and Titans for DC.

Brad Walker, Abnett’s artist on Guardians, also returns for Aquaman.

See the full announcement below.

Good move, DC.



Fan-Favorite Writer to Pen AQUAMAN and TITANS as Part of DC Universe: Rebirth


BURBANK, Calif. (May 26, 2016) – DC Entertainment continues to add top-flight talent to its creative roster, announcing today that it has reached an agreement with writer Dan Abnett to create comic book content solely for the company’s DC and Vertigo imprints. In addition to writing Aquaman: Rebirth #1 and Aquaman #1 in June, Abnett will also pen Titans: Rebirth #1, continuing threads from his storyline in his current Titans Hunt miniseries. Shipping twice monthly, the Aquaman art team includes talented artists Phil Briones, Scot Eaton, Oscar Jimenez, Jesus Merino and Brad Walker, while the monthly Titans will see artist Brett Booth accompany Abnett on the book.

“Dan Abnett is the perfect fit for Aquaman and Titans,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee. “He skillfully balances great dialogue and high-octane action, making for great reads every time. DC is excited that he’ll be giving fans more great stories in both books as we enter into our line wide REBIRTH re-launch in June and beyond.”

Aquaman continues the story of Arthur Curry, the King of Atlantis, as he seeks to reconcile his dual heritage of land and sea. A citizen of both worlds, Arthur seeks to unite Atlantis with the rest of the global community. But his plans will be thrown into chaos with the return of his arch-nemesis Black Manta, who seeks to destroy the careful balance of peace, and bring Aquaman’s world crashing down.

Titans continues story beats from Abnett’s run on Titans Hunt, with teammates Wally West, Donna Troy, Arsenal, Garth, Lilith and Nightwing all reunited after the disastrous consequences of having their memories lost. Now, with their memories intact they will attempt to reunite as a team, and stop the demon that broke them apart and is a threat to reality itself.

“I was delighted by Dan DiDio’s invitation to sign exclusively with DC,” said Abnett. “My recent work for DC, on projects like He-Man, Earth 2 and Titans Hunt have been both rewarding and enjoyable, and now with Aquaman’s Rebirth in the mix, and the Titans as a new series, it seems like the ideal time to really focus on DC work and do my best to knock each and every issue out of the park. Not that we have baseball parks in the UK. We have cricket pitches. But the point stands, anyway…”

Abnett makes his REBIRTH debut on Aquaman: Rebirth #1 (on sale June 8) and Aquaman #1 (on sale June 22) beginning an all-new story arc, blasting out of the events of the DC Universe: Rebirth #1 special, written by Geoff Johns (Justice League, Green Lantern: Rebirth, Flash: Rebirth), that went on sale May 25. As part of the REBIRTH line wide re-launch, Aquaman will ship twice monthly, and at a lower price of $2.99.


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.

(via reddit)

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


Watch: Dan Abnett Talks Nightwing In Titans Hunt

Check out fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett talking about Dick Grayson becoming Nightwing again in Titans Hunt.

Issue #5 just hit this week, with Titans Hunt #6 arriving in stores next month, March 16th.

Did you miss Nightwing? That’s funny, so did Dan Abnett! In this DC All Access comics clip, Abnett discusses Dick Grayson’s return as Nightwing in today’s Titans Hunt #5, as well as what’s in store for Roy Harper, Donna Troy and the rest of the former Teen Titans now that their memory of past events are slowing returning.

You can also read Titans Hunt through DC Digital.


Guardians of Infinity Marvel Collector Corps Box Variant Revealed


This month’s Marvel Collector’s Corps geek box is Guardians of the Galaxy-themed. Check out the variant cover for Dan Abnett’s Gaurdians of Infinity #1 that is included, which features a Rocket and Groot Christmas!

Dan Abnett wrote the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book along with Andy Lanning that inspired the new billion dollar Disney franchise. 

Guardians of Infinity came out earlier this month at local comic shops on December 2nd.

You can subscibe to the Marvel Collector Corps boxes here. I’m not sure, but you may be able to purchase past boxes when subscribing. You can also check eBay, which has them at around $30.

Update: You can watch an unboxing video below.

(Thanks to Reddit user abidingyawn for the scan)



First Look At Guardians of Infinity #1


This December, the infinite expanse of space and time will give way, and three eras of heroes will collide! Today, Marvel is pleased to present a look inside GUARDIANS OF INFINITY #1 – the electrifying first issue! First up, fan-favorite creators Dan Abnett and Carlo Barberi take you on an explosive thrill ride that will answer the question – who are the Guardians 1000?! Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Drax now find themselves face to face with Guardians of the Galaxy past and future. Time to find out if the galaxy is big enough for three teams of Guardians! Plus, don’t miss an epic back-up story from Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen) and Jim Cheung (New Avengers) as Ben Grimm and Rocket Raccoon find themselves stranded on a planet where culture is based on Earth-style professional wrestling! Time for the bruiser from Yancy Street and the Guardian’s own ferocious furball to show the galaxy what they’ve got. Be there this December for the explosive debut of GUARDIANS OF INFINITY #1!




Variant Cover by CARLO BARBERI

In Stores: December 2, 2015


Marvel Releasing DnA Guardians of the Galaxy Omnibus In January


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.


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 



First Look At Dan Abnett’s Hercules #1


Marvel released a first look at Hercules #1, which is from the creative team of Dan Abnett and Luke Ross.


He’s gone by many names and accomplished many heroic deeds. But now, it’s time for the world’s first super hero to get back in the game! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at HERCULES #1 – the new series from Dan Abnett and Luke Ross! Time to show the world why he set the bar for heroism in the first place. Whether its street crime or cosmic level threats, not labor is too big or small for the greatest son of Olympus. But a new evil has awoken – one that will push the demi-god to the limit and test his mighty resolve. Witness the Marvel Universe through the eyes of one of its most powerful warriors, and the heart of a true champion. A modern world, an age-old hero and non-stop action await you in HERCULES #1 – on-sale this November!


Guardians of Infinity Character Designs & New Details Revealed


Following the news of the new upcoming Guardians of Infinity ongoing that pairs Dan Abnett with Carlo Barberi, Marvel.com has released character designs for the Guardians 1000 members as well as an interview with the creators.

Fans of the previous Marvel Cosmic titles should be excited for Guardians of Infinity as no one can write the Guardians better than Abnett.

I think that’s why I’ve always loved the cosmic side of Marvel: placing super heroes in an [sci-fi] context means that it’s less about costumes and secret identities and integrating super hero roles into a ‘real world.’  These are characters [that] look and behave the way they do because of non-terrestrial technology, culture, and abilities. We get a sense of the whole universe, and the possibilities are vast and ingenious. Take Rocket, as an example. On Earth, he’d be a curiosity, a goofy “fun” character. Out in the universe, he’s non-human adventurer that we don’t have to qualify or excuse. We can just get on with enjoying his misadventures.

Abnett says obviously time travel will be used to connect the teams, but hints it won’t be the same old same old.

The idea I was playing with was to mix up the characters from the two existing eras of Guardians: Rocket’s crew from “now” and Vance Astro’s team of freedom fighters from the year 3000.  That’s inevitably going to involve time travel, at the very least, as a mechanism to bring them together. But I thought of a way of using cross-time contact as part of the story itself without it being the usual “travel in time, change the future/past” cliché.

Abnett also describes the differences between the three teams.

I also really want to differentiate, not just between characters, but between team philosophies. The ‘now’ GOTG are very much rogues and misfits, but the Guardians 3000 are much more heroic—they’re freedom fighters, after all. It’s like mixing a gang of charming crooks with a dedicated squad of soldiers. Then the Guardians 1000—well, they are explorers. They are noble. They are optimistic and are all about embracing the wonder of the Universe. The three teams may have the same name, but they couldn’t be more different. Streams are going to be crossed, is what I’m saying.

Abnett offers the series is going to be a great ride and more.

Great characters; really great art from Carlo; plus an opportunity to leap headlong into the wonder of the broader Marvel Universe. If you’re shy of all things cosmic, you don’t know if it’s your thing, or if you’re fascinated by that side of the Marvel Universe but don’t know your Galadorans from your Spartax, the answer is right here. Jump on board. We’ll explain everything you need to know on the way. No prior experience needed. 

But hold on tight, because Rocket’s driving, and space can get crazy at this time of day.

“Guardians of Infinity” hits in December.





Variant Cover by CARLO BARBERI


Defending the galaxy is a good gig, but Drax isn’t thrilled with the combat hours (not enough of them) and Rocket isn’t thrilled with the compensation (not enough of it). They’re off on an adventure to supplement both, and Groot is happy to come along. But instead of the perks they want, they’re about to get more trouble than they can handle. Good thing the Guardians 3000 are on hand to help! But what about…THE GUARDIANS 1000??!!

Also in this issue, Latour and Cheung tell a one-off story of Ben Grimm and Rocket Raccoon, stuck on a planet where culture is based on Earth-style professional wrestling…but the stakes are life and death! THIS AIN’T KAYFABE, BROTHER!



Marvel Announces Guardians of Infinity With Dan Abnett


Following the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic that inspired the billion dollar Disney franchise, Guardians 3000 and the recent Secret Wars: Korvac Saga, Dan Abnett returns for the new ongoing Guardians of Infinity in December.

Per the solicit below, we see the team will consist of the present day Guardians including Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon, as well as Abnett’s Guardians 3000 team, and what sounds like possibly some of the original Guardians.






Variant Cover by CARLO BARBERI


Defending the galaxy is a good gig, but Drax isn’t thrilled with the combat hours (not enough of them) and Rocket isn’t thrilled with the compensation (not enough of it). They’re off on an adventure to supplement both, and Groot is happy to come along. But instead of the perks they want, they’re about to get more trouble than they can handle. Good thing the Guardians 3000 are on hand to help! But what about…THE GUARDIANS 1000??!!

Also in this issue, Latour and Cheung tell a one-off story of Ben Grimm and Rocket Raccoon, stuck on a planet where culture is based on Earth-style professional wrestling…but the stakes are life and death! THIS AIN’T KAYFABE, BROTHER!



Dan Abnett Writing New Hercules Ongoing For Marvel


Superstar Marvel Cosmic writer Dan Abnett is taking on the Prince Of Power as Marvel has announced a new ongoing Hercules series with art by Luke Ross, which launches in November.

Marvel’s CBR site features an interview with Abnett, who recently included Hercules in his Secret Wars: Korvac Saga series.

Highlights from the interview include:

•  The idea came to me because I was aware that I hadn’t ever given Marvel’s Hercules the sort of the consideration it deserved. I love the Marvel Universe and all the characters in it. I think Hercules is a fabulous addition to that and, as you said, there have been some great comics handling him over the years.

• Because of the nature of “Secret Wars,” I was restricted from using Thor. So I made damn sure that Hercules was part of [Korvac Saga”]. I wanted a big powerhouse demigod character. 

• I want to keep the book very accessible and I want to make it very immediate. So the first few issues are going to appear to be done in one stories. He’ll deal with one or multiple problems in an issue and there’s a sense of closure, but there is the inevitable meta story. So his supporting cast’s story rolls through those and we gradually get the impression that these apparently disconnected elements are going to be more connected. They are not necessarily all part of the same thing, but they are symptoms of the same problem. And yes, at least some of his major opponents are going to be new characters that are almost filling the vacuum left by the diminishing mythological presence of the world. That’s going to be a fun thing to do.

• He’s been a hero for longer than most people and he’s coasted. He’s had a few weeks off. Except in his terms that’s probably the best part of a century. That’s perfectly normal, but he’s become aware of the fact that people don’t look at him with the same awe that they do Captain America, or Iron Man, or Thor. They go, “Oh Hercules! He’s the funny one!” In this Internet age, he’d be the one where you’d see the fail photographs of him at an event or doing something daft or whatever.

•  For instance Tony Stark might go, “Wow! Centaurs. I don’t know what to do about those?” Whereas Hercules would go, “I know all about those.” So he has an area of expertise that fills a really interesting niche in the same way that if it was magic you would go to Doctor Strange or if it’s technology Tony Stark is your man. So it’s almost like an area of expertise that Hercules has decided to remind the world he know all about.

• This is not a grim and gritty take on Hercules. It’s going to be triumphantly celebratory of everything that Hercules has ever been, but it is him cutting back to basics and going, “Right, I need to get my act together again and prove that I’m a serious warrior and hero.”



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. 


Review: Guardians 3000 #8

Today we bid a sad farewell to Marvel’s only true Cosmic book, Guardians 3000.

It’s sad, really, that Marvel wouldn’t commit to this true example of Cosmic, but will commit to all the truly terrible pseudo-cosmic books like GotGINO, NINO, etc.

This issue wraps the series and paves the way for a re-telling of The Korvac Saga during Marvel’s upcoming Secret Wars event.  The quality of the writing and storyline is light years ahead of everything else Marvel is calling “cosmic” these days.

Abnett weaves a complicated and riveting ending to what would now be called a “limited series” with the G3K crew playing a pivotal role in using Korvac to try to correct the damage being done to the universe by Dr. Doom at the start of the Secret Wars event.

The art is much improved from the first several issues of this series and should be much more palatable to most readers.

I am truly sad to see this book ending.  I hope that Abnett’s retelling of The Korvac Saga continues the fine quality represented by this, Marvel’s only truly cosmic book.  Reward this quality by buying this book and leaving the pseudo-cosmic trash like NINO and GotGINO on the shelf.  That will send Marvel a message that there is a market for good quality cosmic


Avengers: Everybody Wants To Rule The World Audiobook Trailer

Watch a promo trailer above for Marvel’s Avengers: Everybody Wants To Rule The World audiobook, which is based on the original prose novel of the same name by Dan Abnett.

This adaptation in GraphicAudio comes alive with a full cast, music and sound effects to create an unforgettable listening experience.

This exclusive first LISTEN gets you a seat alongside the Avengers while they embark on an all-new adventure across the planet!

The audiobook is available fromhttp://www.GraphicAudio.net/Marvel and via the FREE GraphicAudio Access Mobile App which allows customers to directly download titles on their Android or iOS smartphones and tablets. 

GraphicAudio CD formats and Marvel prose novel editions also available at comic shops and Super Soldier-loving bookstores near you!

The Avengers: Everybody Wants To Rule The World prose novel is available through Amazon at a discount.


Just in time for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron: an all-new, original prose novel by the New York Times-bestselling author of Rocket Raccoon and Groot: Steal the Galaxy! and Guardians 3000! The Mighty Avengers face an array of their greatest foes-all at once! In Berlin, Captain America battles the forces of Hydra. In the Savage Land, Hawkeye and the Black Widow attempt to foil A.I.M. In Washington, Iron Man fights to stop Ultron. In Siberia, Thor takes on an entire army. And in Mangapore, Bruce Banner and Nick Fury battle the High Evolutionary. Only one thing is certain: This isn’t a coincidence. But what larger, deadlier threat lies behind these simultaneous att acks on Earth?



Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Said To Have Abnett’s Title Guardians 3000


Update: James Gunn has said this isn’t true.


Long story short: Dan Abnett’s 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Comics comic book was the inspiration for the near billion dollar movie of the same name. Abnett was fired off the book by Marvel Comics executives (for some reason), and now, years later, is writing a new Guardians book, Guardians 3000.

Now it’s learned that Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy sequel may have the title “Guardians 3000.”

The info comes from the website Production Weekly, which looks to provide lists of titles for movies that are currently in production.

The Guardians 3000 comic book features the original Guardians of the Galaxy from the future. Could Gunn being going with some of those characters? Gunn recently stated GOTG 2 is about fathers, and some fans are speculating Star-Lord’s father is Starkhawk, a member of the Guardians from the future.

In addition, Gunn let it be known that Marvel Studios felt his approach for the sequel was risky. If Gunn was just doing more of the same from the first movie, Marvel definitely wouldn’t think it was a risky approach. So we can obviously guess, Gunn is coming at Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in a different way. We get further proof of that in an interview with Gunn from the Avengers 2 Red Carpet premiere where he stopped short of stating Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was more serious, but instead chose to use the wording “deeper” in relation to character development.

It’s possible Gunn could address the rumor head on, as the director is pretty vocal on his social networks.

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” has a May 5, 2017 release.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:20095:]]Pictured: Guardians of the Galaxy comic book writers Andy Lanning (left), Dan Abnett (right) with director James Gunn at a Guardians of the Galaxy movie set visit.


Review: Guardians 3000 #7

Sadly this is the next to last issue of G3K, and with Marvel’s hostility toward this, their only true cosmic comic book, it will likely not return from hiatus after the silliness of the “Secret Wars” event has reached it’s no doubt too long in coming and astoundingly annoying conclusion.

Interestingly, the apparent cause of the Secret Wars event debuts in this book – but since the zombies aren’t buying this book, I guess they’ll have to wait and read it in whatever generic Avengers title they’re buying en masse these days.

One of the highlights of this book is how it indirectly points out how small and petty Quill’s GotGINO team has become under Bendis and Gunn.  Star-Lord is pointed out as lacking in leadership skills and proves that point repeatedly over the course of the storyline.  This is not the leader of men that Peter Quill was in times past – a guy who could take out a Herald of Galactus single-handedly.  It is Bendis’ and Gunn’s twenty-something goofball who is repeatedly outclassed by the original GotG team.

And, of course, when the situation takes a turn for the worse, what does this weak, pitiful, farcical, buffoon-ish, Bendis-fied version of Quill do?  Hits the speed-dial button to call in the Avengers, as always.  Vance rightfully points out that the GotG are better qualified to handle the situation.  And Quill disagrees!  Jeez!  This buffoon version of Star-Lord has drunk the kool-aid and bought into Bendis’ propaganda.

I’ll go on record as not being that big a fan of the Korvac Saga, but Abnett is able to weave an interesting tale from that source material.  

Leon’s art and Delgado’s colors are vast improvements from the first five issues.  The teams look more like themselves and less like some abstract art version of the team.

Rush out and buy this book, and its TPB.  Quality needs to be rewarded, and very little of what Marvel is now calling “cosmic” has any quality to be rewarded.  Guardians 3000 is the shining antithesis of Bendis.  Rush out and buy this book!