Gahl Buslov of Midtown Comics got a sneek peek of Thanos Rising, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Nova from Marvel Comics. And chatted to those at Marvel involved, including Axel Alonzo. He writes in the light of previous Bleeding Cool reports;
Axel confirmed that all three books are heading towards a major Marvel Universe Event later this year, probably late summer. We’re talking about after Age Of Ultron, and unrelated to that. And while the name of the Event and what it encompasses are still a mystery to me, I think it’s a pretty solid bet that Thanos will be at the center of it. Axel did reveal that like Avengers vs X-men, there will be a precipitating moment that will bring all the characters together and lead into the Event. And that the top secret (even to me!) Marvel FCBD book has something to do with it.
On Thanos Rising;
In this issue, we see Thanos as he was born, and through his early teen years on Titan. And we find out maybe why he’s so obsessed with Death (hint: she’s been by his side the whole time).
On Guardians Of The Galaxy;
Issue #0.1 provides the full (and revised) back story on Peter Quill, better known as Star-Lord, leader of the Guardians… It also very neatly explains why Iron Man decides to the join the group. #1 sets up the premise that a bunch of galactic royalty/politicians have decreed that Earth is not to be touched (for as-of-yet-unknown reasons). Of course, that means Earth now has a big fat target on it, and Star-Lord’s father manages to play his son exactly as he wants to, resulting in Peter and his team acting as Earth’s cosmic defenders, which immediately comes into play in the first issue.
And on Nova;
With issue #1 we’ve backtracked a bit in Marvel time to Sam’s origin. We find out that his father was a Nova Corps member who has been on Earth the last 15 years, and started a family that includes Sam and his younger sister. But he’s a bit of a has-been at this point, barely making it as a janitor at Sam’s high school. And while Sam’s younger sister delights in hearing them at bedtime, Sam dismisses his father’s Nova Corps stories as just that, stories. Until one day his father disappears, and shortly thereafter, Gamora and Rocket Raccoon (from the Guardians of the Galaxy) show up with the Nova Corps helmet that Sam has seen sitting in his father’s garage all these years. #2 deals with Sam finding out that just maybe his father’s stories were true, and him trying on the helmet and discovering his new-found powers (as provided by the Nova helmet). In the course of testing his new abilities, he crashes on the moon and encounters a certain giant, bald-headed, and very displeased observer.