Retail Review Spoils Marvel’s Cosmic Plans
Most of Marvel’s cosmic cards have been flipped over in a recent retail review. Midtown Comics were lucky enough to get a peek at Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova, and Thanos Rising when they were invited to Marvel headquarters by Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. They got to do a piece about the three titles to drum up support and sales and spoiled what seems like pretty major points, with clearly marked spoiler warnings of course. Midtown also confirmed the recent rumor about a major cosmic event later this year.
About the rumored cosmic crossover event, the retailer states that Alonso confirmed all three upcoming books will work toward an event later this year after Age of Ultron. They weren’t clued in on the name of the event and what it’s about, but they did say it looks like it will be about Thanos. Not a big surprise there, but now we have confirmation. About the three new titles though, Midtown got a peek at GoTG #0.1 and #1, Nova #1 and #2′s plot/script with uncolored/unlettered art, and Thanos #1 with uncolored/unlettered art. Here’s the spoilers for the three titles:
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. I can’t say much without really ruining the entire issue, so let’s just leave it at it’s a good origin story, especially if you don’t know much about him and even if you think you do, it’ll probably be good to read this updated take on it (especially since it explains why he’s not a big fan of his dad). 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.
This series focuses on Sam Alexander, the Nova (he’s not the only one) who recently appeared in AVX, where he was offered a spot on the Avengers. 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.
This mini is apparently going to delve very deeply into Thanos’ origin. We all pretty much know that he’s the son of Mentor (the leader of the Eternals from Titan, one of Jupiter’s moon). That he’s obsessed with Death (as in the cosmic entity). And that he’s tried to either take over or destroy the universe on more than one occasion (fortunately, never successfully). But we’ve rarely looked at his early years, literally, as a child. And that’s what this series is about. 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).
They gave fair warning about the spoilers, and spoilers they were. Then again, this was an official Marvel invitation so they may not have given the whole game away. There you have it cosmic fans. The first part of each title outlined for you. Pick them up in anticipation of the next big event that will take place shortly after Age of Ultron. What do you think? Any of this change your mind about the titles?
Source : Midtown Comics