It’s time for some space-faring, cosmic superhero adventure in the May 2014 edition of the The All-New, All-Different Near Mint Comic Book Club – where each month we take an in-depth look at one comic selection. This month the spotlight is on:
Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel, 2008)
by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning with Paul Pelletier (p) Rick Magyar (i) and Nathan Fairbairn (c)
With their big screen debut, just a month away, we take a look at the Guardians of the Galaxy, as introduced by Abnett & Lanning on the heels of Annihilation: Conquest. We break down some of the far-out characters and concepts, sing the praises of Paul Pelletier and delve into tangents on bronze age creators and the wonders of Marvel Cosmic. Then it’s back to earth with a look ahead to the upcoming summer blockbuster, set to hit theaters on August 1.
Music in this episode by: War, Beastie Boys
Comic Book Club is dedicated to: The Bill Mantlo Support Fund This month, we depart for our usual Hero Initiative plug to call attention to a specific creator in need. Writer Bill Mantlo gave us some amazing creations during his all-too-brief career, including ROM, Micronauts and most-notably Rocket Racoon – who will make his film debut in this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In 1992, Bill was struck by a hit-and-run driver and left incapacitated. Members of the comics community are answering the call and we hope you’ll join us in rallying support for Bill’s ongoing care. Donate to the Bill Mantlo Support Fund at: http://bit.ly/1fCitYF
From his brain to your ears, Ben Peirce steps inside the mad mind of Cullen Bunn in the latest NEAR MINTerview! The Eisner-nominated writer of The Sixth Gun joins us to talk about that, along with a myriad of other projects including Wolverine, Venom, Spider-Man: Season One, Captain America and a few more teases of things to come.
Along the way, we talk about Cullen’s approach to writing, the never-un-changing-forever world of superhero comics, the perils of the continuity trap, and creator-owned comics vs. bucket list characters. It’s an hour+ of awesome with one of the top writers in comics!
“The additional pages in #8 did both Leinil and the schedule in,” explained Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “Anybody who pored over the artwork from #7 a week ago can easily see how he and Mark Morales have been putting their all (and then some) into every page and every panel, and that effort has finally caught up with us. Hopefully, retailers and fans will forgive us these extra two weeks as we make sure that everything is in the shape it should be in for the extra-sized climax—and from there, it’ll be smooth sailing straight into DARK REIGN.”
That also means some other related tie-ins will have to be delayed as well: