by Vaneta Rogers
Next week, Marvel’s new ongoing Guardians of the Galaxy
series will launch with a team and mission spinning out of the Annihilation: Conquest
event. And as we approach lift-off for the new sci-fi series, Newsarama is spotlighting the characters who make up the new team of cosmic heroes.
Featuring a group that is organized by veteran soldier Star-Lord and the newly reborn Adam Warlock to literally guard the cosmos, Guardians of the Galaxy will star a group of fan-favorite cosmic characters – and unlikely teammates – including the new Quasar, Drax, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and the '60s Kirby monster known as Groot.
While the new series has an old, familiar name that is associated with a former Guardians of the Galaxy
comic about a team from an alternate future, the group battling against the forces of evil in this cosmic adventure will be a brand new band of heroes. (But co-writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are promising a connection to the original Guardians – one they’ve indicated will emerge as the story unfolds.)
So as this new team forms to serve as the first line of defense in the cosmos, Newsarama asked Abnett and Lanning -- who answered together in their common moniker "DnA" -- to put together a list of what they think are important points to note about each character, as well as providing a few teases about what’s coming in Guardians of the Galaxy. Today, we begin with one of the main organizers of the new Guardians team – Star-Lord.
Star-Lord: Peter Jason Quill
None. Peter had his cybernetic implants removed during Annihilation Conquest and now relies on his skill and training with weapons, and on several exotic alien martial arts.
Peter was born on Earth to an Earth mother and a Spartoi father.
Peter is a pragmatic veteran of many space battles and cosmic conflicts. He has a warrior's morbid humor and a heightened sense of irony. He is also a very honorable man and has been burdened with guilt over his actions in the past. He sees the Guardians as a way for him to make some sort of recompense for perceived failings he's made during his career.
- Brief Bio:
Peter Quill, once known as Star-Lord, helped Nova lead the United Front during the Annihilation Wave Event. In the wake of that crisis, he was appointed special advisor to the Kree Empire by their leader, Ronan the Accuser. He brokered a deal with the Space Knights to establish a defense system to protect the Kree space but was betrayed when it transpired the Space Knights were infected by the Transmode virus and slaves to the Phalanx. Quill, taking the name Star-Lord again, became the leader of an underground resistance group that helped bring down the Phalanx and their leader, the Terran robotic entity called Ultron. Since then, he has teamed up with the mystical enigma, Adam Warlock, to form a new cosmic team, the Guardians of the Galaxy, in an attempt to prevent cosmic disasters like the Annihilation Wave and the Conquest event from happening again.
- Recommended reading to get to know this character better:
Marvel Preview #4
Marvel Preview #11,
Annihilation #1 - 6 (2006)
Annihilation Conquest: Prologue #1
Annihilation Conquest: Star-Lord #1 - 4 and Annihilation:Conquest #1 - 6
- Last time we saw this character, he was...:
Basking in the glow of the victory over the Ultron led Phalanx forces on Hala but using the time to assemble his new team of cosmic protectors.
- What this character brings to the team:
Leadership. Loyalty. A strong warrior code of honor. Pithy sarcasm.
- Something readers may not know about this character, but we think is interesting:
He is not adverse to taking tough decisions, even at the expense of alienating his team-mates.
- What fans of this character can look forward to in Guardians of the Galaxy:
More of the same old Peter Quill charm and humor that they saw in the Conquest series and his solo book plus a healthy dose of cosmic adventure and stunning sci-fi superhero action!
- Favorite line that's coming up for this character:
'Have we won yet? Never mind, I can see we haven’t.'
Check back tomorrow when we ask Abnett and Lanning to spotlight Adam Warlock, who is working with Star-Lord to form the new Guardians of the Galaxy.