Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Guardians of the Galaxy #1 - Written by Al Ewing. Art by Juann Cabal. Cover by Juann Cabal. Variant Cover by Belen Ortega. Variant Cover by Ivan Shavrin. Variant Cover by Ron Lim. Party Variant Cover by Pepe Larraz. Premiere Variant Cover by Juann Cabal. Variant Cover by Mike McKone. Marvels X Variant Cover by Skan. Space Variant Cover and Blank Variant Cover Also Available.

Once, they were a team of misfits. Now they're a family, and they've earned their peace. But the universe is not a peaceful place - and it's only getting worse.

The Great Empires are in turmoil. The rule of law is dead.

And amidst the chaos, the Gods of Olympus have returned - harbingers of a new age of war, reborn to burn their mark on the stars themselves. Someone has to guard the galaxy - but who will accept the mission?

And will they survive it?

Al Ewing (IMMORTAL HULK) and Juann Cabal (FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN) bring you in on the ground floor of a whole Marvel Universe of action and suspense!

Rated T+ - 40 pgs./$4.99 - On Sale January 22nd


History of the Marvel Universe Treasury Edition TPB History of the Marvel Universe Treasury Edition TPB - Written by Mark Waid. Art by Javier Rodriguez. Cover by Steve McNiven. DM Variant Cover by Javier Rodriguez.

It's the greatest tale ever told - and you've never seen it like this!

Writer Mark Waid and artist Javier Rodriguez weave together a sprawling, interconnected web of stories into one seamless narrative that takes you from the dawn of the Marvel Universe all the way to its end!

Far more than a collection of moments you may already know, this is a new tale featuring previously unknown secrets and shocking revelations, connecting dozens of threads from Marvel's past and present!

From the Big Bang to the twilight of existence, this sweeping saga covers every significant Marvel event, providing fresh looks at characters of all eras!

Collecting HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1-6.

Rated T - 224 pgs./$29.99 - On Sale February 12th


Guardians of the Galaxy #2 Guardians of the Galaxy #2 - Written by Al Ewing. Art by Juann Cabal. Cover by Ivan Shavrin. Variant Cover by Andrea Sorrentino. Gwen Stacy Variant Cover by Annie Wu. Chinese New Year Variant Cover by Yuze Wu.

Peter Quill fights for his life against the King of the Gods!

Rocket fights alone against the legions of Hephaeustus!

Phylla-Vell makes a choice between love and duty - with death on the line!

And somewhere, a black hole bomb ticks down to zero...

The Guardians' first mission comes to a cataclysmic end!

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale February 19th

An Interview With
Erik Larsen!

A Nova Prime Page Exclusive

Erik Larsen took a few moments to answer some questions about Nova, a favorite character of his since Nova arrived in the 1970's. I'd like to thank Mr. Larsen for sharing his views on Nova!

1) You've mentioned elsewhere that you've been a fan of Nova since his introduction in 1976. What was it about the character you enjoyed as a young reader?

More than anything it was that this was a new character introduced at a time when there were relatively few new characters. He was young, a loser, a poor student-- everything I wanted in a superhero. Plus, he could fly-- simple, I know, but there was something very basic and straightforward about the whole concept. It worked for me. And that costume just kicks ass!

2) In your Nova series, what was the cause of Nova's power fluctuations?

It was mostly a way of scaling him back a bit. The reason was simply that the powers had been given back and forth one too many times but on a story/plot level-- the character was just too powerful-- every fight should have simply ended with him blasting the crap out of whoever he was facing with eye-beams. Fluctating powers worked for me-- there were a lot of things I could have done with this.

3) What storylines did you have planned for Nova if the series had continued?

Too many to go into-- since I expect to get around to all of them in one book or another-- I'd rather NOT go into it in too much detail but I'd certainly have used Red Raven more and brought back a very different Diamondhead. I had a lot of cool plans.

4) Your Nova series never seemed to be given the chance to find an audience. What do you feel were the reasons for its early cancellation?

I have no idea. I think that they were expecting it to be a bigger hit. They were expecting what they'd gotten on Thor, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and all the Heroes Reborn books. They pushed the first issue pretty well but once the numbers came in they abandoned ship pretty quickly. This is Nova, guys-- he's NEVER been big-- he's had his book cancelled twice and a team book he was part of as well. It's like expecting big things from a Dr. Strange relaunch-- it's NOT gonna happen. I think they looked at how much they spent on promoting the first issue and said, "we'll never earn this back." I think they'd have been better served to have pushed this like they did a title like Thunderbolts or Heroes for Hire--or even New Warriors -- they didn't go all-out on those ones and they got modest selling books that lasted for a while. I'd rather have had a book that sold less out of the gate but lasted longer.

5) Would you like to write the character again and, if so, would you approach the character any differently?

Sure I'd like to write him again-- at this point, I imagine I'd handle him much the same, seeing as how I went to all the trouble to get him where I wanted him. It's a bit early for me to start second-guessing myself. Give me a few years and I'll get back to you on a new direction I might take-- at this point, I still thought what I did was a decent approach. There were a few things I should have done differently but not that many. I'm reasonably happy with how things went.


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