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 Kev Walker!
A Nova Prime Page Exclusive

Annihilation: Nova artist Kev Walker generously took some time away from penciling the mini-series to answer some questions about the upcoming four issue Nova mini-series that is part of 2006's cosmic event 'Annihilation'! I'd like to thank Kev for the interview!

Could you give us some background on your career, how you got interested in art and what lead you to the comics industry?

Ok the short and sweet version. Went to Art college for 2 years at the beginning of the eighties. Got asked not to return. Got a job working in packaging. Spent four miserable years designing confectionary packaging for people with no imagination. Quit went freelance, got dome work for Games Workshop doing RPG illustrations, used those illustrations to get my first strip work for 2000ad in the UK. Most of the work I've done over the last 20 years has been for the UK market, though in '89 I did ink 2 issues of Hellblazer for DC. I'd always been into comics since my childhood. My dad was a fan and used to bring me home comics as a kid. He liked Doctor Strange, which back in the early 70's was very funky. I had a personal fondness for the X-Men. But who didn't (doesn't?).

How did the Annihilation: Nova mini-series assignment come about?

I owe it all to Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett. After a short conversation a few years back they got me a fill in slot on Legion of Superheroes for DC. Then another contact of theirs wanted to use me on Exiles, which I pencilled, though only inked the first issue. That was a three part gig, before I got the six-ish mini-series 'Eternal'. Then I switched briefly to DC to Work on Superman. I did three issues, none of which will ever see print, for reasons never actually explained to me. Licking my wounds I returned to the pages of 2000ad, drawing and colouring a 72 page Judge Dredd strip, before, again, Andy Lanning interfered with my life and put me in touch with Andy Schmidt at Marvel.

What lead to the redesign of Nova's uniform? What is a creative decision on your part, Dan and Andy's, or a directive from Marvel?

Nova's uniform was nothing to do with me. It's down to the whims of fashion. What's in what's out. And as for being creative, I draw stuff that 'feels' right to me, if I'm unsure I chat to the guys, then ignore their comments and draw what I feel like drawing. Ha ha.

Will the new uniform have new or expanded capabilities and, if so, what might they be?

It's all new to me. I've never read Nova before.

How do the writers/artist dynamics work between Dan and Andy and yourself for the mini-series?

Oooh, think I already answered that one. They tell me what to draw, I ignore it, and give them what they need instead. Then I tell them it was all their idea anyway.

How does your storytelling technique change from a team book (for example, your work on the Exiles) to a single character book like Nova?

hmmm, don't know that it does. Except that you have to be more creative. With only one character to focus on you have draw the same figure more often. It's easy to fall into character shortcuts and draw the same headshot over and over. With a group book you have multiple characters all competing for attention. With Nova it's all on him, single spotlight. If I draw him badly there isn't another kick ass character standing next to him to draw the eye away from bad figure work.

If given an opportunity, would you like to expand to writing duties? If so, what characters would you be interested in writing?

I already have writing credits, but only one to my name in the US. A one off 'Hellboy' related strip in the Weird Tales anthologies.

What other projects will we be seeing from you in the near future?

After this? What, you mean there'll be an 'after'? Cool, never thought about that. Have no idea.


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