A decade ago the writing team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning wrote a four issue Nova tie-in for Marvel’s cosmic event Annihilation. The limited series was a hit and was promoted to an on-going. It also raised Abnett and Lanning (or DnA to their growing body of fans referred to them) to high enough prominence that they were tasked with writing Annihilation’s sequel: Annihilation: Conquest. When the dust settled on that Event, DnA were the prime movers of Marvel’s cosmic corner and between Nova and their new Guardians of the Galaxy title they took it to new heights. Their influence stretched far beyond comics though, as their Guardians run was used as the basis for 2014’s blockbuster film of the same name. After Guardians and Nova ended, DnA pursued others projects before dissolving their partnership. Abnett returned to cosmic Marvel, however, scripting a couple different titles, the most recent of which, Guardians of Infinity, drew to a close last week.
By Dan Abnett, Jason Latour, Carlo Barberi, Jim Cheung, Israel Silver & Laura Martin
Marvel’s All-New All-Different initiative ventures into the cosmos this week with the release of Guardians of Infinity #1. A casual glance at the title suggests a cynical mash-up of arguably Marvel’s most profitable cosmic brands (they even handily included the 90s Infinity logo for those who might have missed the allusion). Comics have been in the midst of 90s nostalgia for a while now, and the recent revival of the 31st Century Guardians is part of that trend. The characters date back to the 70s, yet it was their first ongoing series from the 90s that introduced them to many readers for the first time. (It also helped launch the career of Image co-founder Jim Valentino). Of course the 90s title itself was a glance back at older stories, in the same way as the Danny Ketch Ghost Rider who also debuted as part of Marvel’s 1990 new series initiative. Part of the fun of The Big Two’s decades of storytelling is watching each new generation pay homage to what came before, while using it to build something fresh. The post-Annihilation rebirth of Marvel’s cosmic line is a perfect example of this trend at its best. Writers took a selection of mostly forgotten characters and revitalized them into acclaimed, cult series which ultimately spawned one of the highest grossing films of 2014.
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