It’s hard to imagine these days with their second movie on the way and Peter Quill’s abs liberally splayed across comic pages, but there was a time not long ago when the Guardians of the Galaxy were just a no-name, has-been Marvel team.
That changed with Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s decision to revive the team in 2008, and we’ve got an exclusive look at a new book that covers how the team that eventually formed the basis of the smash-hit movie came to be.
Released today form Insight Editions, Marc Sumerak’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes charts the history of the team, from their origins in the pages of Marvel Super-Heroes to their revival in 2008, and on to their roles as high-flying, big-name Marvel legends in both the comics and on the silver screen today. It features tons of art as well as new interviews with the creative teams that have worked on the Guardians over the years, and if you’re looking for something from the Marvel cosmic to read while you wait for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to hit theaters, this is an excellent choice.
Check out our exclusive look at the book below. It covers the moment Marvel decided to bring the Guardians of the Galaxy back after the success of Abnett and Lanning’s Annihilation: Conquest miniseries—and how the book that would go on to inspire the team members and framework of James Gunn’s 2014 film was nearly going to be a solo series about Phyla-Vell, the new Quasar, instead. Don’t forget to click the magnifying glass in the top left, and then open in a new tab, to see the images at their highest resolution. You can also read an extract from the included pages below.
Read more at io9.