A few weeks ago Brian Michael Bendis (New Avengers) announced his departure from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise following the big “Grounded” storyline. The sudden exit was really strange as the next book is launching further away from Marvel’s newest publishing initiative, Marvel NOW! 2.0. However, just a little over a week into 2017 the publisher has now confirmed that author Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), artist Aaron Kuder (Action Comics) and colorist Ive Svorcina (Secret Wars) are the incoming creative team on the new series following up Bendis’ run with artist Valerio Schiti (All-New, All-Different Avengers).
The new ongoing series debuts in May and was announced by ComicBook.com. The team seems to be Grounded no longer, with new team costumes including Star-Lord who is now rocking his new/traditional outfit from his ongoing series. The roster of the team has gone back-to-basics as well with no more Ben Grimm, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Kitty Pryde or Venom, just the movie team of Drax, Gamora, Groot (now in adorable baby form again), Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord remain. In addition, Duggan teased some brand new mysteries that will be lingering throughout the book including how Drax stopped destroying and a secret behind why Groot is small.
The new series picks up with the team on a new job in the middle of a big battle between the Collector and the Grandmaster. ComicBook.com had an interview with Duggan, Kuder and editor Jordan D. White on the series where Duggan teased a new aspect of the book;
It’s a different era in the Marvel cosmic universe. There hasn’t been a Nova Corps in a long time, and we’re going to find out that that has caused some problems. Pretty quickly, we’ll find that there are new sheriffs in town. As the Nova Corps gets reconstituted out there, it’s going to present us with fun opportunities to get these guys into a lot of trouble. That’s another of our goals, to always to be putting them into trouble.
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy is a book on a double-shipping schedule slated to debut this upcoming May.