Spacefaring heroes of the Marvel Universe star in this week’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” film. The team has a long history in Marvel Comics, associated with several characters.
Brian “Buck” Berlin of New World Comics will host a “Guardians of the Galaxy” superhero school at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for kids and fans to find out more about these cosmic heroes. Cosplayers dressed as the Guardians will answer questions about the Guardians characters: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
The slightly offbeat characters include a talking raccoon and a sentient tree that says “I am Groot!”
Current “Guardians of the Galaxy” writer Brian Michael Bendis recently described the Guardians characters as “pirates for good.”
“But I also think there’s something — a lot of people today end up making their own family. Y’know?” he said in an interview with Vulture. “There’s the family you came from, and it may have been broken, or you may not have fit in it, or whatever. Then, you grow up and you make your own family.”
The Guardians of the Galaxy first appeared in comics in 1969 as a team from the far future. The modern team was created in 2008 by writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, rounding up several of Marvel’s spaceborne heroes from previous series, including Star-Lord, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon.
“I was probably one of three people who knew who Rocket Raccoon was,” Berlin said.
“Guardians of the Galaxy: Legacy” collects the first adventure of this team.
The series was relaunched in 2013 by popular writer Bendis.
Iron Man temporarily joined the team of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot as the team protects London from an invasion of the warlike aliens known as the Badoon.
Berlin said he likes that these very cosmic adventurers aren’t necessarily impressed by Earth.
“I like the fact that they all kind of see Earth as this backwater; to them it’s mundane,” he said.
Abnett said that wider perspective will help show movie viewers that there is a larger universe that Marvel films can bring to life.
“I think the movie shows that there is a huge cosmos out there that is barely being explored,” Abnett told the website Bam Smack Pow. “It shows that the Marvel Universe really is a universe and not just an extremely complex and interesting planet, Planet Earth.”