Guardians of the Galaxy releases August 1st, and this week Marvel is really making the push to hype the team for what is probably the hardest sell to date for a Marvel movie. While the team and the team book have been around the Marvel U for a long time, they have never really been part of the A-list and never really one of the top sellers. This week, Marvel drops three themed books with two new solo books, Rocket Raccoon and Legendary Star-Lord, plus Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxys Most Wanted. Marvel also has Original Sin #5 and a new Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #3, who might be the only survivor in the Ultimate Universe. DC has Aquaman and the Others #4, Green Lantern #33 (part 5 of the “Uprising” Green Lantern/Green Lantern Corps crossover), Earth 2 #25, and Batman/Superman #12. Image has Southern Bastards #3, Lazarus #9 and Nailbiter #3. If you have never read any Guardians of the Galaxy material and are unsure about the movie, this is the week to pick up a few issues and see if it floats your boat.
Action Comics #33 (DC)
Formulaic is one way to describe the “Superman: Doomed” story, as the Action Comics chapters are usually the first in the new section of the over-arching story. This begins the “Superdoom” portion, which sees Superman finally succumb to the Doomsday virus. Who is safe and who can do the saving when Superman brings all to meet their doom.
Captain America #22 (Marvel)
Even though the Dimension Z stuff from the beginning of this volume was completely nuts, it was also completely awesome. Remender has been telling some really out there Cap stories but they’ve been really good. This new arc goes back to the events from Dimension Z and returns Arnim Zola, who got some screen time in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Rocket Raccoon #1 (Marvel)
A lot of casual readers might pick this up because it is drawn AND written by Skottie Young, who seems to have quite the cult following. Rocket Raccoon also is the more smart-alec member of the Guardians so that works in his favor for people that are big on, say, Deadpool. This is probably the character most people familiar with Guardians have been waiting for to have their own series.
Legendary Star-Lord #1 (Marvel)
The central crux of the Guardians team gets a solo series, and it’s inter-stellar adventure per usual. This book might be the tougher sell of all of the new Guardians material as they already have the team book, and Rocket Raccoon brings something unique to the mix, while this is typical Guardians fare. Even though he is the leader of the team he has the tougher hurdle to overcome.
Superman Unchained #7 (DC)
Superman is also getting double promotion this week, but Superman Unchained, even with its delays, is a book that is always going to get a lot of hype because of the creative team. The series is scheduled to go nine issues, so things are going to hit their apex quickly and Scott Snyder pens a pretty mean yarn, so this is bound to be an entertaining finish. It also features Jim Lee art, which is probably incentive enough for most seasoned comic readers.
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