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Interview: Dan Abnett Talks GUARDIANS 3000

Find out what's coming out and check out the exclusive art from the series.

The original Guardians of the Galaxy are coming back in October. We're talking the original line up from the year 3000. As you may have heard, Dan Abnett is taking the reigns on this series. Having written many stories involving the modern day Guardians, he's now going to be jumping into the future for GUARDIANS 3000.

Joining Abnett will be Gerardo Sandoval on art. We had the chance to ask Dan some questions about how the new series will compare to the original. Plus we have some exclusive art from the series for you to check out.

COMIC VINE: What can you tell us about GUARDIANS 3000?

DAN ABNETT: It’s a new book about the classic ‘original’ GOTG line up. It’s set in 3014 AD, and will feature a vision of what the Marvel Universe will have become by then.

CV: Will this pick up around the last time the future incarnations were last seen?

DA: Yes, and no. By which I mean that I have no intention whatsoever of ignoring, erasing, rebooting or otherwise denying ANY previous GOTG continuity. But I also have a duty to represent these characters for a new generation without burdening new readers with decades of continuity baggage. So this is the Guardians fighting the Badoon brotherhood as freedom fighters, desperately trying to liberate Earth and civilized space from the invasion. I’m starting again at the basics, but with twist. Something’s wrong with time. The Guardians realize that they may have done this before… more than once. Solving the time problem becomes their primary goal (and thus I can acknowledge and bring in all the past continuity - and even embrace contradictions).

CV: You left quite a mark on the current day Guardians, how does it feel jumping into the future?

DA: Very exciting. And a challenge. With the 2008 run, I had the existing MU around me as a reference point. Now I have to build the future too.

CV: One of the fun things (if sometimes improbable) was seeing far off future descendants of current day Marvel characters. Will you use any previously seen future counterpart characters? Will you create any new ones?

DA: Yes, yes and yes :) And some brand new concepts besides.


CV: There's mention of a "threat to the timestream." Will the future Guardians travel through time or mainly stay in their own time period?

DA: Time travel to the present (and other eras) was a mainstay of many GOTG adventures early on. Given that trope, and the time problem, I think it’s safe to say that some time travel will be involved. Maybe the Guardians will meet… the Guardians at some point :)

CV: Can we assume it will be pretty accessible for new future-Guardians readers?

DA: Absolutely. As I said, that’s one of my key goals with this book. I want to take some long-standing, beloved but perhaps slightly neglected or forgotten characters and re-introduce them to the audience of today.

GUARDIANS 3000 is an ongoing series and debuts in October. Check out our other interview with Dan about his Avengers prose novel coming out next year HERE.

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Posted by Psycho_Soldier

nothing on JL300?

Posted by i_dont_like_comics

the face expressions are a little..... exaggerated.

Posted by Overlander

The art looks fantastic.

Abnett & Lanning had a good Guardians run, but I never connected with the future all.

Posted by dotwilson

really digging the art

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Interesting stuff, know very little about that side of the MU.

Edited by ShadowSwordmaster

I'm so getting this when it comes out.

Posted by Teerack

Because of present stuff in Marvel I find it hard to believe the Badoon couldn't be stopped by these guys.

Posted by NICKXH

Sandoval has probably become my new favorite artist this year for me. He's definitely has been influenced by the likes of Joe Mad, Humberto Ramos and Skottie Young's earlier work. Just like myself.

Posted by Danial79

Love that art! Can't wait. My only experience with this team was in DnA's GotG run, so it should be an easy transition with Dan writing this book too.

Posted by The Stegman

the face expressions are a little..... exaggerated.

I was thinking the same thing, they look like anime characters the way they're overreacting.

Edited by BlazingNova

YES! Finally we get to see Major Victory again. Digging the art, and Ill be jumping ship once GOTG gets done with the confusion of what happened in the cancerverse to this new ongoing.

Posted by MrTummyTumms

So now I'll have JL 3000 and Guardians 3000? Life is great.

Edited by Cap10nate

Very glad to have Major Victory back in a book. I am definitely looking forward to this after being turned off by Bendis' run on the current team.

Posted by Uncanny_XFactor

Ooh, this sounds great.

Posted by ravisher

looks fun

Posted by silent_bomber

I'm cool with this so long as it doesn't interfere with my Kingdom...

Posted by Mrfuzzynutz

Its clear I just don't understand what is considered "Good Art" these days. I look at the pages and was immediately turned off, everyone looks so damn angry...all the time. proportions are off and inconsistent. but to see some of the comments of praise, I am clearly in the minority I guess.

Posted by NukeA6

Looks like I'm gonna be loving a whole new GotG roster (well they're the classics but still). Can't wait for this.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord


Edited by tparks

Loved this roster, and still read the classics today. Can't wait for this. Why is Charlie-27 so massive though? Lol

Posted by TDK_1997

The slight previews and the interview indicate that this book would be pretty fun and action packed. I will be picking this up most definitely.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I love Dan Abnett

Posted by The Impersonator

Posted by Jake Fury

Not a fan of the art..

Posted by medulaoblaganda

this guys are in steroids hahaha

Posted by CrazyScarecrow

@mrfuzzynutz: You're not alone. Art like this in comics bother me so much. One of the only things I like about the current Spider-man comics.

Its amazing how we have gone from brilliant artist comics like Jack Kirby, Carmine Infantino, Neal Adams, George Perez to this.

Posted by TommytheHitman

Wait... so is Yondu dead now?

Edited by KomicKev

Yeah, not a fan of the art, but a big fan of the team, so I'll check it out.

Edited by BeaconofStrength

I'm hype. I adore the classic Guardians.

Posted by Teerack

I have too hard a time caring about stuff that don't actually effect the marvel universe. I'll probably read one or two issues and stop.

Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

I wonder if we'll see Nikki or Talon join up again.

Posted by GinsengKing

I'm happy the originals are returning. But:

Great, more time travel stories.

I cant remember the last time I read a Marvel comic that did not have a time travel theme to it.

Every marvel book these days includes time travel usage that promises to change the heroes life like never

forever. Until the next issue. Curse that Dr Doom for inventing that machine in 1962!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by The_Greatest_Username

I love the classic Guardians so I'll be picking this up, but I hate that Nikki is being left out of this for some new character.


I wonder when the first time they will cross over wroth current guardians.