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Cullen Bunn on how As­gar­dians Of The Gal­axy is more than a clever name

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Cullen Bunn knew he was onto a good thing when he came up with the name As­gar­dians Of The Gal­axy in 2015. Now that idea is set to be­come a re­al­ity in Septem­ber as he and artist Mat­teo Lolli join forces to chron­i­cle the in­ter­ga­lac­tic ad­ven­tures of a new band of Norse-re­lated he­roes.

“I came up with a gen­eral mis­sion state­ment, team line-up and ini­tial story arc,” he re­calls. “It was some­thing that Mar­vel wanted to do, but we had to wait un­til the right mo­ment to strike. That mo­ment pre­sented it­self when the re­cent In­fin­ity Wars cross­over came to­gether.”

Led by An­gela, the As­gar­dians con­sist of Skurge the Ex­e­cu­tioner, Thun­der­strike, Throg the De­stroyer and Annabelle Riggs’s Valkyrie, al­though one of the most ob­vi­ous can­di­dates, alien Thor Beta Ray Bill, is busy else­where. “I went through sev­eral dif­fer­ent it­er­a­tions of the team,” says Bunn. “The only char­ac­ter who was in ev­ery ver­sion was Valkyrie. In the end, I wanted a team that of­fered sur­prises, as I wanted char­ac­ters you might not ex­pect to see work­ing to­gether, and who would play well against each other.”

While Mar­vel has re­cently been teas­ing that “The Guardians of the Gal­axy are no more…”, Bunn in­sists that the As­gar­dians aren’t nec­es­sar­ily a re­place­ment for Star-Lord’s mot­ley crew. “There are some con­nec­tions, as they’re in space, and An­gela is part of the team, and is in fact lead­ing it,” rea­sons Bunn. “They’re also deal­ing with Ne­bula, and the ad­ven­tures are fun and crazy. But the As­gar­dians are their own team, and read­ers will see that there is room for both groups in space!”

Spin­ning out of In­fin­ity Wars, Ne­bula ac­tu­ally pro­vides the im­pe­tus for bring­ing the As­gar­dians to­gether. “She gath­ers an an­cient As­gar­dian weapon to help her in her quest,” teases Bunn. “The As­gar­dians at­tempt to re­trieve it, but they must keep their ef­forts se­cret from the rest of their peo­ple.” SJ

As­gar­dians of the Gal­axy #1 is re­leased in Septem­ber.

An­gela leads the As­gar­dians of the Gal­axy into bat­tle.

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