The Guardians of the Galaxy Reunite for One Last Mission
Get an exclusive first look inside Old Man Quill #1, coming February 6!
In the far-flung future, it’s been quite some time since he’s gone by the name Star-Lord... You know, the legendary outlaw?
After taking over for his father as the Emperor of Spartax, Quill put the life of spacefaring adventure behind him for one of leadership and responsibility. He grew up...but things didn’t go as planned. Decades have passed, and Peter is haunted by tragedy.
Down and out, Quill’s existence means nothing…until the former GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY drag Peter out of his funk for one last mission!
Read what Sacks has to say about where Quill is headed, then take a look at the interior of the book for the first time...
Marvel.com: What about your experience with OLD MAN HAWKEYE made you excited to embark on this 12-issue future tale?
Ethan Sacks: Quite simply, I fell in love with this world and the idea of what happens when the villains actually win.
Can someone like Doctor Doom transition from a conqueror to an administrator an leader? When a hero does surface, how do they handle being the outlaw instead of the authority figure? To me, there are so many narrative gold to be mined in the Wastelands that I hope other writers and artists get to play in that sandbox, too.
Marvel.com: Why Peter Quill? What about this character do you find most fascinating?
Sacks: The whole concept stemmed from the idea of where the heck were the Guardians of the Galaxy when the Red Skull's plan to take out the heroes went down. They'd be off world, of course, so what would it be like to have them find out what happened long after the fact. And what would they do about it. But Peter in particular has a stake as a product of Earth.
What I love about him is that under his cockiness and humor, he is a truly competent leader and warrior. I like the idea of breaking him and then putting him back together.
Marvel.com: Likewise, this story will see the reunion of a retired Guardians of the Galaxy—what about this team have you enjoyed writing most?
Sacks: There is a magic alchemy to the Guardians: A band of misfits that work better together than on their own. Even if they haven't worked together in a long, long time. I particularly love writing Rocket and Gamora, the former as some much needed comic relief in a very dark story and the latter as the glue of competency that holds the team together.
Marvel.com: This story takes place in the aftermath of Quill’s time as the emperor of Spartax… How has that changed him?
Sacks: When this story opens, Peter has grown into a position of leadership on a planetary scale, and he turns out to be really good at it. At least until he runs afoul of the Universal Church of Truth—with cataclysmic results. Fifty years later, the poor guy is in dire need of redemption and that's when his former Guardian teammates arrive back in this life offering him a second chance as now his other home-world, Earth, faces the same threat.
Marvel.com: OLD MAN HAWKEYE saw Clint Barton team-up with Kate Bishop; aside from the Guardians, will OLD MAN QUILL feature any other future-versions of characters?
Sacks: Yes! First up there's....oh, you thought I was going to just going to give it all away!?
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