As of Guardians of the Galaxy #15, by Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti, the titular team officially no longer exists. Their ship has blown up, they're all stuck on Earth, and they've gone their separate ways. So naturally Ben Grimm is spending time in the city of his birth, but Manhattan isn't the same without his family, the Fantastic Four, living in it.

The preview finds Ben enjoying a large stack of pizzas at a greasy New York joint (or at least eating them, he doesn't seem to be finding much joy) when Maria Hill shows up to have a chat. It hints at a future direction for the Thing that could be interesting, but we'll see where that goes. In the meantime, I'm on board just to read about the greatest Marvel character of all time eating pizza and being nostalgic.

Guardians of the Galaxy #15, the first chapter of "Grounded," is out December 7.


Variant Cover by Mahmud Asrar
Best Bendis Moments Variant by Javier Garron
Story Thus Far Variant by Christian Ward
Animation Variant
Art by Valerio Schiti
Art by Valerio Schiti
Art by Valerio Schiti


Here's the official word from Marvel:

This December, the galaxy’s greatest adventurers are stuck…on Earth. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #15 – the first chapter of “GROUNDED” and the kickoff to Brian Michael Bendis & Valerio Schiti’s epic final arc! And the Guardians of the Galaxy’s ship isn’t the only thing that’s been destroyed. Their ranks shattered by the events of Civil War II, the Guardians will go their separate ways. Now, the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing returns to the city he once called home. Only, a lot has changed since his time in space. Meanwhile the rest of the Guardians are faced with the hard task of finding a way off this mudball for good! Be there when “GROUNDED” kicks off in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #15 – coming to comic shops and digital devices on December 7th!