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Phil Hester and Todd Nauck Begin ‘Guarding The Globe’ Monthly This Fall

Starting next month, Robert Kirkman‘s Invincible universe will become a little bit safer as Guarding The Globe returns for Free Comic Book Day, previewing an all-new monthly series launching in September by writer Phil Hester and artist Todd Nauck.Like the original Guarding The Globe mini-series from 2010 — perhaps best remembered for a teaser ad campaign parodying Marvel’s contemporary Avengers teasers and claiming The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes, President Barack Obama and Harry Potter as members of the team — the new ongoing series will center around the Invincible universe’s flagship super team. That doesn’t mean that you’ll be seeing the same characters as before, however; according to the announcement of the project from Image Comics, the team will find itself “in search of new blood” in the new series as a result of events in Invincible.

The new series will also be handled by some new blood — new, at least, to these characters. Replacing the mini-series’ creative team of Kirkman, Benito Cereno and Ranson Getty on the new book are Hester and Nauck, along with colorist John Rauch. “When Robert floated the idea it didn’t take me very long to say yes,” said Hester in an official press release, calling the series “a great chance to both pay homage to super heroes and upend them a bit in way that isn’t cynical, but humanizing.” Nauck agrees, adding that he “really respect[s] what Robert’s accomplished so far with the series and I’m having a blast drawing this book.”

After a taste of the new series in Image’s Free Comic Book Day book, Image 20, on May 5, the new series will launch this September.

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