Have I ever told you about the time I was hanging out in a bar at a convention years and years ago and I was talking to a Marvel editor about how they should do something with Rocket Raccoon, and the editor told me that would never, ever happen? Well, it turns out there are no bad characters, only characters that haven't been turned into Funko Pop vinyl figures yet.

Flash forward to late 2014, and Marvel just announced a sixth Guardians Of The Galaxy ongoing title. Turns out raccoons make big bank. The new book is called Guardians Team-Up, and it features Guardians, teaming up. Brian Michael Bendis will write and Art Adams will draw the first story, co-starring the Avengers. They will probably fight first. (The Guardians and the Avengers. Not Bendis and Adams.)

Legendary Legendary Star-Lord writer Sam Humphries will pen the third issue, tying in to next year's Black Vortex event, and editor Katie Kubert dropped hints about possible future storylines at USA Today; "Gamora and She-Hulk joining forces to make a 'Green Girls Kick (Butt)' team or the insanity of something like Rocket Raccoon and Deadpool gets me so excited it's almost more than I can bear."

Our humble suggestion: Moondragon and literally anyone.

Bendis notes that the series fits into his frankly nefarious scheme to put Guardians in everything; "Part of my uber-plan was to have the Guardians be more a part of the Marvel Universe and not off doing their own thing." In the future everything will be Guardians for fifteen minutes.

Long-time Marvel fans will recall that this sort of ubiquity was once reserved for Wolverine, and more recently Deadpool, but Marvel doesn't have the movie rights to those guys and anyway Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds aren't as cute as Chris Pratt (yeah I said it), so Marvel is going to ride this gravy train all the way to Caviar Mountain! Or at least as far as Audience Fatigue Junction.

The new series joins ongoing titles for Legendary Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Guardians 3000, and the forthcoming Gamora series from original Guardians Of The Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman, plus the main Guardians Of The Galaxy series. Oh, and there's a cartoon in the works, and another movie, and Chris Pratt is doing Jurassic World next year, which has nothing to do with anything but he looks really good in a Henley.




No word yet on a Drax ongoing series, possibly because Marvel hasn't found a writer stiff enough to recreate Dave Bautista's performance from the movie.

The moral of the story is, I was right about Rocket Raccoon.

Guardians Team-Up #1 will be available online and in stores February 2015.

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