Guarding the Galaxy

Guarding the Galaxy: Drax

Brian Michael Bendis tells us why the Destroyer lives up to his name!

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 cover by Steve McNiven

By Jim Beard

In the new, ongoing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY series, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Steve McNiven introduce a team of unlikely heroes who not only protect our solar system but the entirety of outer space.

To say the Guardians’ work’s cut out for them would be an understatement.

So what kind of person willingly tackles such a titanic task? What stripe of hero can rise to the challenge of a job that dwarfs that of the Avengers’ defense of the Earth alone? In anticipation of the release of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1, out March 27, we asked Bendis to define the characteristics of each member of the team and illuminate within them what it takes to be a Guardian.

In part two of our series, we look at Drax the Destroyer. Arthur Douglas’s spirit found a home in a powerful alien body after an attack by the galactic villain Thanos killed his human body. Drax joined the Guardians of the Galaxy at the request of its leader, Star-Lord and fights alongside them in hopes of having his revenge on the Mad Titan.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk about Drax. What makes him worthy to be on the Guardians of the Galaxy team?

Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1 preview art by Steve McNiven

Brian Michael Bendis: He’s a noble warrior but people see him and only see the Hulk angle to him. There’s a lot more to him than that. With that comes this huge reputation of being “Drax the Destroyer,” one of the Guardians of the Galaxy and one of the most bad-ass bad-asses. Some of these stories about him aren’t even true. Everywhere he goes, someone challenges him like Clint Eastwood in “Unforgiven.” He can’t have a quiet moment because someone will try and make their name off of him.

He’s one of a kind, he’s also got a connection to the Earth, and he’s very loyal. He’s very loyal to Peter Quill [Star-Lord]. They’ve been through a lot together. He’s struggling with a lot of stuff. He’s also struggling with not being as powerful as everyone thinks he is. He ends up taking a big beating a lot. A lot of people joke about Wolverine who, out of all the Marvel characters, seems to always be getting stuff cut off because he knows it will grow back. He should probably be more careful. [Laughs]

[It’s] the same thing with Drax. He’s putting himself in these situations where he’s getting beaten and it’s starting to take a toll. He’s very loyal and very right-minded. He knows what the right thing is and will fight those who will not do it. He takes offense to it. Those are noble things.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 preview pencils by Steve McNiven

Marvel.com: You use the word “noble” to describe him; the word “guardian” can denote a certain amount of caring. Does Drax care about the galaxy?

Brian Michael Bendis: He does. What he cares about is that he, like Gamora, was bored, for lack of a better word. He was created into this identity of Drax and is looking at a life that needs to be spent worthwhile. He used to just be a destroyer and beat the [expletive deleted] out of everybody but instead he’s been more internal. He has more a warrior’s heart, he wants to do the right thing and make sure that everyone around him is doing the right thing too. He has an anger to it. It’s like he’s morality.

Marvel.com: So he has some anger issues? This is the Drax that we all know and love?

Brian Michael Bendis: Oh yeah. He has very little patience for other people’s bull or silliness or being the dumb guy. He doesn’t have any patience for it and he has to deal with Peter who, 90% of the time, is doing the right thing but has a heart of silliness about it. He’s got to deal with that.

Tomorrow, Brian talks Gamora, and this March, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY begins!

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