|Guardians of the Galaxy #1 variant cover by Milo Manara|
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 three of our series, we look at Gamora. The only survivor of an entire alien race, Gamora’s training as an assassin under Thanos’ tutelage serves her well against threats across the galaxy.
Marvel.com: Gamora’s the only female on the team. Does she have to work harder?
Brian Michael Bendis: No. She is trained to be the most dangerous woman in the universe. What she’s dealing with is that the galaxy hates her father [Thanos]. So they think that she has to answer for it. She’s part of a legacy that she has nothing to do with. She’s trained to be this thing that she does not want to be. What I really like about her is the fact that choosing a path other than the one she was destined or chosen for, is a very noble and very interesting thing. She’s on a righteous path but it’s a very difficult one and probably the most difficult one. It’s like being born as Hitler. She’s not in a good place as far as the galaxy’s concerned.
Marvel.com: As an assassin she’s that good?
|Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1 preview art by Steve McNiven|
Brian Michael Bendis: I think she’s the most dangerous person on the team, the best fighter on the team. She’s the most accomplished and with that comes a lot of struggle. If you look at her and Peter [Star-Lord] and think what could possibly be the connection between the two? It’s the fact that they both have a-holes for fathers. That’s what they’re both dealing with. It’s a big thing. That’s what is holding this together.
Marvel.com: She’s been traveling around for a while—does that experience benefit the Guardians as a team?
Brian Michael Bendis: Yeah. She knows more than the rest of them. She’s been trained mind, body, and soul. She knows how things work.
Marvel.com: Gamora was once romantically connected with Adam Warlock; will that come up in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY?
Brian Michael Bendis: Yes. Later down the line. We’re not there yet. We have other things to do, but absolutely. I am stunned that I have been at Marvel this long and have not typed the words Adam Warlock. It’s stunning to me. I’ve never typed the words “Adam Warlock.” I can’t believe it.
Tomorrow, Brian talks Groot and Rocket Raccoon, and this March, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY begins!