Guardians of the Galaxy

Travel to Planet Venom with the Guardians of the Galaxy

Brian Michael Bendis explores the never before seen home of the symbiotes with artist Valerio Schiti!

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In all their collective journeys, the Guardians of the Galaxy have visited just about every corner of the Marvel Universe, but beginning this November, they’ll land on a planet never glimpsed before in order to save a teammate.

Starting with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21, writer Brian Michael Bendis welcomes artist Valerio Schiti onboard to explore the “Planet of the Symbiotes,” and go in-depth on the symbiotic costume that debuted 20 years ago during SECRET WARS.

“[This is], I think, our biggest, our most epic storyline,” suggests Bendis. “It’s an amazing storyline for Flash [Thompson aka Venom] because the symbiote means something different in the galaxy than it does on Earth. There [are] a lot of things he never even bothered asking about because how would you even know to ask. [I’m] very excited that we get to add such a major part of the Venom mythos to the story. It also lets us add a big puzzle piece chunk to the Marvel cosmic landscape. These are new players and new ideas.”

The genesis of “Planet of the Symbiotes” came even before Flash Thompson joined the Guardians and took shape once Bendis looked backward into Marvel history to find a significant gap.

“When we were planning the re-launch of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and I had the idea of including somebody from [Earth] on the team, I never in a million years thought I was going to get Iron Man, but [it was] fantastic,” he recalls. “But on the list of characters that were discussed and highly voted on was Venom. [Marvel Publisher Dan] Buckley and [Marvel Chief Creative Officer] Joe [Quesada] and many other people were like, ‘Oh you should do Venom.’ I could see the visual, but I didn’t have a story.

“I sat with it for a few months and I went, ‘Do we ever see the planet? Have we been to the planet where the symbiote came from?’ There’s been a planet where the symbiotes took over but it wasn’t the home planet. I called [Marvel Senior VP – Executive Editor] Tom [Brevoort] and I go, ‘Could it be even during the craziness of the 90’s when Marvel was shipping Venom comics ever five minutes we never got to this story?’ He goes, ‘Never been there.’ And I’m like, ‘Gotta do it then. That’s it. I’m in.’”

      Valerio Schiti, who burst onto the Marvel scene with JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY and most recently illustrated issues of NEW AVENGERS, had quickly become a major artistic force—not to mention one of the All-New Young Guns. Bendis relished the chance to work with this new talent.

      “I did voice about a year ago that I didn’t want to steal him from anybody but if he becomes available, let me know,” says the writer of Schiti. “Not only is he a wonderful draftsman but there are certain things in the storytelling that is stuff that I really like. I had a feeling that we would make a nice team. He became available for this and I was like, ‘Please, yes, thank you.’ I’m very excited to work with him. This guy’s about to rock it.”

      With Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” currently experiencing huge success on the big screen and giving the characters greater visibility than ever, it presents unique opportunities for the comic book to veer off in exciting directions available immediately to new and old readers alike.

      “I’m excited to help as many new readers as we may be getting off of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and [offering] them something they may not be getting in the movies anytime soon,” relays Bendis. “People go, ‘What’s going on in the comics?’ and I go, ‘Venom.’ ‘What?! Show me!’ It’s exciting that we can offer storylines and team-ups you’re not going to get anywhere else but the comics.”

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      9 comments
      xixvii
      xixvii

      i really did come up with this idea about a year ago. glad to see it come to life. i guess great minds do think alike

      Jot_
      Jot_

      Pretty sure they showed the Venom homeworld in the 1996 "Planet of the Symbiotes" series, then in the Rune/Venom crossover, the 2004 Venom series and during the Mac Gargan Venom run. In "Planet of the Symbiotes" it showed a few different worlds they took over and the symbiote's spaceships, stargates and lots of other stuff.

      rj155500
      rj155500 member

      This is cool because Agent Venom is cool, and guardians are cool.  Thunderbolts never really did anything for me, other than being able to laugh at Deadpool.  Get Venom out of that snoozefest and into outer space.  Planet Venom will kick ass! 


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      LintOfDeath
      LintOfDeath

      With the possible exception of the story from the first few issues, "our biggest, our most epic storyline" isn't saying much because the Guardians have frankly done very little throughout this run, especially when you consider the 2008 story in which they were actually GUARDING THE GALAXY. Nowadays they do next to nothing at all - they barely participated in Infinity at all, and that was a galaxy-threatening event.


      Also, the writers and artists seem to have completely forgotten that Flash Thompson was given a new pair of legs in the Superior Spider-Man series.  #15, which prominently featured Captain Marvel along with the words "And now... CAPTAIN MARVEL" didn't even have Captain Marvel in a SINGLE PANEL, not even mentioned by name; that's just offensive. Oh, and the latest issue featured Drax suffocating in space for the first time ever. The 2008 series remains my favorite series of all time, but this Bendis run has become an embarrassment with minimal respect for continuity or for the themes that define the Guardians.

      Jpcowboys
      Jpcowboys member

      When i frist saw venom in Guardians i wasnt real excited i kinda like the grOup as it was (quiil, rocket ,groot,drax,gamora + angela) anD i felt iron man was unneCessary. Since venom has been in a couple issues now its not bad im warming up to the idea. The sTory of planet venom sounds interesting but i dont want to lose angela i realy enjoy her teaming with the guardians

      Bremzie86
      Bremzie86

      Cant wait to see the home world of the Venom symbiote

      SAlexander
      SAlexander

      That was the symbiotes taking over a planet, not the planet the sybiotes are from. If this is in all caps, sorry, it's messed up when i typE.

      Jpcowboys
      Jpcowboys member

      I agree as of late the guardians havent done much HOPEFULLY it gets better , Nice to know i wasnt the only one who was like ok wEre is captain marvel????

      rj155500
      rj155500 member

      @Bremzie86 yeah i can't believe this hasn't been done yet.  very cool.


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