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Marvel NOW! Hear This: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy by Arthur Adams

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Brian Michael Bendis knows this better than anyone after opening and closing his fair share of comic series over the years. His latest soon-to-end run will kick off with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #15 in a story called “Grounded” this December.

Thanks to a call for help from Captain Marvel, the Guardians traveled to Earth in an effort to help out, but with the Civil War II conflict coming to an end, they’re left with a problem: they’ve got no way off this green and blue rock. Luckily for the various members, they have new ongoing series ready to launch, but before the squad goes their separate ways, Bendis and artist Valerio Schiti plan on giving them an appropriately epic sendoff.

We talked with Bendis about his plans for going out in style.

Marvel.com: With Civil War II coming to a close, how do the Guardians feels about getting involved in this conflict?

Brian Michael Bendis: Conflicted. Like everyone else in the Marvel Universe. Sides are drawn. Everyone came back to Earth as a favor to Carol, but when they got here they were faced with the moral choice. Some, like Peter, see Carol’s hard choices as big truths that need to happen and others see Tony’s side totally.

And in the battle they lost their ship and now have no way home. Yes, there are spaceships on Earth—at least three—but they aren’t for sale and nowhere near as advanced as the one Rocket put together for them.

Marvel.com: What does being stuck on Earth mean for the Guardians themselves? I'm guessing some won’t take kindly to be being in just one place for a long period of time.

Brian Michael Bendis: Some get to go have their favorite pizza and reunite with old friends and maybe even call it a night for their Guardians tour of duty. Peter gets to see what life would be like as an Earthbound super hero. Kitty gets to go find the X-Men…

And then there is Rocket and Groot. That is an entirely different story.

Marvel.com: On the other hand, the readers might enjoy seeing these space-bound characters interacting with a few familiar faces. Were there some specific characters you’d been just waiting to meet the Guardians?

Brian Michael Bendis: Yes. I do want those to be a page turn surprise so you’ll pardon my vagueness, but it does give us a lot of “Star Trek IV” stuck-on-Earth-fun. They are almost all fish out of water and those who aren’t, like Venom, have changed so much from their travels that it’s a whole new world to them.

Marvel.com: This arc will also lead into solo ongoing series for the members of the team. What has the communication been like between you and the writers of those books?

Brian Michael Bendis: This is where Jordan [White] and the other editors shine. Other than the friendship-ending disagreements between me, Chip [Zdarsky] and Kris Anka over Peter Quill’s facial hair, the writers seem to get a big kick out of classic fish out of water stories for their characters.

When you’re writing a team book and a franchise book part of the fun is throwing out ideas and story concepts for other writers to pick up and play with if they see fit.

Marvel.com: How do you feel about the place you’ll be leaving these characters with this last arc after shepherding them along for several years?

Brian Michael Bendis: Well, even though we are ending most of the last arc on Earth we are still leaving big. Big! First of all, as some readers already know, Thanos is on Earth. When Gamora and Drax get ahold of this information all hell is going to break loose. We have an issue about Groot that is all told in a style that is a big tip of the cat hat to Dr. Seuss, one of those ideas that is much harder to pull off than you might think.

And a big triple or quadruple sized 100-page big finale that is going to wrap up my very long, longest actually, run on Guardians. A lot is going to happen.

All this plus, Ben Grimm comes back home; we discover why he went out to space in the first place and why he is going to stay on Earth. It ties right into INFAMOUS IRON MAN.

Witness the beginning of the end of Brian Michael Bendis’ run on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY starting with #15 drawn by Valerio Schiti in December!

Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #15 variant cover by Mahmud AsrarGuardians of the Galaxy (2015) #15 cover by Arthur Adams

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Women of Power Coming to Marvel Pinball

Marvel's Women of Power in Marvel Pinball

Zen Studios, developer of hit digital pinball titles, has revealed their latest entry to the storied Marvel Pinball franchise: Marvel’s Women of Power! Coming to Zen’s pinball platforms on September 27, Marvel’s Women of Power pack brings together the mightiest female Super Heroes and Super Villains in the Marvel Universe in two amazing new tables.

Combining a plethora of stellar Super Hero ladies from the Marvel Universe, the Marvel’s Women of Power two-pack combines two tables starring Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, Squirrel Girl, and more! Wage an epic battle in an alternate Soviet-dominated reality in the A-Force table, featuring an all-new storyline where the destruction of a Cosmic Cube has formed a Soviet-controlled alternate reality. Keep the Cosmic Cube balls alive in the table’s Wizard Mode by directly controlling Black Widow and Madame Masque!

In the Champions table, defeat Bombshell with Ms. Marvel in an original storyline where players must help Kamala Khan and her friends as they take on Bombshell following a daring bank robbery. Utilize Squirrel Girl’s “squirrel army” to search for the criminal’s tracks and Spider-Gwen’s webbing to incapacitate your enemies on this exciting table!

Marvel’s Women of Power two-pack will be released on consoles, PC and mobile platforms on September 27, 2016. For more information on Marvel’s Women of Power tables as well as other titles from Zen Studios, please visit blog.zenstudios.com.
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Marvel NOW! Hear This: Hulk

Hulk by Jeff Dekal

The upcoming HULK #1 hitting in December will see Jennifer Walters—usually known as She-Hulk—dealing with some pretty heavy stuff.

Jen barely made it through the events of Civil War II, but the loss and pain of recent events remain with her. Will this trigger the thing she’s afraid of, the thing she doesn’t have control over?

We asked writer Mariko Tamaki about what we can expect.

Marvel.com: Jen almost died as a result of decisions Carol Danvers. And Hawkeye killed her cousin as a result of one of Ulysses’ visions. How will this affect these relationships? Can Jen forgive Carol?

Mariko Tamaki: I don’t think you live through the sequence of events these characters have experienced and not have some damage to the relationship, so it makes sense that Carol and Jen’s relationship will change. I think they’ve both become accustomed to going through extraordinary things, but death has a tendency to transcend even the extraordinary.

Marvel.com: Jen has always believed in the power of justice, and the rule of law. Yet Hawkeye, who killed Bruce, is let go. This seems like it could really challenge some of her core beliefs. How will this impact her?

Mariko Tamaki: I’ve been thinking a lot about what that means, to lose the ground from beneath you. I think the thing is, once something like this happens, something you never imagined even after you’ve hung out a lot in the realm of the unimaginable, it can make everything seem unstable, precarious. In those cases, even though it might not seem logical, you reach out and grab for something you think you can depend on. You set boundaries for yourself, rules and limits, and you try to build up a world around you that makes sense.

Marvel.com: In some ways, Jen maybe should have sided with Tony Stark all along. She believes in giving everyone a fair trial, and has defended unpopular people. This doesn't always mesh with predictive justice. Do you think the recent developments will cause her to reassess? 

Mariko Tamaki: I don’t see Jen as someone who would easily put complete faith in one person’s vision of the future. No matter how compelling that vision. I don’t think Jen is reassessing her view of the legal system at the moment, so much as she’s trying feel as close to normal as possible.

Marvel.com: It seems like recent events have started to awaken her anger. How will she deal with it?

Mariko Tamaki: Everyone has their own approach to trauma and tragedy. I think there are those who want to dive into it, get in people’s faces about it, find something that feels like the truth. And there are people who have the opposite reaction, who want to get as far away from the pain and the past as possible. For now, Jen chooses Plan B.

Marvel.com: How will these events impact the way she approaches being a super hero?

Mariko Tamaki: I don’t think Jen feels like acting as a super hero right at this moment. Instead, she wants to bury herself in her work as a lawyer.

Marvel.com: Can you tell us a little about some of the conflicts she’ll face?

Mariko Tamaki: Without giving too much away, Jen will go back to work, with the goal of doing her best to help out her fellow heroes. She’ll also have to deal with some pretty big demons. And she’s not alone.

Marvel.com: Is there anything else you can tease about the book?

Mariko Tamaki: I can tell you that I’ve been chatting with artist Nico Leon recently, and getting really giddy about this book. I can tell you that my Evernote notebook with my reference materials for this book both terrifies me and makes me smile every time I look at it.

A new breed of HULK smashes down this December from Mariko Tamaki and Nico Leon!

Hulk (2016) #1 cover by Jeff Dekal

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DC All Access: Win a Steam Download of Batman – The Telltale Series

DC All Access: Win a Steam Download of Batman - The Telltale Series Batman may make things look easy, but that doesn't mean they actually are. At least not in Batman - The Telltale Series, the exciting new game that puts you in the boots of ...

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