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Abnett and Lanning to assemble Marvel’s Annihilators in March [Updated]

Annihilators #1

In the wake of The Thanos Imperative, Marvel will launch Annihilators, a four-issue limited series that teams writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with artists Tan Eng Huat and Timothy Green III.

Debuting in March, Annihilators brings together the Silver Surfer, Beta-Ray Bill, Quasar, Gladiator and Ronan the Accuser — the so-called “Cosmic Avengers” — as they attempt to “fill the void left by the loss of Nova and the Guardians of the Galaxy.” The miniseries is being billed as an ideal jumping-on point for readers unfamiliar with Marvel’s recent cosmic titles.

“We picked the top flight, first class heroes,” Lanning tells Marvel.com. “The wish list; the A-grade, to contrast with the mavericks and misfits of [Guardians of the Galaxy]. This is the anti-Guardians, though their primary role is the same, and they’re essentially the Guardians’ legacy.”

Each double-sized issue will feature a full-length lead story by Abnett, Lanning and Huat, plus a back-up story by DnA and Green: the Rocket Raccoon and Groot adventure that was announced in July at Comic-Con International as a separate four-issue miniseries.

Update: Read the official press release after the break:

Marvel Unleashes The ANNIHILATORS!

The Silver Surfer! Beta-Ray Bill! Gladiator! Quasar! Ronan the Accuser! The greatest heroes of the cosmos join forces this March in the oversized Annihilators #1 (of 4)! Marvel’s space action masters Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, along with Eisner Award winning artist Tan Eng Huat unveil the only team mighty enough to face the Dire Wraiths! With galactic civilization in disarray after The Thanos Imperative, the Annihilators must band together to prevent the sinister shape-shifting horde from destroying the universe itself. Innocent worlds teeter on the precipice of destruction…so it’s time for the best of the best to unite and unleash righteous justice!

“The Annihilators is the cosmic dream team…the biggest hitters forming the most powerful super-team in the known Universe!” said DnA. “Prepare to feel the Cosmos shake!”

Every issue of Annihilators features two full-length stories—that’s over 40 pages of all new content from your favorite Cosmic creators! In the second story, join DnA and artist Timothy Green II as they launch Rocket Raccoon and Groot on an adventure that’ll change their lives forever. In commemoration of this can’t-miss story, this issue also features a variant cover from legendary creator Mike Mignola!

Editor Bill Rosemann added “Take the assembled majesty of Marvel’s most powerful heroes, add on the cult-fave duo of Rocket Raccoon and Groot, pile on a ridiculous amount of writing and artistic talent, and top it all off with cool covers by Alex Garner and the one and only Mike Mignola. That, True Believers, is a recipe for face-melting, brain-frying, pedal-to-the-metal, that’s-why-I-read-comics awesomeness.”

This March you can’t miss Annihilators #1 (of 4)!

ANNIHILATORS #1 (of 4)
Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
Pencils by TANG ENG HUAT & TIMOTHY GREEN II
Cover by ALEX GARNER
Variant Cover by MIKE MIGNOLA
Rated T+…$4.99
ON SALE IN MARCH!

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Great news! For a second I was worried that after The Thanos Imperative, Marvel’s cosmic characters would go away for a while (especially after knowing that DnA were writing Heroes for Hire).

I hope there will be an ongoing after this mini-series.

$4.99?!?!?! I like DnA but Tan Eng Huat is not that great.

For $4.99, it better have at least 5 double-page spreads without dialogue!

Each issue is double sized, Dotgotit; that’s why the price is higher. It was either that or a regular $2.99 or $3.99 priced DnA penned 4 issue mini AND the same for a Groot/Racoon mini, but they’ve combined them.

Considering I would have gotten them separately myself, the 5 buck price tag means a total of $20 spent for 4 double-sized issues, as opposed to $24 to $32 for them if they were 8 separate issues.

you are getting two comics for 5 bucks, stop complaining. Anything written by DnA about the Marvel Cosmic U is worth the price.

It’s not obvious that it’s a double-sized comic. $2.50/book is an almost acceptable price.

yeah, echoing what others have said. For that price, you’re getting nearly FIFTY PAGES of story. THAT, is a good deal.

“It’s not obvious that it’s a double-sized comic.”

If you read the post, then yes, it is obvious.

“Squashua
December 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

“It’s not obvious that it’s a double-sized comic.”

It says in the article:

“Each DOUBLE-SIZED ISSUE will feature a full-length lead story by Abnett, Lanning and Huat, plus a back-up story by DnA and Green: the Rocket Raccoon and Groot adventure that was announced in July at Comic-Con International as a separate four-issue miniseries.”

*sigh* Sounds good, but I wish they could bust out ROM: The Spaceknight if they’re fighting Dire Wraiths. I miss that guy…

Dire Wraiths?? Can ROM Spaceknight be far behind?

Wait, I’m relatively new to Marvel Cosmic (been reading since the Thanos Maxi before Annihilation), what are Dire Wraiths? Do they have any connection to that Wraith character everyone forgot about after Conquest?

@wojr

As far as I know, Marvel still doesn’t own the rights to use ROM Spaceknight, but hey it be one hell of a twist if they did.

@J’onk*

Wraith was helping rebuild the Kree homeworld after the 2nd Annihilation mini, I don’t remember him in anything else afterwards.

Revive The Sentry and this is awesome incarnate.

Tang Eng Huat? Come on, that´s a deal breaker!!! After great pencilers in the cosmic adventures, such as Paul Pelletier, Brad Walker, Andrea Di Vito, Miguel Sepulveda, Marvel chooses this penciler for this assignment doesn´t fit the profile of the quoted artists above. Like others manifested, I´m not buying this due to the penciler, nothing against Huat, I just don´t like his style.´Nuff said

I jumped on the price when I saw the price, ok? Jeez.

For those complaining about Huat, look at this gorgeous page from his pretty beautiful Surfer mini from a year ago.

http://www.comicsbulletin.com/news/images/0709/SilverSurferInThyNamePg03.jpg

when i read the headline i was like “OH HELLS YEAH!!” then i read it was just a mini and i was like “what the Flark!?!?” if ever there should be an ongoing cosmic title…..

BIG COMICS

Neat.

J*onk short Version, ROM was a comic from 1979 to 1986. It/He was a toy licensed by Parker Brothers, just liek Marvel famously did with Transformers/GI Joe with Hasbro

Unlike GI Joe/Transformers, ROM was firmly ingrained in the Marvel Universe, having other marvel guest stars appear in his book a couple of times of year, in fact rick Jones effectively became his sidekick during the run, just like he did with Hulk, Captain America and Captain Marvel

Rom’s enemies were the dire wraiths, a race of magical shape changing aliens (Think Mystical Skrulls)

Rom is still owned by Parker Brothers, who to my knowledge, have done nothing with the property over the last quarter century. Marvel does reference Rom on occasion, buy having him appear in his human form (Marvel is just forbidden to show him as his robot self)

The spaceknights, of which ROM was a part of do appear on occassion , like they did during the Annihilation crossovers. one of which I believe is Rom’s son, who wears armor similar to his father, and calls himself “Liberator”….the spaceknights had thier own 5 issue series I think around 2000-2001

I am so in! I love these guys writing and that cast of characters is saweet!

DIRE WRAITHS?!? Holy cow, I thought these nasty aliens were written off after ROM got cancelled. NICE!!!

Sign me up for this mini…

Peter Morningstar

December 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Sorry but this is just an out and out rip-off from Marvel, but then what do you expect?
I do want to buy Rocket Raccoon & Groot, but no way do i want to buy anything drawn by Tang Eng Huat, i’m sorry, but his artwork is just plain awful, and at times it bears absolutely no relation to the stoyline, try flipping thru any of this guys previous work and then having the slightest idea what the hell the story is about just from his art…you can’t!.
I’m just not going to fork out $20 for 4 issues of crap from this guy, sorry!
So hey, well done Marvel, another sale lost!

Remember folks, If you buy it like its an ongoing, it will become an ongoing.

Give it the sales it needs and they’ll make it ongoing, I promise.

“Tang Eng Huat, i’m sorry, but his artwork is just plain awful, and at times it bears absolutely no relation to the stoyline, try flipping thru any of this guys previous work and then having the slightest idea what the hell the story is about just from his art…you can’t!.”

What in the fuck are you talking about? I just googled a bunch of random pages by the dude and they look cool, so I’m going to assume you’re just craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy.

100% on board!!!! And more art by Timothy Green III is just awesome!

Okay, I’ll pick this up, because two regular booklength stories for 4,99- is a great price these days and because I love Quasar and Beta Ray Bill and DnA’s cosmic Marvel stuff in general, ….. but I absolutely despised Tang Eng Huat’s early work.

I googled some of his later stuff, I admit it looks much better, but he still seems unable to draw a face, that isn’t totally ugly.

For any of you out there who are looking forward to Annihilators in part because of the return of the Dire Wraiths and the Spaceknights of Galador you should check out: http://www.romspaceknightart.blogspot.com

Actually, aren’t the Dire Wraiths the Deviants of the original Skrull home world or something?

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