The majority of Marvel’s classic cosmic tales were penned by Jim Starlin so it should be no surprise that we’re excited that he is planning to team up with Alan Davis to deliver ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Mother Entropy’ into our hands! This five-part miniseries will not only bring back some classic cosmic villains but an entirely new one that will be thrown into the mix as well and unlike many of marvel’s announcements, Starlin is happy to share details with us on what to expect.
Honestly, May can’t come soon enough! I probably shouldn’t have to point out that this is also when ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘ is set to hit the big screen which means that we’ll be getting twice as much Guardian action!
I’m sure the timing on this was purely coincidental but as a fan of the franchise, I’ll happily buy into the timing of these two releases.
When talking about everyone’s current favorite space heroes Starlin says what he loves best about the lineup and I believe the answer is one that we can all appreciate:
“What do I like best about the new Guardians? That’s easy: Groot. To tell the truth, I wasn’t a big fan of the original Guardians. Didn’t dislike them, just didn’t care one way or the other about them. I was out of comics during the time [Marvel] rebooted the title and, so, only became aware of the revised group once the movie was announced. Then I went back to catch up on the changes and was more than pleasantly surprised by what I discovered.”
Wanting to mix things up from his past works, Starlin didn’t want his usual big bad front and center int his one. Combining a lack of Thanos with the current run getting ready to come to a close pushed this mini-series into creation:
“The MOTHER ENTROPY series came about in a strange sort of way. I’d finished writing the last of the Thanos graphic novel trilogy and wasn’t sure I was going to do any more Thanos stories. But an unexpected hole appeared in my schedule and [editor] Tom Brevoort suggested writing a different kind of Guardians story.
Apparently, the regular on-going Guardians series was coming to an end, and Tom decided to do a bit of experimenting. My instructions were to come up with a Guardians story that could be read by fans of the movie Guardians or the Marvel Comics Guardians. So I jettisoned Gamora’s armor—always envisioned her more ninja than storm trooper—and changed a few other little things here and there. Alan did the same in the drawing—when did Star-Lord grow a van dyke?—and MOTHER ENTROPY came to be.”
Just because there is a new villain isn’t to say that Thanos won’t be making an appearance at all:
“Thanos’ role in this tale is very peripheral, determined more by his relationship with Drax and Gamora than by any personal motivation.”
What can Starlin tell us about Mother Entropy as the new villain for our heroes?
“From Mother Entropy’s perspective, she’d say her chief motivation is love. All she wants is for everyone to get together and be one big harmonious family. Of course most would disagree with what Ma Entropy sees as a harmonious family. The Guardians certainly do. Why does she test folks? She wants the best to lead her family within our reality, of course. But, again, her definition of “best” is open to debate.”
There also is one fun fan-favorite returning which hasn’t had a large presence as of late. The character in question is one of the characters that Peter Dinklage is rumored to play in the upcoming film, so if that proves to be true it would be the perfect time to introduce him on page again:
“Always fun revisiting Pip, like hanging out with an ol’ degenerate friend you know you should be avoiding but don’t. My original idea for the story involved a switch around, which required an even number of characters, so Pip was enlisted to round the cast off to a half-dozen. Kind of surprised Pip didn’t have more contact with the Guardians over the years. They seem like such a natural fit for each other.”
Honestly, I’m stoked to see Starlin back at it once again. While it’s sad that he isn’t telling us another Thanos story, I do love it when a writer branches out to give us something new. There is a lot that Marvel can explore with a new potential cosmic villain, especially one who thinks that they’re doing good.
Are you looking forward to ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy: Mother Entropy’? Does Starlin have another hit on his hands for Marvel’s cosmic universe? Share your thoughts below True Believers!
Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!