After making his comic book writing debut with February’s ‘Thor Annual’ #1, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion and current UFC fighter Phil “CM Punk” Brooks returns to Marvel Comics with one hell of a tag team partner for his first ongoing series. Like his good friend and former manager Paul Heyman, Punk is hitching his wagon to a bona fide beast. But this isn’t Brock Lesnar. It’s the Destroyer.
CM Punk announced during his C2E2 panel that he would be continuing his run at the House of Ideas this winter as he writes ‘Drax,’ the first ongoing series for the popular Guardian of the Galaxy created by Jim Starlin and Mike Friedrich. A press release from Marvel later cleared up that Punk would be co-writing the series with another writer and an artist to be announced later. It also provided this synopsis to tell us what Drax will be up to during his time away from his team:
What does Drax do when he’s not saving the universe alongside the likes of Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot? DESTROY! Obviously. From inside the intergalactic octagon to the far reaches of outer space – experience the bone-crunching solo adventures of the galaxy’s most fearsome guardian as he makes his way through the Marvel Universe! And demolishes anything and everything in his path!
Along with the synopsis, we get our first look at the cover of issue one from Ed McGuinness that happens to feature some fun Easter eggs. Wrestling fans may recognize Punk’s long-time friend and popular podcaster Colt Cabana in the crowd. Drax is also sporting the letters “BITW” on his shorts. That stands for “Best In The World”, a moniker (and generally truthful claim) used by the Straight Edge Superstar during his time in the WWE. You can check out the cover below:
It’s also interesting to note that Punk is taking on the character played by Dave Bautista in James Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Bautista is also a former WWE champion that dabbled in MMA. Of course, this has no effect on the plot at all. It’s just a fun fact that Drax’s history is now steeped in professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. But it would be cool to see the Destroyer pull out a Batista Bomb or an Anaconda Vice while he’s fighting his way through the Marvel Universe.
With ‘Drax’ hitting shelves later this year, that means that every team member from the Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation of the team stars in his or her very own comic book in addition to their main series, the spin-off ‘Guardians Team-Up’, and ‘Guardians 3000’. But as we wait for the Destroyer to make his way to the ring, let us know what you think about CM Punk’s first ongoing comic book title. Will Marvel score a knockout with this pairing? Who do you hope Drax will destroy in the intergalactic octagon? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments.