Back at C2E2, Marvel Comics announced that they would be bringing in former WWE World Heavyweight Champion and current UFC fighter CM Punk to write Drax the Destroyer’s very first ongoing series. However, we didn’t know who the artist or the co-writer of the book would be at the time. When the House of Ideas unveiled the first wave of the All-New All-Different Marvel line, that’s when we found out that Cullen Bunn would be tag teaming with Punk for Drax’s adventures without the Guardians of the Galaxy. And now fresh off of New York Comic Con, we have finally discovered who will be providing the artwork for the title debuting next month.
Marvel has recently sent out a preview for the upcoming ‘Drax’ #1 that includes the first unlettered pages by Scott Hepburn. Aside from his various cover work for many different companies, Hepburn is probably best known for his ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ book, DC Comics’ ‘Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion’, and the 12-issue maxi-series ‘Orchid’ from Dark Horse. But come November, he will be collaborating with Punk and Bunn on the Destroyer’s new book. You can check out the pages in the gallery below, along with variants by Ed McGuinness, Skottie Young, and Mike Choi:
So what does Drax do when he’s not hanging with the Guardians? He lets his bloodthirsty quest for revenge take the driver’s seat, of course! Determined to find and kill Thanos once and for all, Drax is ready to take on the universe. And nothing is going to stop him – not even crash landing on a dangerous and wild planet. The depths of space might not be enough to contain this much grit, vengeance and all-out action!
I really love that full-page introduction to Drax. He looks super brutal and ready to unload on anyone who gets in his way. I’d also like to point out that Drax’s frowny face somewhat resembles CM Punk’s frowny face. And speaking of Punk, it’s so great that he gets to play with the Thing in this issue. One of his trademarks as he approached the ring was proclaiming, “It’s clobberin time!”, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him include the originator of the catchphrase rattling it off at least once as Ben Grimm fights alongside Drax.
What do you think about this first look at ‘Drax’ #1? Do you like Scott Hepburn’s art so far? And will you be adding this series to your pull list next month? Sound off in the comments.