Marvel adds Rocket Raccoon, Drax, more to Guardians of the Galaxy line-up

interlocking covers of Guardians of the Galaxy #12, 13, and 14
(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Marvel Comics is teasing more new additions to the line-up of its Guardians of the Galaxy as the title enters Marvel's so-called 'New Age of Space,' following the announcement of a new direction and roster in the publisher's April solicitations.

Following the initial roster reveal of Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Nova, Wiccan, and Hulkling, Marvel has added Phyla-Vell, Moondragon, Marvel Boy, Rocket Raccoon, and Drax to the new, more 'super-heroic' Guardians line-up with the reveal of the covers of May 12's Guardians of the Galaxy #13 and June 23's #14, which form a triptych with the previously released cover of April 14's Guardians #12.

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

The title's new direction, which includes new uniforms that evoke the Abnett/Lanning era of the Guardians, appears to incorporate many of the major team members from across the Guardians' modern history, dating back to 2008.

That said, there's room for the new team's roster to go even further back, perhaps even to the team's Bronze Age origins as a totally different group of heroes from one potential future of the Marvel Universe. 

Judging by the silhouettes shown in the connected covers, it looks like at least one new member will join the team in the form of Super Skrull.

Marvel promises more information on Wednesday, February 10, and Thursday, February 11.

Stay tuned to Newsarama for Marvel's full May 2021 solicitations, coming later this month.

Original story follows

For the past few months, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy has been counting down to… something… and now we know what that something is. Actual superheroing.

(Image credit: Ron Lim (Marvel Comics))

As revealed in the just-released Marvel Comics April 2021 solicitations, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy are going full-superhero with new costumes, new headquarters, a new enemy, and a new line-up.

"A New Age of Space starts here! They were soldiers, misfits, mercenaries, thieves, and a family. They were heroes… but times have changed. The galaxy no longer needs heroes. It needs superheroes!" reads Marvel's solicitation of Guardians of the Galaxy #13. "Now, when the call goes forth – whether it’s from a stranded team of planetary explorers or Emperor Hulkling and his Kree/Skrull Alliance – the Guardians of the Galaxy answer!

(Image credit: Brett Booth (Marvel Comics))

"The New Age of Space brings a new artist! New headquarters! New costumes! New teammates! And an all-new enemy you’ll have to see to believe! Get on board, true believer – it’s going to be the ride of your life!"

First up, the costumes - from the cover shown, they're all wearing some Star-Lord-esque jackets that make this Marvel fan daydream of the '90s 'leather jacket' Avengers era. The new uniforms evoke the red and blue Guardians uniforms of the post-Annihilation Guardians of the Galaxy, the era that brought Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket, and more to the team.

As for headquarters, Marvel's keeping that secret for now.

On the line-up side, Brett Booth's primary cover to April's Guardians of the Galaxy #13 shows a slimmed-down six-person roster consisting of Nova, Star-Lord, Gamora, Wiccan, Emperor Hulking, and Groot. 

(Image credit: Junggeun Yoon (Marvel Comics))

The variants open it up a bit more with some familiar faces, but absent in all of those is recent member Marvel Boy. Marvel hasn't confirmed the finalist roster, but you can kind of see the shape of what's coming.

On the villain side, that too is secret, with Marvel simply teasing "you'll have to see to believe!"

"Guardians of the Galaxy, both the book and the team, are going to be stepping up a gear in 2021," Ewing says in the announcement. "With villains the team have never faced, guest stars you never thought you'd see, and a new teammate you can't even begin to believe - all coming together for a crisis that'll shake every planet in the Marvel universe down to the bedrock... maybe even a backwater planet like Earth."

One thing you won't have to wait and see on is the series artist. Marvel has announced that Ghost Rider artist Juan Frigeri is taking over for Juan Cabal, who drew the first 12 issues. Series writer Al Ewing is staying on-board for the time being.

For an idea of who could be Guardians of the Galaxy's new big bad, let's revisit the usual suspects - the best Marvel cosmic villains of all time.

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)