Two year ago, basically no one outside of diehard comics fans knew who the Guardians of the Galaxy were. Flash forward to now, each member of the movie’s team is starring in their own comic book series, including Drax.

Announced at C2E2 over the weekend, Drax will be the character’s first ever standalone series since the character was introduced in 1973, and sees the Destroyer spend his downtime from fighting alongside the Guardians to go on personal battles across the galaxy to prove that he’s the greatest fighter in the Marvel Cosmic.

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The series is also a first for its writer, former wrestler/upcoming UFC fighter CM Punk — Punk has written several one-off comic stories before, including a story in Thor Annual #1 and Vertigo’s Strange Sports Stories, but Drax will be his first attempt at writing an ongoing comic book series. Details other than that are scarce — neither Punk’s co-writer or the artist for the series have been revealed yet, other than the fact that Ed McGuinness has drawn the cover for the first issue. Check it out in full:

As I mentioned earlier, the release of Drax means that each Guardian from the movie now has their own ongoing comic series:

  • Legendary Star-Lord (in which Peter Quill has even adopted his movie costume)
  • Rocket Raccoon
  • Groot
  • The upcoming Gamora series written by Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel screenwriter Nicole Perlman

Not bad for a cast of characters the mainstream public had no idea existed just a few years ago, eh? Drax #1 will launch later this winter.

[via Comic Book Resources]