The Guardians of the Galaxy finally escape Earth in first look at relaunched comic run

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Jan 12, 2017, 11:15 AM EST

The Guardians of the Galaxy are currently stuck on Earth, but Marvel Comics' flagship space heroes will soon be heading back into space. Want a peek at their return to the stars?

Marvel has announced the creative team of Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Uncanny Avengers) and Aaron Kuder (Death of X) will be taking over the Guardians franchise this May, with a story arc that will see the team returning to the stars. If you'll remember, the Guardians were stranded on Earth after their ship was destroyed during Civil War II (for more on the fallout from that, check out Chip Zdarsky's excellent Star-Lord comic run).

"Gerry and Aaron have been working on this puppy in secret for months, and they've cooked up a series that will be the spine of the Marvel cosmic universe while still being rooted in the great Guardians characters we love. And maybe even a surprise addition to the team eventually, too," series editor Jordan D. White said in a statement.

As for the line-up, Marvel teases the core cast of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Racoon and Groot will finally be reunited (they're currently at odds over the whole being-stuck-on-Earth thing). Turns out, a lot will have changed in the meantime — most notably, Drax has become a pacifist and Groot isn't regenerating like he should. And their new adversary? The Elders of the Universe. Yeah, no pressure, right?

What's your take on the new-look (old-look) Guardians? No Kitty Pryde, no Agent Venom, and no Thing? Will you miss the recent additions to the crew?