'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Nova' as Marvel's cosmic future -- EXCLUSIVE

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The classic appeal of Spider-Man, the hero who starts off like the reader… he’s not an alien orphan or billionaire orphan or magical orphan. There’s a lot of history behind these characters, but Nova and the Guardians aren’t as deeply defined. For you that’s an opportunity, though, right?

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS: There’s something special — and Jeph knows this too — when there’s a character that you’re a true fan of and you get a chance to introduce that character to a lot of people and then [watch as] it becomes their favorite character, too. It’s literally second only to creating a new character. It’s happened to me numerous times, like Luke Cage or Spider-Woman, where I’ll take this character that’s not being used or not being used right and put them in a book the way I would want see them as a reader. When that takes off, it’s the best. And with Guardians, that’s a whole pile of characters I think are super, super cool.

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