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Those who are familiar with CM Punk primarily known him as a former professional wrestler-turned-MMA fighter, but he also is a huge comic book fan. This has resulted in him writing material for several comic book projects, including writing the introduction for the hardcover collection of Avengers vs. X-Men and penning this year’s Thor Annual #1. Now his latest comic book endeavor has him tackling the solo adventures of the Guardians of the Galaxy’s powerhouse member: Drax the Destroyer.
This weekend at the C2E2 comic book convention in Chicago, it was announced that Punk will cowrite an ongoing Drax the Destroyer series that will be released in winter 2015. This will be the green-skinned warrior’s first solo series since his introduction in 1973. Details of Drax are being kept under wraps, but according to Comic Book Resources, Marvel stated that the series will follow Drax from “the intergalactic octagon to the far reaches of outer space.” The identity of Punk’s cowriter is also a secret, as well as the book’s interior artist, though the first issue’s cover will be illustrated by Hulk and Superman artist Ed McGuinness.
The announcement of Drax’s series means that every member of the Guardians of the Galaxy will have their own series by the end of the year. The Legendary Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Groot are currently available, while Gamora will be released later this year. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy book lineup also includes the main series, Guardians Team-Up and the upcoming Guardians of Knowhere. Loosely connected series include Howard the Duck, which was prompted by the character’s post-credits cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy, and Guardians 3000, which follows the original team of Guardians.
With the Guardians’ feature film debut being enormously successful both commercially and critically, it’s no surprise that Marvel wants to capitalize on their success in the comic books, and since his other teammates already have books out/announced, it was only a matter of time before Drax struck out on his own. Fans of the movie who will be checking out Drax should know comic book Drax’s history differs in certain areas from his movie counterpart, and not just in skin color. For instance, while movie Drax is an actual alien, comic book Drax was originally a human whose spirit was put inside a powerful new body after he was killed. However, both versions share the same goal: killing Thanos, who was responsible for killing his family. They also love to fight, and while the book’s plot is still a mystery, you can be sure that the protagonist will be getting into a lot of brawls.
You can find Drax online or at your local comic book store later this year.