One of the cards will be super rare, so be sure to buy multiple copies of the book, suckers!
Source: Press Release
With DC Comics doing gatefold covers for WTF?! Month and Marvel themselves doing foil covers for Age of Ultron, it was only a matter of time before we saw the return of another nineties staple, the polybagged comic with collectible trading card. Marvel announced today that Guardians of the Galaxy #1, hitting stores in March, will come with Guardians trading cards. The cards will be available only at stores hosting special release parties for the comic, and one of the cards will be ultra rare, giving dumbass readers an incentive to purchase multiple copies of the book to get their hands on it (we assume).
"This is totally different from... oh, screw it. Yeah, we're just doing the nineties again," said Marvel editor in chief Axel Alonso, abandoning all pretense in this candid and fictional quote. "We don't care about the longterm health of the industry. We don't care if this is blatantly transparent. We just want to make piles of money right now, and who cares if the entire market implodes?"
"The fans are stupid," added Alonso, with actual dollar signs appearing in place of his pupils. "They haven't gotten smarter in the last twenty years. They'll fall for this."
Indeed, the ploy is likely to be successful. "I still have all my X-Force #1 trading cards," said Chip Chipperson, a longtime reader from Cincinatti, Ohio. "Oh wait, no I don't. That would be stupid."
"Yes. Yes it would," said this reporter, hastily shoving a handful of X-Force #1 trading cards into his pocket. "Who would keep those things for twenty years? I certainly wouldn't!"
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 by "The Great One" Brian Bendis and "The Late One" Steve McNiven hits stores on March 27th. Harrass your local comic shop into hosting one of these launch parties so you can get your hands on this awesome swag.
Here's the press release:
Head To The Stars With GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trading Cards!
This March, Guardians of the Galaxy #1 launches in style with special limited edition trading cards, ONLY available at select retail shops hosting a launch party! That’s right, one of the biggest launches of the year just got bigger with one of a kind collector’s items! Courtesy of blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis (All New X-Men, Age Of Ultron) and Steve McNiven (Civil War, Old Man Logan), fans are in for the ride of their life as the Guardians of the Galaxy put their lives on the line for the sake of the Marvel Universe. There’s a new rule in the galaxy, and it’s put Earth off limits to any outsiders. But why has Earth become so important? That’s what Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot AND Iron Man are about to discover.
But that’s not all! ONE of these trading cards will not be as readily available as the others. But which one? Well you’ll have to head on over to a local participating retailer to find out!
So what are you waiting for? Go on out and reserve a copy of Guardians of the Galaxy #1 today!
Retailers: Time is running out to participate in a Guardians of the Galaxy Launch Party, please check with your Diamond representitve or the Marvel Mailer for details.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 (JAN130642)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
FOC – 2/18/13, ON SALE 3/27/13