Starting in Guardians of the Galaxy #21, "The Great One" Brian Bendis and new series artist Valerio Schiti will bring the titular Guardians to "The Planet of the Symbiotes," or "Planet Venom," for a three issue story arc. The news was reported EXCLUSIVELY by Alex "Spell my name right" Zalben over at MTV News, but we're gonna pass on making fun of exclusives because we're just happy to see our old MTV Geek blogger buddy getting some major scoops. According to Zalben's article, he talked to "The Great One" on the phone, and while the two were laying face down on their twin beds in their pajamas, kicking their legs in the air and twirling the phone cords with their fingers, Bendis told Zalben, "At least for now, the legality of copyright and trademark would make certain storylines impossible in the movies. I like doing it for the comics!"
It is unclear at this time how Bendis will accomplish an entire storyline in only three issues, as that's normally how long his decompressed style takes to show two characters having a snarky breakfast conversation, but Bendis's GotG run has been pretty great so far, so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Surprisingly, this is the first time the story of the Venom symbiote's home planet has been told, as Bendis dished to Zalben on the horn: "I called [Portly Marvel Senior Vice President Of Publishing and Cheesesteaks with Extra Wiz] Tom Brevoort, I go, could it be that even in the craziness of the ’90s when it was Venom, Venom, Venom every five seconds, that this story has not been told? And he goes, yeah we’ve never been there. And I’m like, now I have to do it! It’s crazy."
Like, OMG. That is crazy! Check out the interview for more interesting stuff from Bendis, including his thoughts on Japanese racism. Guardians of the Galaxy #21 hits stores, we think, in December.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A)
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
• As the Guardians of the Galaxy encounter an entire world full of alien symbiotes, they ask themselves…was allowing Flash Thompson to join their ranks a wise decision?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99