WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 by Cullen Bunn, Matteo Lolli, Federico Blee and VC's Cory Petit, on sale now.
Ask any fan who the premiere cosmic superhero team in Marvel Universe is, and the overwhelming majority of responses will be the Guardians of the Galaxy. They are currently the stars of their own franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with a revival in the comics as well. However, there is room for more than one team at the galactic superhero table.
Marvel released a teaser for "Who are the Asgardians of the Galaxy" in June, before revealing the new team led by Angela for a secret mission. Asgardians of the Galaxy would launch out of the Infinity Wars event from the creative team of writer Cullen Bunn and artist Matteo Lolli, with the lineup of Angela, Valkyrie and her human host Annabelle Riggs, Skurge the Executioner, Throg, the Asgardian Destroyer armor (being controlled by a mystery character) and Kevin Masterson, aka the son of the original Thunderstrike, Eric Masterson.
With the Guardians tied up in the Infinity Wars event, these Asgardians of the Galaxy are stepping up to stop Nebula, who has obtained an Asgardian weapon powerful enough to make her the new ruler of the galaxy. While all clues initially pointed to this weapon being the "Infinity Armor" displayed in the Infinity Countdown opening scenes, we Infinity Wars #1 revealed it was Nebula's sister, Gamora, underneath the armor as her new identity of Requiem.
The true Asgardian weapon was just one unsolved mystery heading into Asgardians of the Galaxy #1, but another lingering secret was the identity of the person piloting the infamous Destroyer armor. Aside from having Nebula as the central villain, the title's cast all have ties to Asgard, so the character could also have a link to the gods as well. Thankfully, readers weren't forced to wait long for an answer as the final page of Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 disclosed that piece of important information. Of course, the way these reveals usually work is after the cat is out of the bag, it raises all sorts of new questions, which is where the waiting game takes place.
Not only is the person inside the Destroyer a familiar face to Marvel fans old and new, but technically, the character shouldn't exist at all.