It turns out the variants and die-cut covers were only the beginning of the '90s nostalgia: Now come the trading cards.
Marvel announced this morning that it will celebrate the release next month of Guardians of the Galaxy #1 with a series of six limited-edition trading cards available only at those retailers hosting launch parties for the new title by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven.
However, one of the cards will be even more limited than the others. To learn which one -- Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Iron Man -- the publisher is pointing fans to their participating local store.
"We've found a way to bring the cosmic elements of the Marvel Universe to the center of the playing field," Bendis teased last month. "Here's a wide-open, brand new #1 that starts these characters on the most reader-friendly place you could ever hope to have them without taking away anything that made them special in the first place." The writer and Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso talked more about the series in CBR's latest "Axel in Charge."
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 goes on sale March 27.