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There’s a thing readers should understand with this book: we’re not doing business in the normal way. There will be no tie-ins until we get back to Earth. We’re self-contained, telling our own story, beholden to nobody, and we’re on a trip out to the far reaches of Marvel Space, and we’re going to come back changed, and carrying something very special with us. -- Al Ewing

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I’m aware I’m on thin ice with Brian’s fans, but it wouldn’t be Brian Braddock for me if he didn’t occasionally get peevish at the ongoing madness of the world of capes. - Al Ewing

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What is it like, inside The Colon? In the hot, cramped confines of The Colon? How did Rocket end up in The Colon? Some would say that, in a real sense, Rocket entered The Colon the moment I began work on the character. Anyway, to answer your question: The Colon is a dark place, where the squeeze is on and something somewhere stinks. There’s a network of tough guys there—a ring of muscle, if you will—and Rocket has to navigate the twists and turns of The Colon in order to escape through the rear exit. It’s very much a bum note in his life. Anyway, it’s named after the punctuation mark, clearly. -- Al Ewing

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USAvengers abroad is gonna be so much fun. It's by Al Ewing and Paco Medina, so you don't need me to tell you it's good. -- Nick Spencer

How the team will make it through [Secret Empire] – they won’t, not in their current form. If they did, it wouldn’t be much of an arc, because there’d be no consequences. So not all the team members who come out of this particular crucible are going to be exactly the same as when they went in. And they might not all come out! Cannonball, for example, is a hundred per cent dead. I would never lie about something like that to promote a surprise reveal where he turns out to actually be alive. Never. And I would also never lie about lying about that, or lie about lying about lying about that, so I hope anyone reading this knows exactly how trustworthy I am when it comes to Cannonball’s unfortunate, and definite, death. -- Al Ewing

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If I told you ‘Anyone could die, honest!’... well, you wouldn't believe me. It'd be just more high stakes, like in every issue of every cape comic ever. But if I tell you that someone will die, that it's prophesied, baked in, suddenly there really are high stakes. One of these people is going to go to the far shore and not come back. And you're going to fall in love with all of these characters, so it's going to matter when it happens. -- Al Ewing

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8 is what might end up being the final conflict between Ego and Galactus – you’ll see how that plays out when it drops, but I think it might be the last go-round on that score for at least a few years, and as is my wont, I try to leave Ego in a better place than I found him. -- Al Ewing

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I’m of the opinion that there’s no such thing as a “D-list” character. Every character in a shared universe has something about them that’s cool, or interesting, or worthy of re-examination, which is why my team books so far have tended to feature the less-hyped heroes. So it’s not so much that I want to turn them into something different – the idea is to find something about them that makes me want to tell stories about them, and bring it out. And every character has that something – there’s really no such thing as a bad character in a superhero universe. -- Al Ewing

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I wanted to create a myth from the future, a quest to find answers and meaning in the face of extinction. In some ways, this is similar to my run on [Loki: Agent of Asgard], the thing that'll let me explore ideas of myth and metaphor, that'll allow me to play around on a grand tapestry. And the further out I get, the bigger I can go. I want to take this book to a place where Marvel-Earth -- the Marvel Galaxy -- isn't even a speck in the sky. -- Al Ewing

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There’s this weird double standard the alien races have for Earth, which seems to be caused by a clash of pop culture tropes and metaphors. So on the one hand, Earth is seen as a bit backward and unevolved, but on the other hand, they’re really dangerous and sooner or later someone should get around to blowing Earth up before these humans do something too crazy. -- Al Ewing

The Ultimates vs. Hydra's planetary shield )
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Roberto has no idea how tough things are about to get — he’s a master of long-term planning, but in Steve Rogers’ Hydra agent, he’s almost definitely met his match in that department, and the wheels the evil Cap has set in motion could end up crushing A.I.M. in their path. So when things get really bad for him — and for the world — a little hope and caring might just go a long way. Not to mention that helping other people, and letting other people help you, is just good policy for life in general if you can do it. -- Al Ewing

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It’s definitely on my mind as I write him – the idea that he had an entirely different life, long ago, that he doesn’t like to talk about. The Mantlo/Mignola/Gordon “Rocket Raccoon” limited series got reprinted in one of the Marvel UK comics of my childhood, so I do have some rosy, cosy memories of it. He was pretty much a totally different person back then – and from what I recall, a much less troubled one. Occasionally, bits and pieces of that old life will surface – someone will get past his defenses by reminding him of the old days, or he’ll have retained a piece of kit from his time as Ranger Rocket – but to remember is painful. It’s a very noir trope – the old, good time that the hero lost and can never get back. The long-buried sadness. -- Al Ewing

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In our ongoing exploration of what makes an "important" comic that "matters", this issue features THE HISTORY OF EVERYTHING! And PSI-HAWK! -- Al Ewing

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They don't fit into the boxes. They're not heroes - they've done some awful things - and at the same time, they're not villains. They're not aliens, but they're not part of human society either - although thanks to the NuHumans, any part of human society can be part of them. They're their own complicated thing, unique and weird, a little piece of pure sci-fi with a toe-hold in standard superheroics. -- Al Ewing

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Do you want some more MCU-style Guardians of the Galaxy tales starring Rocket Raccoon doing heists written by Al Ewing and featuring a classic Marvel UK villain team? Of course you do.

And speaking of the UK, let's start with a Hitchhiker's Guide reference )
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"The Inhumans take a good look at their past - and choose to embrace the future instead! Wild fantasy as you like it, true believer!" -- Al Ewing on March 29

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