TOMMY: CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN
OF THE GALAXY
an EPIC series proposal by
Christopher Golden & Tom Sniegoski
of the Galaxy is a classic Marvel series with classic Marvel
characters. But where once it was superhero adventure in space,
this series would be darker. It's Guardians a la Predator
and Aliens, if you will.
Welcome to the
distant future of the Marvel universe. If readers are familiar
with the history of the Guardians of the Galaxy, great. However,
this series would be designed to be continuity-free. You don’t
ever have to have heard of these characters to enjoy the story.
We’ll tell the readers all they need to know during
the story . . . and here it is:
upon a time, a group of disparate heroes gathered and became
an elite force for justice in the galaxy. Over time, a tenuous
peace was developed in the galactic quadrant, and alien threats
had been defeated, some even destroyed. Seven years ago, the
Guardians of the Galaxy were honored in a ceremony that also
signaled their retirement. They were so effective, they had
made themselves obsolete.
was a long time ago.
forward seven years to NOW. A great deal has changed. It should
be noted that the Shi’Ar, Kree and Skrull etc. are still
out there, but how exactly they would work into the overall
cosmology of this new future is flexible.
has been established amongst the sentient races in the Milky
Way, our quadrant of the galaxy. The union has enemies, of
course, but they are not, themselves, united, and therefore
present no overall threat. All they can usually manage are
minor, random attacks, the equivalent of terrorist attacks
upon the United States in the present day. There are entire
planets and races of those who would destroy this union if
they could. But overall, there is trade and commerce and peace.
But not for long.
with Vance Astro, who is now the leader of a small, exploratory
colony at the farthest reaches of inhabited space. Vance has
returned to what he loves most: the life of a space explorer.
and his team of one hundred and eight have set up a temporary
settlement and have been doing research on the planet for
the last three months. One night, suddenly and viciously,
the settlement is attacked. The attack comes so unexpectedly
that Vance cannot protect his crew. However, the telepathic
Vance manages to send a psychic distress signal out into space,
though fragmented at best, before he is brought down. It will
be quite some time before we learn of his fate.
the other Guardians of the Galaxy?
27 is now owner and operator of his own intergalactic shipping
company. Think of the business as a kind of cosmic FedEx.
He is content with his life, at peace now that the quadrant
is free. He has settled down with his wife and he has a newborn
daughter. Charlie says that he doesn’t miss the old
days of danger and adventure but in fact, deep down he does.
In his spare time, Charlie 27 is refurbishing the Guardians'
old starship, the Freedom’s Lady. As always, he is a
decent man with simple ambitions, quiet and strong. Though
he thinks fondly of his old friends, he does not miss those
days. He was always a soldier by necessity.
is another story entirely. With peace comes prosperity, and
with prosperity, the desire for entertainment and for luxury.
Nikki is one the Milky Way's most popular fashion models.
But celebrity has done little to help her adjust to these
new peaceful times. The lonely life she now leads, and the
horrid, violent memories of her childhood have led Nikki to
become a drug addict. She is volatile, and yet well-loved.
Still the wiseass, the tough chick, the happy girl . . . but
then, so was junkie supermodel Gia Carangi.
of course, is still a warrior. The sage, the monk, the philosopher-soldier.
It is all he knows. Currently, the finned Beta Centaurian
is a combat and weapons trainer for the galactic militia.
When we first see him he is on Mars colony administering a
final exam (physical combat, of course) to the graduating
class. Secretly, Yondu has also become romantically involved
with one of his female recruits. Her name is Erika Killraven,
and she is the descendent of a legendary freedom fighter from
Earth’s past. Even Yondu’s people, before their
slaughter by the Badoon, knew of Killraven’s exploits,
just as they had heard of Alexander and Cleopatra and Napoleon,
among others. Erika has proven herself to be quite the warrior
and Yondu expects that with more experience she could perhaps,
one day, live up to the reputation of her ancestor. Yet he
must reconcile his almost monastic reticence with the passion
he feels within for her.
has gone through the most changes of the group, including
a kind of mutation of his silicon-isotope organic crystal
form. He has allowed his body to mutate so that he could connect
himself to a vast array of communications systems positioned
throughout the Milky Way. Martinex has become extremely paranoid
about the possibility of another invasion from somewhere out
in the galaxy. His body has grown long, crystalline tendrils
that have merged with the communications technology of the
master satellite. Martinex hangs in the center of a vast crystalline
web that radiates from his body. His body has hooked itself
into the central control systems for all the satellites so
that he can listen for the sounds of a possible invasion,
but he is also haunted by the lingering communications of
ages past that still bounce weakly about the stars. He seems
to have really gone over the edge, rambling about the voices
of ghosts he hears throughout the universe. Martinex’s
body is a kind of receiver, picking up signals from all over
– even from civilizations long dead.
Martinex who intercepts the fragmented bit of Vance’s
psychic distress call. This sends him into a complete frenzy,
as he fears the worst. Immediately he contacts the other members
of the Guardians.
on an enormous asteroid at the edge of colonized space, we
meet those responsible for the attack on Vance’s research
team and the object of Martinex’s paranoia. The main
villain of this series is Sa Tome, who believes himself to
be the last Warlord of the Badoon. After several later attempts
to control the Terran system, the Badoon suffered a crushing
defeat at the hands of the Guardians and the combined might
of the Milky Way resistance forces, the surviving Badoon retreated
into deep space where they were hunted down for their crimes
against the galaxy.
The Badoon have become practically extinct.
Sa Tome, however, will not concede this point. He would rather
see his entire species eradicated than accept what has happened
to the once galactic conquerors. Along with a group of Badoon
geneticists, Sa Tome has found a way to breed new Badoon warriors.
The geneticists have found a way -- through genetic manipulation
-- to speed up the evolutionary process and create the ultimate
killing machine. No longer the product of breeding, these
new reptilian soldiers are grown in vast science labs at the
core of their asteroid science base. Sa Tome looks at this
as the dawning of a new day for the Badoon. Humanity will
pay for its arrogance. First among those to suffer will be
the Guardians of the Galaxy, who are legends in the eyes of
both humans and Badoon. And what better way to subjugate the
human race than to destroy their legends?
are these new Badoon warriors, exactly? The Guardians, most
hated enemies of the Badoon, are about to find out.
27 has grown used to his friend’s paranoia, though he
is still horrified to see the changes that Martinex has undergone.
When Martinex tells him about the message from Vance, Charlie
doesn't know what to think, given his old friend's apparent
mental instability. And then it happens. Suddenly and without
any warning, vicious attacks are launched against colonies
around the Milky Way.
Badoon have an impervious carapace that covers the softer
portions of their body. These warriors can fold themselves
up into an armored ball of sorts that is so strong that they
can be launched from orbiting starships. On Jupiter, and all
over the galaxy, the starships seem to be nothing more than
trading ships. The objects they jettison seem like nothing
more than space trash. Instead, they are warriors. The armored
bodies of the new Badoon can survive planet fall, rising up
from impact craters to attack with fearsome abandon.
Way doesn't know what hit it. But Charlie 27 does. He is the
primary target on Jupiter, and he sees his wife die before
his eyes. He barely escapes with his daughter aboard the refurbished
Freedom's Lady, and heads for Mars to find Yondu.
militia training camp is the hardest hit of all the initial
targets. Yondu and Erika Killraven are the only two to survive
the Badoon attack.
Nikki is off on a shoot when word of the attacks comes through.
Through a drug-induced haze, she watches the footage of death
and destruction. Suddenly the transmission is interrupted
and she finds herself looking at the face of Martinex. He
proclaims that the galaxy has need of her again.
A despondent Charlie picks up the others in the Freedom’s
Lady and transports them to Martinex on his communications
satellite. The rejoined Guardians of the Galaxy watch as Martinex
disconnects himself from the crystal communications web. This
is not the Martinex that they all remember. His body has taken
on a far more deadly look, sharp and jagged. He tells all
those assembled that they must first learn the fate of Vance
Astro and then they must deal with this new Badoon threat
before it can again spread like a cancer through the galaxy.
and Erika Killraven are gung-ho enough, but Charlie-27 is
reluctant. He has his daughter to think of, and he’s
tired of war. But when he sees how helpless and lost Nikki
is—despite the persona she seems to put on for them—he
knows he must stay, if only for her.
have not been a team for a long time. Two of their old comrades
are missing, possibly dead, including their most powerful
member. One of them is likely insane, one is a junkie, one
is just plain tired, and the two greatest warriors among them
are distracted by a love affair neither is truly comfortable
with. Now they must face an enemy force made up of warriors
only one of whom can devastate an entire city.
just gets uglier and nastier and -- more importantly -- more
noble from there.
the Guardians of the Galaxy, after all.
They've got work to do.
Christopher Golden can be found here.
Rich Johnston can be found writing
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