Marvel Hints at 'Very Cool' (and Space-y) Future for Starjammers & Imperial Guard

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(Image credit: Stuart Immonen/Wade Von Grawbadger/Marte Gracia (Marvel Comics))

C.B. Cebulski, Marvel Editor-in-Chief. (Image credit: Marvel Entertainment)

Marvel Comics X-Men line is in the midst of a rejuvenation similiar to their cosmic line a few years ago with "Guardians of the Galaxy" - now it appears the X-Men will be forming a beachhead on the cosmic side of things as well, which may mean big things for the Starjammers and the Shi'ar Imperial Guard.

For the uninitiated, the Starjammers are a team of space pirates led by Corsair - the father of founding X-Men Cyclops. The Imperial Guard, meanwhile, aren't the Stormtroopers you'd expect. Rather, they're the elite warriors of the Shi'ar - an ancient race of bird-like humanoids. Got it? Okay, here we go.

Asked by Newsarama in a recent interview to name his favorite Marvel character or team that hasn't been appearing in any titles lately, Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski named those two groups.

A Starjammers cover. The super group is launching back into Marvel's universe soon. (Image credit: Carlos Pacheco/Cam Smith (Marvel Comics))

"I'll say Starjammers, even though Corsair is on the cover to October's X-Men #1 with Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Yu," Cebulski replied. "He's a part of that book, but there's some things out there that will be very cool for the cosmic side of the X-Men, as well as the Imperial Guard. We haven't touched on those two groups yet, but someday..."

The Imperial Guard has appeared in Hickman's Marvel work on several occasions - including the introduction of an all-new Smasher during his Avengers run.

Look for Cebulski's full interview here at Newsarama later this month.

Originally published on Newsarama

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Chris Arrant
Newsarama Senior Editor

Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for sister site Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News and CBR. He is the author of the book "Modern Masters: Cliff Chiang," co-authored "Art of Spider-Man Classic," and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology "Pros and (Comic) Cons." He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)