When Earth’s environment collapsed, an American astronaut, Vance Astrovik (Vance Astro), embarked upon the first manned space flight to another star system. Also, in the 90’s, Bionic Wars ignited among the growing cybernetic population of Earth, culminating in a nuclear attack on western Canada. In 1995, the Confederation of Nations was established, uniting mankind in a global society. However, anti-mutant prejudice remained strong, prompting Earth’s mutants to relocate to Jupiter’s moon of Europa.
The most significant moment occurred in 2001, when Martians invaded Earth, decimating and enslaving humanity. For years, the Martians ruled Earth, before mysteriously abandoning the planet in 2075. Afterwards, Earth was ruled by “Techno-Barons” in various warring city-states. By 2525, the last of these Barons were dethroned, enabling Earth to create a World Federation by 2553. Over the course of the next century, Earth colonized the other planets of the solar system, genetically engineering each specific populace to withstand the environment of each colony, many of which were specialized outposts-- Jupiter became Earth’s manufacturing colony and main Military installation, Mercury was a mining colony, Pluto housed scientific expeditions, etc. Earth began a new golden age of scientific and social advancement.
Unfortunately, this golden age was not to last. The alien Badoon invaded the solar system in 3007 A.D, destroying many of Earth's colonies, ultimately killing nearly every inhabitant of the three settlements on Pluto, Mercury, and Jupiter. The Badoon then invaded Earth itself, decimating the technologically inferior space fleet of the United Lands of Earth. Millions of human beings were exterminated and the remainder forced into slave labor.
Space militia pilot Charlie-27, a native to the Jupiter colony, returned from a solo tour of duty to see his home world overrun by the Badoon. Managing to escape by jumping into a teleportation tube, Charlie-27 arrived on Pluto and joined forces with Martinex, the last Plutonian left on the planet, who had volunteered to stay behind when his people evacuated in order to destroy Pluto's scientific installations to keep them out of enemy hands. Charlie-27 and Martinex teleported to Earth, hoping to learn the extent of the Badoon invasion.
A year prior, Vance Astro arrived on the planet Centauri IV over a thousand years after his space launch, having been in suspended animation en route. In the meantime, Earth had developed faster than light travel, traveled to Alpha Centauri centuries ahead of him, and founded a settlement. Upon learning his achievement was meaningless, Astro left the human colony to complete the surveying mission he was assigned to anyway. He soon met Yondu, a member of the native humanoid population of the planet, and in 3007, when the marauding Badoon exterminated Yondu's tribe, Yondu accompanied Astro back to Earth. Taken captive by the Badoon upon arrival, Yondu and Astro encountered Charlie-27 and Martinex. Managing to escape the Badoon, the four decided to band together to rid the Earth and its colonies from Badoon oppression. They named themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy, becoming a force for good and committed to resist the Badoon occupation of the galaxy.
In 3014, the Earthwoman Tarin was accidentally transported to the modern era of Earth-616. She encountered Captain America, Sharon Carter, and the Thing and elicited their help in returning to her time. They joined with the Guardians of the Galaxy in freeing New York City from the last of the Badoon before returning home.
The Guardians later hoped to retrieve a Badoon memory tape -- a detailed account of the aliens' first invasion attempt in the 20th Century that had ultimately failed. They traveled to 20th Century Earth, where they encountered the Defenders and helped them defeat the monster Eelar. Although they failed to learn what they came for, they recruited the Defenders to help them liberate Earth. Once back in the 31st Century, they were joined by Starhawk, and the heroes finally routed the Badoon Empire.
The Power of Starhawk
Since then, the Guardians dedicated themselves as a group of space explorers. Among their various adventures, they recruited the last surviving Mercurian colonist, Nikki, and discovered the truth about Starhawk’s alternate female form, Aleta, Starhawk’s wife. When their spaceship Captain America was destroyed in battle against the Reavers of Arcturius, the team recovered a lost Federation space station Drydock and built a new ship, Freedom’s Lady.
They encountered another citizen of Earth-616 when Thor traveled to their future to stop the menace of Korvac the Enemy. The Guardians helped Thor, even to the point of journeying with him to the 20th Century. They hoped to protect Vance Astro’s counterpart, Vance Astrovik, who was a likely target, and the Guardians soon joined the Avengers in confronting Korvac. During their stay, the Guardians were all granted honorary Avengers membership. They continued their stay in the 20th Century for some time, joining other heroes such as the Thing and Spider-Man in various adventures. Also during this time, Astro took the opportunity to unleash his younger self's latent psionic powers, thus ensuring that the boy would not grow up to make the same mistakes he made, despite the protest of his teammates who were loath to alter the timeline in such a manner. They soon returned to the 31st Century, realizing they only truly belonged in this era.
Quest for the Shield
The Guardians soon embarked on a quest dedicated to recovering the shield of Captain America. One of their first encounters was with the alien Stark, which resulted in Starhawk and Aleta splitting into two beings and in the destruction of the Freedom’s Lady. They claimed the Stark spaceship for their own, calling it the Captain America II. Their quest was ultimately successful, despite the recurring competition of the mercenary team Force, and Vance Astro claimed the shield, later creating his new identity of Major Victory. Later, Martinex relinquished leadership of the Guardians to Major Victory, hoping to expand the Guardians’ operations, and he eventually created a new team, the Galactic Guardians.
During another visit to Earth, the Guardians found Earth in ruin, victim to an overwhelming addiction to a holographic television created by Doctor Doom, who had survived as a living brain in the Adamantium skeleton of Wolverine. They joined Tarin and her team of guerilla fighters in thwarting Doom as well as a remnant of Badoon who created human agents in the form of an army called the Punishers. During this time, they recruited Hollywood into their ranks, as well as Talon.
Return to Earth-616
When Talon was diagnosed with Graal's disease, the Guardians had to return to Earth-616’s present to receive specific aid due to his Inhuman physiology. The team used the Avengers headquarters, briefly stopping an invasion by the Masters of Evil. When they returned to their future, the Guardians found they had a hitchhiker-- Yellowjacket, who had helped them against the Masters of Evil, and the team welcomed her into their membership.
Receiving a call for help from Talon’s mentor and honorary Guardian, Krugarr, the Guardians found themselves battling Dormammu with the Galactic Guardians. In the battle, the station Drydock was destroyed, and the Galactic Guardians gave their sister team a new ship, Icarus. They again returned to Earth to help Tarin, who at this time became President of the Northeast Corridor, and a later adventure led the Guardians to resurrect Cuchulain and his guardian, Shamrock. The two declined membership, hoping to serve as Earth-bound heroes, although when Charlie-27 was falsely arrested for being the criminal Ripjak (Earth-691), Cuchulain took his place, joining as the Irish Wolfhound.
The Ripjak Saga
The Guardians had their biggest shake-up when they were asked to help Ripjack and the High Evolutionary aginst the threat of Bubonicus, a genocidal alien that had decimated the Martian race centuries earlier. Vance Astro had allied with the Martian Ripjak, to the defiance of other members, but soon Bubonicus was defeated. The Guardians regrouped, and Charlie-27 was elected their leader.
Preventing War of the Worlds
Under Charlie’s direction, the team traveled the 21st Century, hoping to stop the Martian invasion from ever occurring in at least one timeline. Although they were successful, they encountered the alien Wormhole when trying to return, and they became lost in space-time, seeking a way to return to their rightful home in the 31st Century.
Weapons: None known.
The most of the members of the Guardians are also honorary memebers of the Avengers.
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Links and References
- http://www.imagecomics.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=144 Jim Valentino comments on his issues], and lays out his plans up to what would have been issue #51
- http://www.marveldirectory.com/teams/guardiansofthegalaxy.htm Marvel Directory entry