In yesterday’s action-packed Guardians of the Galaxy #15, fans finally learned that the dark threat behind the upcoming cosmic crossover “The Last Annihilation” is none other than Dormammu, Lord of the Dark Dimension! The dreaded Doctor Strange adversary has merged with Ego the Living Planet and plans to use his powerful magical abilities to conquer space, forcing the galaxy to unite like never before. The saga will kick off on July 21st in Guardians of the Galaxy #16 where Dormammu’s endless army of Mindless Ones will put the new lineup of Guardians to the test. The crossover will continue in Ewing’s space-based X-Men title S.W.O.R.D. in an issue that will see Storm face one of her first challenges as the newly appointed Queen of Sol.
“The Last Annihilation” will also spin out into a series of one-shots, each focusing on a different corner of the galaxy as Dormammu unleashes his evil across space. Al Ewing will team up with artist Bob Quinn in Cable: Reloaded #1, featuring the highly-anticipated return of classic Cable who will lead a band of mutants on a mission to retrieve a dangerous weapon that’s deeply rooted in X-Men history. When Black Panther enlists the help of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda in the war against Dormammu, a new hero rises in The Last Annihilation: Wakanda by writer Evan Narcisse and artist Germán Peralta. And writer Anthony Oliveira nd artist Jan Bazaldua will deliver another chapter in the saga of Marvel’s beloved power couple in The Last Annihilation: Wiccan & Hulkling, showcasing the might of the newlywed superheroes as they’re forced to split up to defend planets against Dormammu’s overwhelming forces.
This is what the new Guardians were built to do. But will it be too much? The war to end all wars begins. And not everyone’s going to come home. Check out the fully revealed cover of Guardians of the Galaxy #16 by Brett Booth below along with never-before-seen artwork and a “Last Annihilation” checklist. Guardians of the Galaxy #16 is written by Al Ewing with art by Juan Frigeri, and colors by Federico Blee. And be there for the start of the latest Marvel space epic when “The Last Annihilation” begins on July 21st!