A Marvel ComicscosmicSuper Team, has had two prominent incarnations as listed below starting with the original. If you're looking for the Green Lantern supporting characters, those are the Guardians of the Universe.
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The Guardians of the Galaxy first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January, 1969), created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan. They are a science fiction comic series set in the future, the 31st Century. An alien race known as the Badoon have conquered Earth in the year 3007 A.D., leading to a telekinetic astronaut from the 20th Century (preserved by 1,000 years in suspended animation) to gather a team of heroes to free Earth. They eventually do, and go on to do other stuff.The series ran in various Marvel Anthology books in the 1970s, with guest appearances in The Defenders and The Avengers in between anthology runs. The characters most notable appearance during these early years was in the Avengers, during the Korvac Saga.The characters vanished into limbo during the 1980s, but were revived and given their own book in 1990. Originally written and drawn by Jim Valentino (with only one fill-in artist, Mark Texiera, for a single issue), Valentino revived the book with gratuitous continuity nods to existing Marvel characters: these included a new Phoenix, Wolverine's evil great-great-great-granddaughter Rancor and her army of evil mutants, a revived Church of the Universal Truth, "The Punisher" militia, Doctor Doom (whose brain was implanted into Wolverine's body), and Mephisto's daughter among other things. The series was popular, but ultimately around issue #28, Jim Valentino jumped ship to go found Image Comics after the other founders made a surprise offer to let Valentino come with them.The book was then turned over to Michael Gallagher, who resolved Valentino's various storylines before introducing a new opponent derived from elements of another 1970s sci-fi book (Kilraven) into the franchise, causing the Guardians to fight the last Martian, Ripjak. The series lasted for 62 issues (June, 1990-July, 1995). They haven't seen much use since that time.Had its own spin-off mini-series: Galactic Guardians, which featured a lot of future versions of Marvel characters, including: Phoenix IX, the Spirit of Vengeance, Mainframe (the Vision) and Hollywood (Wonder Man).This Team initially consisted of:
Yellowjacket (Rita DeMara)
This Version Contains Examples of:
Absolute Cleavage: Very popular in the future — used by the women and some of the men.
Alternate History: When they go back in time to team up with The Avengers, they change Major Victory's history, making their future an alternate timeline. The Earth-616 version of Vance Astrovik goes on to become Justice of the New Warriors.
Fiery Redhead: Nikki. Slight Aversion in that she's not quite a redhead so much that being from the planet Mercury, the pores on her head are exhaust ports for a high, constant body heat. The result? Actual constant fire that looks like hair.
Last of His Kind: The premise starts here; the Badoon have attacked, and the four originals are survivors of their worlds. Yondu, from Beta Centauri, eventually discovers that a large number of his people survived and saves them from Galactus.
Not Blood Siblings: Stakar and Aleta are a married couple with three kids. They're also adopted siblings.
Only You Can Repopulate My Race: Yondu, to Photon. Unfortunately, Photon's an atheist and Yondu is sworn to murder any of his kind who are. Although it was she who was trying to kill him. No one ended up killing anyone, although he caught her off-guard and badly hurt her at one point. (Valentino intended them to eventually get together, but it never panned out.)
Playing with Fire: Firelord, Martinex, and Nikki (Nikki, who was in a relationship with Charlie-27 at one point, and had to immerse herself in water to cool down enough so they could touch).
Sharing a Body: Starhawk and Aleta, from their first appearance. They were adopted siblings who encountered a device that made them share the same physical space, so only one of them could manifest at a time. They made the most of by getting married. Everything seemed okay until Aleta started falling for Vance...
Timey-Wimey Ball: Time is unchangeable, which is why Starhawk is stuck in his "Groundhog Day" Loop. Time travel also creates alternate timelines, such as when Vance Astro went back in time and prevented his younger self from going into space without erasing himself from existence.
Transhuman: Martinex, Charlie-27, and Nikki are all from races of humans genetically modified to live on Pluto, Jupiter, and Mercury respectively.
"Feels like someone turned the symbolic homage up to eleven."
Years after the original comic ended, a new version, set in the mainstream 616 universe and in the present time was created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning out of the main characters from their two Annihilationminiseries events. In it, a few of the protagonists who helped solve the troubles of those series decide that the universe can't take another, and so organize a team to proactively go out and lay the beatdown on whatever troubles threaten to destroy everything.The new version first appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 #1 (July, 2008). Their book lasted for 25 issues (July, 2008-June, 2010). Rocket Raccoon's prominent appearance in the promotional image for the 2012 Marvel NOW relaunch, as well as another promotional image featuring Nick Fury holding Star-Lord's file hinted that the Guardians may have a major appearance in the upcoming stories. This was later confirmed with the announcement of a upcoming new Guardians of the Galaxy series with Brian Michael Bendis writing and Steven McNiven on art which debuted in early 2013.A version of the team appears the second season of the The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes animated program, during an adaptation of the Korvac saga. The team also appeared in an episode of Ultimate Spider-Man, which largely served to introduce the franchise to a younger audience in anticipation of the upcoming film. This line-up is also set to appear in a live-action Guardians of the Galaxy film, set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.The team line-up initially consisted of:
With Mantis providing a support role and Groot still recovering from Annihilation Conquest, though both would soon join the main line up. Also providing a support role was Cosmo, a telepathic former Russian Cosmonaut dog who ran security at Knowhere, the former head of a Celestial at the end of space and time. By the second issue, Major Victory, the same character from the original series, would join up, and would be followed later on by Bug, Jack Flagg and Moondragon.In the Marvel NOW series, the Guardians reform with the line-up of Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and Iron Man. Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) and Flash Thompson (Venom IV) have been solicited to join the team in 2014.
Tropes used in Volumes 2 and 3 include:
Absolute Cleavage: Gamora in Vol. 2, who pairs it with Sideboob, Vapor Wear, and likely a few other related tropes. Frankly, it's probably a miracle of space-age future science that her clothing manages to stay on her as reliably as it does.
Dropped in the current series.
Anyone Can Die: Issue 19 of Vol. 2 has half the main characters KIA by the time the issue is over.Not Quite Dead: 22/23 reveals it was an illusion the whole time, with only Phyla dies in between issues 24 and 25.
Badass Normal: Starlord, while he used to have all kinds of nifty cosmic powers, these days he's just a guy with a gun and a rad helmet taking on cosmic level threats.
Bad Future: Adam Warlock may have contained the Fault in time but his actions resulted in every possible future becoming the 'Magus future', where the universe is under the control of the Universal Church of Truth, lead by Magus. It got so bad that Kang the Conqueror is the only one left standing, giving Starlord a Cosmic Cube that might give him the edge over the Magus.
Star-Lord and Drax the Destroyer reappear in Avengers Assemble Volume 2 with absolutely no explanation as to how they came back to life since the The Thanos Imperative.
Moondragon is revived by Drax and Phyla in the series.
Brick Joke: When Star-Lord and half of his team are thrown through time and encounter the classic Guardians of the Galaxy, he decided to come up with another name for his team to avoid any unnecessary problems with the other guardians. The name he chose: The Ass-Kickers of the Fantastic, a name that Rocket Raccoon suggested for their team name in the beginning of the first issue.
Star-Lord: All the good names were taken.
Catch Phrase: "I am Groot!" (It actually means something. We just can't understand the subtle nuances.)
Characterization Marches On: In the Star-Lord series for Annihilation: Conquest, Groot was capable of speaking complete sentences, and had a regal sense of dignity and pride about him. Come the actual series though, and he mainly just declares "I am Groot!" with nobody commenting on the change.
Corrupt Church: The Church of Universal Truth definitely. They use the faith of their followers to empower themselves but are unafraid of bugging out and leaving them to their doom when things get hot. Become even more so under the leadership of Adam Magus in the future.
Dropped a Bridge on Him: Phyla-Vell, killed off screen after fulfilling her obligation to Maelstrom and Oblivion by reviving Thanos.
Negative Space Wedgie: The rips in the fabric of the universe that keep showing up. There's a really, really big one (which they manage to actually stabilize) by the time the War of Kings story is over.
Omnicidal Maniac: Maelstrom is very much this. He'd like you to believe he's a beyond good and evil force of nature. Really he's middle management for Oblivion and a loud mouthed sociopath to boot.