|"Annihilation: Conquest Prologue"|
It was their old editor that enlisted Abnett and Lanning to chronicle the outbreak and subsequent battles of Marvel's latest Cosmic War epic. "Having worked on the 'Nova' LS for last year's 'Annihilation,' we were approached by Andy Schmidt, who edited the first 'Annihilation' event, and asked to pilot the next event, which Bill Rosemann is editing," DnA told CBR News. "The prologue was a great gig to write - chock full of cosmic goodness and epic space action."
It was the chance to tell a tale of cosmic goodness and epic space action that drew Abnett and Lanning to "Conquest." "We've both loved Science Fiction all our lives," DnA said. "Most of our favorite Marvel characters when we were growing up were the cosmic ones. I think when you put a costumed superhero into a SF setting, it changes the dynamic. What would be a costume in downtown NY ('Mummy, why's that man got a bucket on his head?') becomes a suit of armor in a space setting. It's big, too. We love the awesome possibilities of scale."
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With the exception of Quasar, Moondragon and Star-Lord, Abnett and Lanning had to remain cryptic about the other characters featured in the Prologue. They were able to reveal that they would check in with some of the survivors of the "Annihilation War," both good and evil, early on in the "Conquest" storyline and others further on down the line.
The cast of "Annihilation Conquest" will include many old favorites, but new readers shouldn't worry. "It very much builds upon the events of last year's 'Annihilation,' but new readers interested in joining in shouldn't be put off - there is plenty of information to help you dive right in," DnA stated. "This is an ideal jumping on spot for the cosmic books."
Old fans and new readers that jump on board the "Conquest" event with the "Prologue" will be whisked away to a variety of alien worlds, many of which are strategically important following the aftermath of the first "Annihilation" event "This takes place in Kree Space and the territories ceded to Ravenous," DnA explained. "We'll see Hala, Kree-Lar and various outer worlds."
The heroes won't have time to prepare for the massive new threat to Kree Space and the rest of the cosmos that emerges in the pages of the "Conquest Prologue." "We can say very little, as we hate to spoil a surprise," DnA said. "All we will say is - if you thought Annihilus was a big surprise last time, just wait to see who's coming out to play this time. Let the guessing begin."
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DnA couldn't go into much detail about how much peril Nova will be in issues #4-7. "It's safe to say he's never been in so much danger," the duo cryptically stated.
With the amount of danger Richard Rider is in and Abnett and Lanning writing the "Annihilation: Conquest" mini-series some readers might be wondering what's going on with the "Nova" ongoing series following issue #7. The series will continue to be published and DnA revealed that issues #8 and beyond of "Nova" will be indirectly linked to "Conquest."
Abnett and Lanning have one hope for the readers of the "Annihilation: Conquest Prologue," "Nova" and all the other books that comprise the "Conquest" storyline. "We hope you enjoy it!" the Duo said. "We've had sneak look at what's coming, obviously, and we're very excited indeed about this event. It's one we'd rush out to read."
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