The deadliest woman in the galaxy is getting her own series from Guardians of the Galaxy movie screenwriter Nicole Perlman and artist Marco Checchetto. Gamora #1 promises insight into how the once-favored daughter of Thanos gained her impressive representation, and why she became a hero instead of the assassin she was raised to be.

I'm not clear on whether the book is entirely set in Gamora's past, or if it tells a current story that reflects on that past. The preview shows her fighting her sister Nebula (who looks exactly like Karen Gillan did in the movie) under the watchful eye of Thanos. That implies it takes place when they were both under his control, even though their character designs had initially made me think different. But whenever the story is set, or how many timelines it interweaves, more insight into Gamora's character is always welcome.

 

Art by by Marco Checchetto
Art by by Marco Checchetto
Art by by Marco Checchetto
Variant Cover by Tula Lotay
Variant Cover by Marco Checchetto
Teaser Variant by Mike Deodato

Here's the official word from Marvel:

Before the Guardians, there was only…Gamora! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the highly anticipated GAMORA #1, coming to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 21st! From Nicole Perlman – co-screenwriter of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and blockbuster artist Marco Checchetto (Star Wars: Shattered Empire) comes a tale of blood and vengeance. Once upon a time she was Thanos’ heartless pet assassin and favorite daughter. Today she is the backbone of the Guardians of the Galaxy, putting her life on the line to defend the innocent. What was it that transformed her from being used as a tool of her oppressor to a champion of the powerless? Embark on a journey of revenge, redemption and retribution, and witness how she earned her reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy. Don’t miss GAMORA #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 21st!