Cover of Annihilators 1 (May 2011)
Featuring (from bottom right clockwise) Silver Surfer, Ronan the Accuser, Quasar, Beta Ray Bill and Gladiator , art by Alex Garner
Group publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Thanos Imperative: Devastation (Jan 2011)
Created byDan Abnett
Andy Lanning
Miguel Angel Sepulveda
In-story information
Silver Surfer
Ronan the Accuser
Beta Ray Bill
Ikon (Spaceknight)
FormatLimited series
Publication date(Annihilators)
March – June 2011
(Annihilators: Earthfall)
September – December 2011
Creative team
Writer(s)Dan Abnett
Andy Lanning
Tan Eng Huat
Victor Olazaba
Creator(s)Dan Abnett
Andy Lanning
Miguel Angel Sepulveda
Collected editions
Volume 1ISBN 978-0-7851-6040-3
Volume 2ISBN 0785159045

The Annihilators are a fictional team appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They are a group of powerful space-based characters from various alien races. They act as a deterrent to galactic war.

Publication history

The team first assembled in The Thanos Imperative: Devastation one-shot (Jan 2011).[1] They starred in a four-issue eponymous limited series,[2] with a backup featuring Groot and Rocket Raccoon,[3] which was previously announced as a separate limited series.[4]

A second four-issue limited series, Annihilators: Earthfall, ran from September to December 2011.[5][6]

In August 2014, the team appeared in the original graphic novel Thanos: The Infinity Revelation by Jim Starlin.

Fictional team history

After a string of galactic-level threats (the Annihilation Wave, the Phalanx's conquest of the Kree, the War of Kings, and the Cancerverse invasion), Cosmo tries to fulfill the dream of his deceased friend and former Guardian of the Galaxy Star-Lord by assembling a proactive team to stop threats before the universe is in danger. He recruits the most powerful individuals he knows: the human Quasar, the Kree Ronan the Accuser, the Shi'ar Gladiator, the Korbinite Beta Ray Bill, and Herald of Galactus Silver Surfer. Each of them is initially resistant to the idea, but agree to join after they work together to defend Kree territory from Blastaar.[7]

They are joined by the Galadorian Spaceknight Ikon, who needs their assistance protecting her planet from Doctor Dredd.[8] After fending off Dire Wraiths[9] and Immortus,[10] they ultimately reveal Doctor Dredd to be a Skrull imposter.[11]

Later, while trying to end a conflict between two factions of the Universal Church of Truth, the Annihilators learn of a plot to revive the Magus.[12] They travel to Earth where the resurrection is happening but are unable to prevent it due to a conflict with the Avengers, who mistake the Annihilators for an invasion force. Quasar, Ikon, and Spider-Man discover the Magus has emerged from his cocoon in the form of a young boy.[13] The Magus attempts to possess other humans on Earth,[14] but Gladiator, Quasar, Ronan, and Iron Man are able to trick him back into his cocoon. The Annihilators take custody of the cocoon.[15]

Collected editions

Annihilators has been collected in:

Title Material collected ISBN
Annihilators Annihilators #1–4 0-7851-6040-X
Annihilators: Earthfall Annihilators: Earthfall #1–4 0-7851-5904-5
Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & Lanning Omnibus Guardians of the Galaxy (vol. 2) #1–25; Thanos Imperative: Ignition #1; Thanos Imperative #1–6; Thanos Imperative: Devastation #1; material from Annihilators #1–4 and Annihilators: Earthfall #1–4 978-0-7851-9834-5
War of Kings Aftermath: Realm of Kings Realm of Kings #1; Realm of Kings: Inhumans #1–5; Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard #1–5; Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk #1–4; Nova (2007) #29–36; Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #20–25; Thanos Imperative #1–6, Ignition, Devastation and Annihilators #1–4; Annihilators: Earthfall #1–4; Thanos Sourcebook; material from I Am an Avenger #3 978-1-302-90447-0


  1. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Sanderson, Peter; Brevoort, Tom; Teitelbaum, Michael; Wallace, Daniel; Darling, Andrew; Forbeck, Matt; Cowsill, Alan; Bray, Adam (2019). The Marvel Encyclopedia. DK Publishing. p. 19. ISBN 978-1-4654-7890-0.
  2. ^ Richards, Dave (December 24, 2010). "Abnett Makes Things Dire for the "Annihilators"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved September 1, 2011.; Ching, Albert (January 18, 2011). "Abnett and Lanning Round Up the ANNIHILATORS". Newsarama. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  3. ^ Adler, Matt (February 28, 2011). "Interview: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning on Annihilators". iFanboy. Retrieved September 1, 2011. As a second feature in this series, we'll also be getting the eagerly awaited Rocket Raccoon/Groot story.
  4. ^ Richards, Dave (July 23, 2010). "CCI: DnA Script All-Out Anthropomorphic Action In "Rocket Raccoon & Groot"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved September 1, 2011.; Ching, Albert (July 23, 2011). "SDCC 2010: Abnett and Lanning on ROCKET RACOON & GROOT". Newsarama. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  5. ^ Beard, Jim (June 10, 2011). "Annihilators: Earthfall". Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  6. ^ Richards, Dave (September 1, 2011). "DnA Put Our Planet on the Brink of Annihilation in "Earthfall"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  7. ^ The Thanos Imperative: Devastation (Feb 2011)
  8. ^ Annihilators #1 (May 2011)
  9. ^ Annihilators #2 (June 2011)
  10. ^ Annihilators #3 (July 2011)
  11. ^ Annihilators #4 (August 2011)
  12. ^ Annihilators: Earthfall #1 (Sept 2011)
  13. ^ Annihilators: Earthfall #2 (Oct 2011)
  14. ^ Annihilators: Earthfall #3 (Nov 2011)
  15. ^ Annihilation: Earthfall #4 (Dec 2011)