Rocket Raccoon

Rocket Raccoon and Groot #1

by Alan Rapp on January 7, 2016

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Rocket Raccoon and Groot #1Occasionally comic writers can get too cute for their own good. Set eight months after the events of Marvel’s Secret Wars (an event I skipped and have no plans on catching up on anytime soon), the new series launches with the rest of the Guardians believing both Rocket Raccoon and Groot are dead (although they mostly don’t appear that broken up about it).

With our heroes missing in action, Rocket Raccoon and Groot #1 delivers a Rocket and Groot story featuring two low-rent stand-ins in a surly mouse and (far less imposing) walking plant lifeform with a limited vocabulary hired by Groot to deliver himself to his old friend (who apparently has become a dictator on some far off world).

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Rocket Raccoon #10

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2015

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Rocket Raccoon #10Rocket Raccoon #10 interrupts Rocket Raccoon‘s attempt to pay the money owed to all his ex-girlfriend princesses when Rocket is approached by his old frenemy Klep who informs our hero about a chance to find the missing Book of Halfworld… for the right price.

Turning his hard-worn earnings over to Klep for the intel rather than paying off his debts makes Rocket an immediate fugitive from the law (and even Cosmo) aboard Knowhere but if Klep’s information pans out we’ll get to see how Skottie Young plans to reintroduce the character’s somewhat convoluted comic book past and make it fit into the current Marvel continuity.

As we’ve come to expect from the series, issue #10 is heavy on both action and humor as Rocket is forced to fight his way out of Knowhere after paying off Klep. Armed with a new lead, and a new reason for authorities and bounty hunters to come after him, Rocket and Groot’s new adventure kicks off with an entertaining first issue. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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Rocket Raccoon #9

by Alan Rapp on March 15, 2015

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Rocket Raccoon #9Set 30 years in the future Rocket Raccoon #9 offers a glimpse at a possible dark future for Rocket and Groot. Long after their collective adventures have ended, and Groot has decided to stay on Earth without his friend (helping its heroes unlock the secret to his regenerative properties), a monster-sized Groot is terrorizing the planet destroying everything in sight. Who’s Tony Stark gonna call? Gundam-style Rocket Raccoon, that’s who!

Dark future stories of heroes are hardly anything new but writer Skootie Young still finds a way to infuse the comic’s zaniness and fun without getting lost in the grim future.

The twist near the end of the comic lessens the impact of the story a bit as it’s revealed we’re only seeing a simulation of one possible future of the pair. What makes the story work is Young flipping the idea that Groot keeps Rocket in line and that the raccoon’s loving friend might become something far more dark and dangerous without his questionable influence. Yeah, looks like Rocket Raccoon is a good influence after all (at least for a living tree turned Kaiju monster). Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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Rocket Raccoon #7

by Alan Rapp on January 28, 2015

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Rocket Raccoon #7After crash landing on a frigid planet full of monsters and snow ninjas on the far edge of the galaxy that makes Hoth look hospitable by comparison, things take a turn for the worse. Well, considering Rocket was already using his friend’s arm to fuel their fire to keep them alive while all his weapons froze in the intense cold, things weren’t going all that well to begin with.

Rocket Raccoon #7 offers an interesting premise by attacking the one aspect of Groot that we know to be true – although he can be cut, crushed, smashed, and blown to bits the living tree always grows back. However after being bitten my a space dog that somehow poisons his friend’s regenerative properties, Rocket Raccoon is forced to accept the the very real possibility that Groot might die.

Thankfully there is something for Rocket and his new snow ninja friend Jinx to do as the egg of one of the monsters that poisoned Groot may hold the cure (that is if Rocket can survive long enough on his quest to retreive it). Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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Rocket Raccoon #6

by Alan Rapp on December 20, 2014

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Rocket Raccoon #6The latest issue of Rocket Raccoon returns one of my favorite former Guardians of the Galaxy (whose leaving was never properly explained only to be replaced by Marvel characters like Carol Danvers and Venom who don’t fit in the oddball team concept nearly as well). While performing a series of jobs to payback all of his princess ex-girlfriends, Rocket receives and email which leads him to Knowhere to pay back a debt to Cosmo.

Even though they’re not on panel together as much as I’d like, I love the pair of Rocket and Cosmo and hope the telepathic dog may eventually find his way out of Marvel’s dog house and give us more appearances like this. The job is simple. Bizarre, but simple. Cosmo enlists Rocket to help a retired military mech whose friends (from the same junkyard paradise where all mechs go to live out their twilight years) have been stolen to be sold at auction.

And so Rocket and his nonsense-speaking friend (“Brute” only communicates in bianary) head into action. The result of which, as expected, is pretty damn entertaining. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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