McCartney and Lennon. Jobs and Wozniak. Ben and Jerry. Abbot and Costello. Bert and Ernie. Jay and Silent Bob. Bill and Ted. Scooby and Shaggy. Famous duos in history that changed the world of entertainment for the better. And then there is Rocket Racoon and Groot…
Alright, let’s get real. Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the biggest surprise hits of the last decade. Even long time comic fans could have never expected such an entertaining film. Chris Pratt was an amazing Star Lord. Drax the Destroyer and his literal personality made the dumb brute archetype fresh again. What truly surprised everyone though, was Rocket Racoon and Groot. In the 90’s if they said they were making a comic book movie with a talking racoon and a tree, we would have prepared ourselves for the worst movie ever. It probably would have been. In 2014 they changed our views entirely. Bradley Cooper portraying Rocket put immense charisma and character into the talking rodent. And Groot, well he is Groot. All of a sudden these two minimally known comic fodder characters have become iconic household names. Of course Marvel had to give them their own well deserved title. And who are you going to get to write that? Brubaker, Bendis, Fraction, Slott? Heck no, you get the funniest guy in the industry…
Kicked of in 2016, after the Marvel mega event Secret Wars, Rocket Racoon returns to his own title. This time with his big, wooden friend Groot along for the ride. Heading the writing duties is the comical Skottie Young. Featuring a wide range of artists to assist him along the way, you won’t even miss Young’s iconic cartoonish style. Unfortunately, the collected six issue run in the first TPB, is as far as Young takes this series, with Nick Kocher taking the reigns in issue seven. So, be sure to soak up as much as you can of his great run.
Let me say this, if you love Rocket and Groot prepare for the game to be stepped up. This book is pure hilarity. The tone is lighthearted with no necessity for cannon or continuation. These are small tales of the lives of these best friends and the antics they get into. From playing the biggest of practical jokes on each other, Groot being worshipped as a god, getting way too competitive with eachother, and even Rocket’s adventures in Tony Starks fantasy football league. There are laugh out loud moments on every page and the silly plots are fulfilling in entertainment. Cameos from seemingly everyone and everyone, watching these characters interact with the Marvel Universe is one of the best parts of the publication company right now.
Skottie Young keeps on impressing me more and more. I am a major fan of the I Hate Fairyland title, but this book is proof that Young can make fun stories out of anything. There is nothing worse than when an author is trying too hard to be funny and it comes out as cheesy. Well Young sets the bar high with his work on this series.
Rocket and Groot have a friendship that we would all love to have. Seeing their outer space adventures is a joy ride that was better than I could have expected. An easy 4/5, pushing towards a perfect book. The change in artists is something that always challenges me to stay in the world, this book has four different artists, minus cover art, with very different styles. While I do love a variety of art, and they all do a great job in their own right, it does pull you away to focus on what you’re seeing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants more Rocket and Groot. A book of the hilarious adventures of a rodent and his best friend who happens to be a tree.
Thanks booknerds, we are Groot!