This book finds the right combination from Rocket and Groot's status quo while adding just enough new flavor to spice this new series up.
Rocket Raccoon and Groot #1 dropped in early January, and while I'm late to the party, I wanted to take the chance to review the Court's close personal friend's -- Skottie Young -- work. Skottie handled the cover's art and the writing while Felipe Andrade took care of the art on the inside.
I, like most others, grumble at the sight of another #1 especially considered that each Rocket and Groot's solo titles were in their infancy, but this one makes sense any way you break it down.
These characters are synonymous with each other, and that's for good reason. So, good on Marvel for putting the two of them together and thank God Skottie is still at the helm.
Issue #1 starts with the Guardians mourning the death of Rocket and Groot; there's no bodies (or bark) but just a Cast Away-esque empty casket. Heck, Ben Grimm even admits "I'm not that broken up about this."
Luckily, Drax stepped in to say some nice things about the two.
Awe, how sweet.
The mystery of what actually happened to the two former Guardians serves as the main plot focus for the first issue. Heck, Groot even learned a new phrase to help stay hidden. The two take on new on-the-run personas in Pocket the talking squirrel and Shrub.
This is why Skottie Young is in charge, guys.
The humor is there, there is an element of mystery, and the plot doesn't get hung up on itself. The Pocket and Shrub routine carries on for just long enough, and the return of Rocket and Groot is a lighthearted yet exciting climax. We aren't overwhelmed with outside characters, but we get just enough of Thing, Drax and the others to move the story along.
Also, never call a rodent a rodent in front of another rodent.
There's still a decent amount of unknown of where this story is going, but this book has grabbed my attention. It's an easy read suitable for most ages, and I would definitely recommend picking this one up.
Andrade's art matches Rocket's persona perfectly, as it comes off a little rough around the edges and does a great job portraying quick sequences. His work is much different than Skottie's, which can be a little jarring after you flip the cover, but Marvel's got a good one for this gig.
Rating: 7/10 It's not a perfect first issue, but I get the feeling that this book wasn't meant to feel all-new, all-different but more of a, hey, these characters are going to be together now, kthxbye.