How does one make a story following a talking raccoon and tree even weirder? There is only one answer to that question, and it’s Skottie Young.
Rocket Raccoon and Groot may be in its infancy, but Young has made it clear that this is a fresh new take on these characters putting them at odds in a tricky little pickle. While a story concerning Rocket and Groot is sure to have its laughs, this series has been darker than I’m sure most of us expected.
So, keep up the weird, Skottie.
Here’s brief plot recap from the first two issues:
Groot and Rocket are separated. Groot’s only clues to where his little buddy is are inscribed on his body. Since he is always growing and the clues will soon be unrecognizable, Groot is forced to re-carve the clues into his body time and time again. Groot is taken prisoner by Lord Rakzoon, who is actually Rocket but doesn’t realize he’s Rocket and neither does Groot.
WHEW! All right, that’s where issue two leaves us.
Rakzoon brings in a translator to find out why Groot is hunting him down. We get Groot’s story of heartache, pain and dead ends, and while Rakzoon connects with it and believes the big guy, he still plans on killing him.
The most enjoyable aspect of this series, so far, is the consistency between Young and inside artist Filipe Andrade. Young has done some amazing covers and Andrade really brought his A-game in the second issue after some minor consistency flaws in issue one. These two are clearly on the same page, as I felt Andrade’s art was extremely strong.
One thing that can’t be overlooked is that Rocket and Groot are not creatively controlled by their movie counterparts (LOOKING AT YOU DRAX TEAM). Rocket is literally about to kill his BFFF without even knowing it, and I seriously doubt that’s a storyline Marvel wants to pursue in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Putting everyone's favorite friends at odds like this is a creative risk, but one I imagine will have a payoff that brings these two lovable dudes even closer.
To be able to make the readers feel Groot’s confusion and pain can’t be an easy task, but these two nail it. This book is worth a grab based on its creativity alone.
Rating: 8/10 An emotional Rocket and Groot book that works.