Thursday, January 7, 2016

Rocket Raccoon and Groot #1

Occasionally 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).

For a comic entitled Rocket Raccoon and Groot issue #1 doesn't offer much of our title characters. Instead we get a surreal journey of cute in-jokes ("Me Are Shrub" indeed) and long set-up that never pays off. Hit-and-Miss.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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