Rocket Raccoon has always been a character who has been one of the more obscure in the Marvel Universe. Over the past few years, and with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie just around the corner, Rocket Raccoon’s popularity has rocketed (pun intended) upwards. And with a new on-going in-continuity series beginning this week his popularity is only going to continue. Written and illustrated by the wonderful Skottie Young, Rocket Raccoon looks like it will be a fun series that will be full of action and humour.
This solo series will show what Rocket gets up to when he is not with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Which happens to be him going to alien wrestling matches, while also being on the run by the authorities and other parties – like a militia of angry ex-girlfriends.
If you are not familiar with Rocket Raccoon, Comics Alliance has a fun little strip that explains his history.
Expect to see an arrangement of deranged and alien locations as Rocket goes around the universe. Although, he wont be alone. In the first issue his best pal Groot, also a member of the Guardians, will make an appearance. Additionally, based on the preview it looks like he will have a girlfriend. But, with the way Rocket acts she might not be in the picture for too long.
Skottie Young has been making waves at Marvel over the past few years with his Eisner Award winning Wizard of Oz comics. More recently, his own series of variant covers, which you might have seen on How to Love Comics have been very popular and collectable. So it is great to see Young take on an ongoing series set in the Marvel Universe. Rocket Raccoon looks to be a perfect match, which allows him to use his vivid imagination to create all kinds of odd looking characters. This series will also see him stretch his legs when it comes to writing, which should include plenty of humour.
Rocket Raccoon should appeal to a wide audience of new and more experienced readers. If you are not too familiar with the character this should be a good jumping on point, which will introduce you to the character before the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. While not quite an all ages comic (Rated T for teen) Rocket Raccoon should be suitable for older children, as well as adults.
Take a look at the variant covers by David Peterson, Leonel Castellani (LEGO Stan Lee variant) and Skottie Young as we as a fun four-page preview below.