Writer: Skottie Young; Artist: Jake Parker (#6, 9-11), Filipe Andrade (#7-8); Colors: Jean-François Beaulieu; Covers: Skottie Young;
I had this omega level review for the last 6 issues of Rocket Raccoon. Then my computer got all wonky and it didn’t save. So here are my notes, favorite panels, and little quips about the experience called Rocket Raccoon.
6 – Rocket is busy paying back his debts to the princesses he wronged when he’s contacted by Cosmo the Russian telepathic dog for help with his associate Brute. Brute only speaks binary so our titular character is stuck with yet another menacing, vocabulistically challenged partner. Brute is one of a plethora of war-grade A.I. that have been outdated and banished to a retirement community-style planet where they bake, farm and just live out the rest of their batteries. Some robots have been kidnapped so they can be forced, slave-style, back into action. Rocket and Brute help them out, help out Cosmo and all is right with the world.
7/8 – THE COLD: A 2-issue arc of seriousness in the world of Rocket and Groot. The pencils are different and it helps with the new tone. Groot is in trouble because of the fatal venom of a Nobu snow monster. Rocket unites with a snow ninja named Jink to collect an egg from the Queen Nobu to save him. I’m not sure if you have to bathe Groot in the yolk, just whites, I don’t know, but this egg is vital! Jink is an awesome guest character. I’m sure Rocket enjoyed her company on his quest. They’re able to acquire the egg and save Groot. In the end, Rocket checks his unheard messages and Yak leaves one that’s most disturbing. He warns Rocket to let Groot die for the betterment of all life on planet Earth. Boom, cliffhanger, end of issue #8.
9 – MONSTER MASH: When you start reading #9 everything comes out of left field. There is nothing related to the end of last issue. Instead we see a 2046 New York terrorized by a ginormous Groot. The Avengers have no luck against this kaiju Groot, and Iron Man must find Rocket to save the planet. We’re then treated to a Rocket-Mech in a not-so-epic battle against Groot. Rocket dies. And Groot killed him. *tear* But not really since it was all a game “created” by Yak of an alternate world, an alternate Earth that Groot is going to terrorize. The end is quite touching and all is well.
10/11 – BOOKENDS: Rocket has gathered all the funds to pay his princess debt and he’s so close to being off the hook of all his headaches. Then, he hears the Book of Halfworld has been found. This book contains the story of Rocket’s ancestors and would answer all the questions he’s ever had. They obtain it, get beamed into a huge ship where we meet a legit other Halfworld-ian named Captain Sale. She has the key to open the book and after all the T’s are dotted and the I’s are crossed, she allows Rocket to open the book first. Rocket realizes while he’s reading he doesn’t want to know anymore than he already does and leaves to join the rest of his real family, the Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s arrested on his way, and we end up back at the start with an EPIC PRISON BREAK TIME!
This was a fun title. It’s a shame there’s nothing on the flip-side of Secret Wars for Skottie Young and the team. The colors by Jean-François Beaulieu are vivid and a wonderful, consistent through line between the three artists that worked on the series. I’d pick up the trade for a relaxing, comedic read.