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Rocket Raccoon gets his own comic book series

Edited as of Tue 10 Mar 2015 - 19:11
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Rocket Raccoon If you thought the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series from Marvel sounded interesting, but were disappointed at the gun-toting-raccoon-to-green-skinned-alien ratio, July will see that situation rectified. Rocket Raccoon is getting his own ongoing series.

The book will be drawn and written by Skottie Young, best known for his work on Marvel’s comic adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, along with cover work for many Marvel titles. He is known for his cartoony style, an obvious fit with Rocket Raccoon’s funny animal roots. Like Rocket, this will be Young’s first ongoing title as a writer. You can see uncolored inside art for the first issue at MTV News.

The comic’s title was originally Rocket Raccoon and Groot, but Rocket’s “personal houseplant/muscle” was demoted, though he’ll still feature prominently. The rest of the Guardians will mostly stay in their own book, though Rocket and Groot will remain a part of that book’s cast.

In case you somehow missed it, Rocket Raccoon will also, completely uncoincidentally, appear in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie hitting theaters August 1, directed by James Gunn, featuring Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket.


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I'm not familiar with Skottie Young, but I am curious to see how he handles Rocket and the other critters that populate his universe. Mike Mignola drew the definitive version of Rocket for me, in the 4-issue run the character had in the mid-80's.

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I was wondering if anyone was going to mention that this is the SECOND time Rocket has had his own dedicated comic book series, people...

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That was a miniseries; this is an ongoing. The old miniseries ran four issues; this ... may actually just run four issues (or even fewer), because it gets canceled or whatever, but it has the opportunity to go for hundreds.

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Even comics like The Fantastic Four don't run for hundreds of issues these days: Marvel and DC use whatever opportunity they can to reset comicbook numbering to #1 because it's believed such a shallow tactic is better for sales.

And Rocket Raccoon won't run for hundreds of issue anyway, any more than, say, Elektra did (like Rocket, another very popular 80s character who appeared in movies).

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Yeah, you'd think they'd realize a #100 is way more impressive than a new #1 (Uncanny X-Men was over 500 before they rebooted it twice in two years). On the other hand, it does make it easier to keep track of new creative teams.

And, who knows, even if Marvel and DC do get over it, the whole print thing is supposed to no longer exist by the end of the decade, right? (The deadline keeps getting pushed back.)

That being said, don't count Rocket out for a long run; Deadpool would be over triple digits (not even counting the Deadpool and Cable series) if it weren't for restarts, so odd characters can break out.

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Yeah. Mark Evanier, who lives near Farmers Market in the Los Angeles/Hollywood area -- not the center of L.A., but pretty built-up and with heavy traffic -- reports that whole families of raccoons visit his back yard at night to raid the feral cats' dishes that he leaves out for them. Or did, before he stopped leaving out cat food at night. Coons are tenacious beasties.

Fred Patten

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