Monday, January 2, 2017

Rocket Raccoon #1 Review - Marvel Monday





Fries with That?

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Jorge Coelho, Antonio Fabela and Jeff Eckleberry
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 28, 2016

I am a Rocket Racoon fan and if that spells out that I am a noob who likes the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, I am fine with that.  I do like the Rocket and Groot series, but really, my love of Rocket comes mainly from the movie.  I just wanted to let you know where I stand before my review. Now that we are clear on such things, it's time to get on with things.  Is this Marvel Now book worth reading?  Let's find out...


The issue opens by telling the reader something that they may or may not already know...Rocket hates Earth!  That wouldn't be such a problem except that he is stranded on Earth at the moment.  The opening bits show us why he has such a burning desire to get off planet...he's mistaken for Squirrel Girl and has to settle for dumpster food.  He does find a sort-of friend, so not all is lost, right?

After getting his friend a hot meal, Rocket heads off to find the Avengers, but is now a wanted racoon.  Why?  Because he stole the hot meal (burgers and fries, by the way) and really has a problem blending in.  Rocket can add assault of a police officer to his rap sheet after what happens next and things just get worse.



Well. they actually seem to get better when Human Torch shows up and grabs Rocket for a group of about a thousand armed boys in blue and takes him home with him.  Things get pretty funny when Rocket tells Johnny how much Ben Grimm hates him and then tries to explain Inhumans to Rocket.

Things continue with Matthew Rosenberg giving us a quick and funny commentary on the state of the Fantastic Four before Rocket goes out for a drink with a friend.  It's always nice to see old friends (even from Broodspace), but the only thing Rocket gets from him to change his situation is a name.

The issue ends with a little Skrull tomfoolery and then a crazy ass ending that may not have me on the edge of my seat, but I will be back next month to see how things continue on.



This was a good issue to start off a new series.  While I can't say it's new user friendly, Rosenberg gets everyone up to speed on the important points and even has a bit of fun poking fun at Marvel in general.  Yes, I hope the action picks up a bit, but that's for later...this issue was all about Rocket and Rosenberg writes him well.

I did like the art a whole lot.  The team lead by Jorge Coelho did a really good job giving this book a gritty, yet cartoony look that fits Rocket so well.  One of the reasons I will be back is just for the art and that's the biggest compliment I can give.

Bits and Pieces:

Rocket Racoon is a great character and Matthew Rosenberg seems to be having fun with him and the rest of the Marvel Universe here.  The story is pretty straight forward (Rocket wants off Earth), but the ending throws an interesting wrench into it all.  The art is very good and if you are a Rocket fan, I'm sure you'll dig this beginning.

7.5/10


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