Monday, May 29, 2017

I am Groot #1 Review - Marvel Monday

He is Groot

Written by: Christoper Hastings
Art by: Flaviano, Marcio Menyz and Joe Caramagna
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 29, 2017

I am a huge Guardians of the Galaxy fan, but I must admit that I am not a big Groot fan.  Sure, I like him as part of the team, but a solo Groot is something different.  However, I will always give something one try and that's what led me to reviewing the start of this series.  Did Christopher Hastings make me a fan of a book starring a little plant who only knows three words?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with Groot playing a little make believe space battle in the not so make believe Milano.  Yea, he's just blasting away at space until Star-Lord stops him and after the obligatory "I am Groot", runs off to cause more trouble.  We get a funny scene with Groot, Rocket and Gamora that is interrupted by an emergency...That's when the ship and the Guardians run straight into what isn't quite a black hole, but might be worse.

I didn't know what to expect from this first issue when it came to the Guardians of the Galaxy.  They are all in the house for this beginning and while I was glad to see them, I am not sure it was the best decision.  Why?  Because the stuff here is the best part (and big part) of the issue.

As Peter tries to save the day, we get Groot doing everything he can to mess things up.  If you have seen Vol 2, you should know what this is all about.  Because of that, it's not original, but it is fun to see.

Things get more interesting when Groot accidentally launches himself into space and before we know it, the book enters "what the hell is going on" land.  Groot lands on an unknown planet after passing a "Giant Holographic Doorbell" and things get crazier by the page.

There is something going on here that we'll have to stay tuned to find out, but for now we see a fake Guardians team and a dog with a backpack and a bunch of wheels for legs called Buddy.  Buddy seems on the up-and-up and helps Groot as they go to Terminal.  Yea, my head is still spinning from all of this as well.

I really don't know what to make of this book yet.  A book with just Groot is a tough sell so I understand going in an odd direction, but this may be too out there for most.  Like I said earlier, the best parts are with the GOG team, but the way shit ended, I have to admit that I want to read the next issue just to find out what's what.  I hope it's worth it.

I did really like Flaviano's art.  It's cute and cool and fits the trippy story being told.  If anything, it reminded me a lot of Invader Zim which I love.

Bits and Pieces:

This is an odd start to a series, but it may be just what it needs.  A Groot book is a hard sell so there has to be more than just "I am Groot" going on and while there is that here, I am still wondering what that actually is.  I liked the art and while this is far from perfect, it was intriguing enough to make me come back next issue.


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