Monday, May 15, 2017

Rocket #1 Review - Marvel Monday

Written by: Al Ewing
Art by: Adam Gorham and Michael Garland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 10, 2017
Review by: Andrew McAvoy (He's from Belfast!)

I know what you're thinking; "didn't we just have a Rocket issue 1 last year?". The answer to that question is no. You had a Rocket Raccon: Grounded miniseries issue 1 last year. This is Rocket issue #1. Surely not an attempt to get another issue 1 on the shelf? No, no sir, this is clearly a different animal, except he ain't no animal. He ain't no Racoon either. Okay, lets just run with it - without further adieu, lets see what this issue is all about.

Okay, so at the end of last month we left Rocket at the end of his brief sojourn on Earth, and he wasn't too happy. He had been hunted for sport alongside other alien lifeforms on Earth, photographed by tourists and (after a tustle with an alien bounty hunter) blew up the Statue of Liberty. Then, after a brief spell of incarceration, he masterminded an escape for his fellow aliens from a specialist alien prison camp, before transporting them off-planet with the help of a friendly Inhuman. Let's just say he was a busy guy.

By the time we switch to this new series though he is already well on his way to forgetting his trip to Earth, as he drowns his sorrows in a bar on Digriz. The bar serves Gargle Blasters. Rocket is well on his way to a state of oblivion and when we meet him there's only him, the bottle and some memories. Oh, and a barman called Squiddy. Which is all fine until Rocket's ex-love Otta comes up to him while he's in his cups, and begs for his help. What Flarking timing! Despite initial protestations from our titular hero, Otta "plays the broken strings of his heart like a Zadivarius" and soon he is on his way to helping out an old flame. Before he does so though he has to assemble a crack squad in an effort to help out Otta's home world against a threat from a greedy corporation. Oh, and did I mention there's a big score in it for Rocket too? All he has to do is crack his way into an ultra-secure vault.

Soon he has assembled an all new support team from The Technet, a group of time travelling super-mercs, but fractious with it. After some bitter in-fighting there are only four Technetters left...and an egg. Rocket deems this to be a good round number for a split of the winnings and soon they are on their way to the job, suited and booted in some stylish attire. Hard-Boiled Henry (the egg) turns out to be the secret weapon no-one expects and he also gets some of the best lines in this book which maintains the hilarious dialogue which was the trademark of the Grounded series.

I liked this book. Although it was still putting the pieces of the puzzle in place for the series, who doesn't like a heist story? Plus when the crew attempting it is as fun as this one there's some laughter guaranteed. A nice solid start to the series, some crackling dialogue from Al Ewing and the art by Adam Gorham was great. Good to flarking go! Also, I noticed that it was filed under the genre, "Anthropomorphic Superhero" by my supplier so that gave me a bonus laugh.


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