Marvel has announced, via MTV, that the ever loveable and oh so huggable, machine gun wielding Rocket Raccoon is set to get his own solo series this July! Set to be written and drawn by current Wizard of Oz artist Skottie Young, Rocket will be sent on an adventure through the cosmos alongside his always reliable friend Groot.
Skottie likens the new series to the old Looney Tunes cartoons, I can only take that as a good thing. A hearkening back to the days of my childhood reimagined with massive guns and tree people, it sounds like a dream!MTV caught up with Young for an in depth look at the new title but here is a quick excerpt (you can find the whole interview here).
“The first couple of pages, I don’t want to ruin,” Young said laughing. “Usually people don’t want to ruin the last page, but I actually don’t want to ruin the first three pages.”
After whatever happens in pages one through three, we find Rocket watching an “intergalactic MMA wrestling style match,” where his sentient tree friend Groot is fighting a tentacled alien.
“And Rocket is there on a date of sorts,” Young continued. “We’re just having some fun with the idea of the world of space, and a talking raccoon, and a talking tree-like person.”
It already sounds like the best comic ever, I can’t wait to see what happens in those first three pages! The art looks great and the focus seems right up my alley, all of this Guardians stuff just keeps piling up. Marvel sure is pushing that Raccoon hard.
Finally, here is the official press release regarding the new series, enjoy and check back here for all things Rocket, Groot and awesome.
“As defenders of the cosmos go, Rocket Raccoon has faced his fair share of galactic battles. He’s been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a protector of the innocent, a heartthrob to the many intergalactic female species and now–a raccoon on the run?! ( I’m sorry, I’m sorry, a “formidable-and-expert-Guardian” on the run. Rocket is NOT a raccoon, okay?) Rocket’s high-flying life of adventure and heroism may soon be a thing of the past when he becomes a wanted man–and the authorities are not the only one on his TAIL! (We’ll definitely be overusing that pun!) Superstar creator Skottie Young brings his A-game as writer and artist on the series we’ve been waiting decades for.”