Sunday, September 14, 2014

I Reads You Review: ROCKET RACCOON #1 (2014)


WRITER/ARTIST: Skottie Young
COLORS: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
COVER: Skottie Young
VARIANT COVERS: Skottie Young; Leonel Castellani; David Peterson; J. Scott Campbell with Nei Ruffino; Sara Pichelli with Justin Ponsor; Jeff Smith with Tom Gaadt; and Dale Keown with Jason Keith
28pp, Color, $3.99 (September 2014)

Rocket Raccoon created by Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen

Rated T

“A Chasing Tale” Part 1

Rocket Raccoon, the space-based Marvel Comics superhero created by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Keith Giffen (first appearing in Marvel Preview #7 – cover dated: Summer 1976), received a snazzy makeover in 2008.  He's verbose, proactive, and doesn't mind popping a cap in sentient ass.  He even recently received his first ongoing comic book series, Rocket Raccoon, written and drawn by Skottie Young and colored by Jean-Francois Beaulieu.  This is also the first ongoing comic book series both written and drawn by Young.

Rocket Raccoon #1 (“A Chasing Tale” Part 1) opens three years in the past, showing how Rocket rescued Amalya, who would apparently become his girlfriend.  Moving to the present, Rocket is on Planet Nivlent, where Rocket's Guardians of the Galaxy teammate, Groot (a sentient tree-like creature), is fighting in a wrestling match.  It is there that Rocket discovers that he is a wanted man... err... raccoon... hmm... being.  In fact, Rocket is wanted for committing several murderers, which he doesn't remember committing.

I really didn't care for Rocket Raccoon #1 after reading the first 11 pages.  When the story brings in Rocket's Guardians teammate, Star-Lord, the story changes into something fun and exciting.  The energy in the story simply explodes.  I can say that the art for the entire issue is fantastic.  Skottie Young and Jean-Francois Beaulieu are a match made in comic book heaven.

There is a Saturday morning cartoon quality to the art that really takes off in the second half.  From a graphical standpoint, Rocket Raccoon #1 doesn't really look like a Marvel comic book.  In fact, Skottie Young doesn't seem like a Marvel Comics artist, which makes this Rocket Raccoon comic book look like an indie book put out by Oni Press or Top Shelf Productions.  For Marvel Comics fans, however, Rocket Raccoon looks like it will be something different, and the Marvel Universe could use a little different – something that does not look standardized.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux

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