Graphic Novel Review 284/365: Rocket Raccoon

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Today continues Hero Week, a week of cool/colorful heroes in preparation for Infinity War, opening tonight!  Day Five brings us a comic about what might be the only character in Infinity War that I will cry if he dies.  I have not yet seen the film, so I do not know, but I love me some Rocket…

Title: Rocket Raccoon 

Author(s): Skottie Young w/Jean-Francois Beaulieu on colors

Publisher: Marvel Comics (2014)

Age Rating: 13+

If you read this blog religiously, you know how much I love me some Skottie Young.  The dude is a beast, and while he is from my hood, I have sadly never met him, but someday I hope to grab a drink and chat comics with the dude.

I have not yet reviewed his 2014 run of Rocket Raccoon, but Hero Week the day Infinity War officially hits theaters is a good day for it.  As I mentioned above, if anything happens to my furry buddy in the film, I’ll lose my stuff!  Rocket is such a rich, complex character that the wit and style of Young can only add to the Marvel favorite.  I’d also like to add that Rocket’s story in the Telltale video game is also stellar, so if you like those games, go get the Guardians one as soon as possible.

This Rocket Raccoon book is as fun as you’d imagine with two main story arcs in the first four issues: Rocket running from a group of ex-girlfriends that are trying to kill him for being a jerk; and he is framed for murder by what seems to be another creature like him, and he becomes obsessed with the idea of not being the only creature like himself in the galaxy.

The two plots marry well, but the best part of this run is the art and dialogue.  Bright, almost neon, colors tell the story of this troubled raccoon.  Like most of us, Rocket hides behind a wall as to not face his demons, and in this case, Beaulieu does an outstanding job of making that wall as distracting for us (and Rocket) as possible.

It’s a hero run that’s not normal.  It’s not Captain America or Iron Man traditional.  This book is what I want my hero books to be: crazy space action with comedy and heart.  I thank you for the emotional and visual journey, Skottie, let’s hit up De Ja Brew sometime for a bite; my treat!

Happy reading!

Eric

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