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REVIEW: “Rocket Racoon #2” Thrusting Woodland Creature

By Cody Mudge

REVIEW: "Rocket Racoon #2" Thrusting Woodland Creature

Written by: Skottie Young

Art by: Skottie Young

Published by: Marvel Comics

$3.99

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Skottie Young is only two issues into his run, but, he’s well on his way to creating a character-defining epic that has become one of the most delightful comics to read in the current comic book marketplace. Young’s sharp wit, charm and amazing sense of humour bursts from this book. Young’s fingerprints are everywhere and it comes as no surprise that the book is easily one of the best looking comics of the week and also one of the most pleasantly scripted. Guardians of the Galaxy is a bona fide blockbuster, and one of the best movies of the year, and the party continues in a series that captures the magic of the film. If this series can capitalize on even a small percentage of the momentum the character has gained thanks to the recent blockbuster blowout then we could be looking at Marvel’s newest cosmic hit.

If you don’t know Young for his wonderful work on various Oz series for Marvel Comics, then you ought to know him for his adorable baby variant covers. It’s great to have Young attain such a commanding presence on a book that gives him a ton of story-telling freedom. “Rocket Racoon #2” seems more like a creator-owned series than a corporate one in all of the best ways. It’s hilariously self-aware and pokes fun at anything and everything. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and the story is internally consistent. This is the front-runner for stepping into Marvel’s need to fill the enormous shoes left by the cancellation of Hawkeye.

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It’s impossible to overstate the ridiculous charm and appeal that this series has. Unless you’re a curmudgeon that demands a strict sense of lasting drama from your comics (good luck with that by the way) then you’re sure to find plenty to love about this series. The wait between issues is more than worth it when you get 20+ pages of splendid artwork. Too often are we subject to Marvel and DC pulling the rug out from under an artist or piling multiple artists onto a book in order for it to meet a shipping schedule. This is pure, undiluted, unadulterated comic book brilliance and it will have you wanting to show whoever is in the room with you what you’re smiling at. So far this series is enjoying smooth sailing and here’s to hoping that the integrity of this book is never compromised.

There might be too many dirty jokes for this comic to fly with the younger readers but as always I recommend parents use their discretion to determine whether there are too many loosely buried innuendos in this book for their kids. As an adult, and I use that term loosely, I loved the grown-up humour infused into the book. The juvenile in me, which is to say most of me, found this book to be a riot to read and imagine just what sort of sordid thing Rocket had done that Groot was making fun of.

A more apt title for this series may have been Rocket Raccoon and Groot as the wooden Guardian has been a pivotal character for this young series. Groot’s presence is charming partially because of his recent silver screen debut and because Young works magic with the “I am Groot” jokes but part of me wonders if that’s going to become a distraction in the coming issues. Kind of like how C3PO translating for R2D2 starts out endearing and then just gets annoying. Is it really too much to just have a damn speech unit installed in the droid? I mean, you’re in the long, long ago in the far, far away, is it really that hard? That’s completely unrelated though so back to the task at hand. Groot may just be a fixture while this book gets off the ground but it’s hard to deny the incredible chemistry the two protagonists have at the present moment.

Verdict:

“Rocket Racoon #2” is basically a perfect follow-up to the stellar debut from last month. Young is off to an amazing start and if he can keep this up this comic will command a significant cult following soon enough. The impossible charm of the lead character combined with terrific artwork at every turn and a cleverly written story make this a comic that easily qualifies as one of the masterpieces of the week – a must-read!

“Rocket Raccoon #2” earns 9.7 / 10