Published: March 3rd, 2015
Rocket Raccoon, Vol. 1: A Chasing Tale
By: Skottie Young
Rocket Raccoon has been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a heartthrob to many intergalactic females, but his high-flying life of adventure may be a thing of the past when he's framed for murder -- and the authorities aren't the only one on his tail! (Get it? Tail?) The real killer is an imposter who seems to be one step ahead of Rocket at every turn...now it's up to our hero and his best pal Groot to find the truth! With Macho Gomez and the Ex-Terminators tracking him, can Rocket make it out alive and clear his name?
If there's any comic that I can get behing whimsical, unrealistic-in-every-way artwork, it would be a comic starring Rocket Raccoon and his ever present buddy, Groot. So this time, it wasn't the art that got on my nerves. In fact there really wasn't much of anything that got on my nerves, so to speak. It was yet another case of the "mehs" for me with this book. I really enjoyed the first few issues, but I felt like it ran out of steam and I must be the only one who read this that DIDN'T enjoy the issue that was all "I Am Groot"s and pretty artwork. This whole book starts with Rocket on a quest to find the surviving member(s) of his race, that he found out about recently. Oh, and to clear his name of murder. Not that he hasn't committed murder before, but this rap sheet doesn't actually belong to him. So, it has to be another from his race, right? Then there's also the matter of all the ex-girlfriends that are trying to kill Rocket, for overall being a womanizing douchebag!
As soon as the story arc from the first three issues was tidied up, I felt like the last half of the "story" was just filler. And I think that's half of my problem with reading Marvel comics over DC. No matter which publisher, there's a 50/50 shot as to whether or not it's going to be any good, no matter what. But when you look at the pros and cons, I usually choose DC over Marvel. It tends to be because Marvels trade volumes are about 20-30 pages shorter (2 issues, give or take). Also, the story arcs, at least from the trades that I've read, seem to be more pointless/used to less effect. About half the volume is filler, unlike DC where even if it's shitty, all of it's pertinent. I guess what I've been learning from reading Marvel, and what I learned from reading Rocket Raccoon in particular, is that I'm old and a fun-sucker. Which, y'know, doesn't make me Marvel's ideal audience. In other words, I'm the perfect DC fan (to my DC-fan friends, just admit it to yourself).
VERDICT: 3/5 Stars
**No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores, online, or maybe even at your local library.**