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Rocket Raccoon: Free Comic Book Day Review

5

Fasten your seat belts and get ready to journey to the stars on a crazy adventure with Rocket. There's also an Ultimate Spider-Man (animated series) story.

The Good

This is what Free Comic Book Day comics should be about. First off, let's make it clear, the Rocket Raccoon story is not written or drawn by Skottie Young. He will be writing and drawing a series in July but he only did the cover here. What we do get is a really fun story written by Joe Caramagna and drawn by Adam Archer. Having recently read the ROCKET RACCOON: GUARDIAN OF THE KEYSTONE QUADRANT hardcover, this has feels more like the Rocket from back then. Simply put, it's an all ages story. And that's a good thing.

Adam Archer's art creates a fun vibe. When we have Rocket working with Wal Rus and fighting Blackjack O'Hare, things get a little goofy. But Archer's art and Caramagna's writing makes it all work wonderfully. "All Ages" doesn't have to mean "only for kids" but this is a great way for younger readers to get to know and enjoy the character. Older readers should be able to dig it as well. Unless they just don't like having fun when reading comics.

There's also a reprint of a Ultimate Spider-Man story, based off the animated series. It's written by Caramagna with art by Ty Templeton. Featuring the characters from the series, we fittingly see Spider-Man, White Tiger, Sam Alexander, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist on a space mission for SHIELD. It's another fun story I missed the first time around. Templeton's art is pretty groovy.

The Bad

There's nothing to complain about. This is a great Free Comic Book Day book. It's the perfect one you can hand off to a younger reader to help get them started on comics. It's also another way for newer readers to see Rocket Raccoon (and Groot) in action.

The Verdict

Joe Caramagna and Adam Archer deliver a great and fun Rocket Raccoon story. This is your chance to see Rocket in action outside the Guardians of the Galaxy. There is a frantic pace to the story that gives a nice mix with the visuals. Kids will love this story. Adults will too, unless they're too uptight and don't enjoy fun things. There's also a reprint of a Spider-Man story based on the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series also written by Caramagna with art by Ty Templeton. And let's not forget that great Skottie Young cover. Be sure to try to get your hands on this book.

25 Comments
Posted by powerplay

I will always hate the Ultimate Spider-man show for killing Spectacular Spider-man. Spectacular was the best Spider-man adaptation I have ever seen, including all the movies.

However, that won't stop me from reading about Rocket. How can you not love the fuzzy little guy?

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

"Too uptight and don't enjoy fun things" Mr. Guerrero I know this is a review about a space raccoon, but that just seemed a bit insensitive for a professional review (no offense sir).

Posted by Xwraith

Anybody else notice Rocket actually refers to himself as a raccoon in this?

Posted by DrellAssassin

@captainmarvel4ever: If you consider calling people too uptight and saying they don't enjoy fun things insensitive, then that is a little absurd.

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever
Posted by Maddpanda531

@captainmarvel4ever: If you consider calling people too uptight and saying they don't enjoy fun things insensitive, then that is a little absurd.

How so?

Posted by G-Man

@powerplay: that's totally not the case. That was a Sony Studios project. Animated series unfortunately don't last forever as the costs increase.

Posted by G-Man

@captainmarvel4ever: how's that insensitive? Am I supposed to feel sorry for uptight people? This is a fun comic as it's meant to be. Too many people get too high and mighty, especially when it comes to all ages book.

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

@g_man: But that's the problem, your looking at people in such a one dimensional light, they have more value then that one thought that you can write them off on. Also, why not feel sorry for them? if you think of them as people who have trouble enjoying things, then it sounds like they may need support or kindness from someone else. Saying they think of themselves as high and mighty is another way of over simplifying someone's train of thought, you need to use more empathy and give people the benefit of the doubt. I'm just saying, it's little comments like that that really get to people and make them feel bad for being themselves.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

This was a great and fun story for all ages. I think my 7 year old son just fell in love with Rocket Raccoon. I really wish Marvel and DC would produce more quality all ages comics like this and find a way to mass distribute them to grocery stores, Wal-Mart's, etc. Even if they were only bi-monthly or something. I do think it's important to introduce comics and the characters we all love to younger and hopefully future readers.

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

@captainhoopla: Yeah, the 90's basically killed that. Nowadays the only way to get kids into comics is with the cartoons. Considering how bad Marvels cartoons are right now, and the fact that DC only has Teen Titans Go, along with the fact that they have to compete with Anime, comics are now in trouble.

Edited by AlwaysBeClothing

@xwraith said:

Anybody else notice Rocket actually refers to himself as a raccoon in this?

That's actually something I noticed as well. I thought he normally made a point to note that he is not a raccoon so it was surprising to see it in the free book. The book itself was a fun read and I wish I had picked it up!

Posted by AlKusanagi

I'm pretty sure the whole "I'm not a raccoon" thing is a Bendis concoction. Rocket has been perfectly fine with being called Rocket Raccoon in the past.

Posted by Xwraith

@xwraith said:

Anybody else notice Rocket actually refers to himself as a raccoon in this?

That's actually something I noticed as well. I thought he made a point to note that he is not a raccoon. The book itself was a fun read and I wish I had picked it up!

I'm pretty sure the whole "I'm not a raccoon" thing is a Bendis concoction. Rocket has been perfectly fine with being called Rocket Raccoon in the past.

I read yesterday that one of Bendis' goals is to give Rocket a "serious" reboot. Having him say "I'm not a raccoon" gives him less of a connection to his past self.

Posted by thewalkingdeadpool18

@captainmarvel4ever:

Considering how bad animation is for both companies right now. Marvel and DC animated shows suck right now and the last DC movie Son of Batman was pure garbage.

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

@thewalkingdeadpool18: I consider Son of Batman to be separate from the animated TV shows Marvel and DC are making. I also don't think it was bad, which means a lot considering I'm not a Batman fan. I do have some issues with it, the most prominent being the over use of Deathstroke.

Posted by Ms-Lola

This was really fun to read and my nephews loved it. I got to meet Ty Templeton yesterday and he was handing out this free book himself, which was awesome. The Spidey story is hilarious and it was great having Rocket portrayed with a strong sense of right and wrong, even at his own expense.