Rocket Raccoon Gets His Own Comic Series By Skottie Young

Good news for Raccoonatics (fans of Rocket Raccoon)! Our favorite gun-toting raccoon is getting his own series! Starting in July of this year, just before the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Marvel will release Rocket Raccoon #1, written and illustrated by Skottie Young. The series will play up the humor of the character, and will eventually blend in elements from his origin on Halfworld. Skottie Young also has described the series as not only for kids, but just enough edge for adults too. Here's the plot description:
"As defenders of the cosmos go, Rocket Raccoon has faced his fair share of galactic battles. He's been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a protector of the innocent, a heartthrob to the many intergalactic female species and now--a raccoon on the run?! ( I'm sorry, I'm sorry, a "formidable-and-expert-Guardian" on the run. Rocket is NOT a raccoon, okay?) Rocket's high-flying life of adventure and heroism may soon be a thing of the past when he becomes a wanted man--and the authorities are not the only one on his TAIL! (We'll definitely be overusing that pun!) Superstar creator Skottie Young brings his A-game as writer and artist on the series we've been waiting decades for."
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Source: MTV News

25 comments:

  1. This series will sell like hot cakes. Especially after August.

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  2. Yes! Yes! Yes! I can't wait for this. This summer is going to be freakin' awesome.

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  3. Sigh...once again they push their anti-raccoon agenda on us. He's a freakin' raccoon Marvel.

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    1. Agreed. :( Ruined a perfectly awesome segment.

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  4. That sound you may have just heard? Was me. Squealing.

    JULY CANNOT GET HERE QUICK ENOUGH.

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  5. So Rocket has raccoon in his name, is drawn as a raccoon, but he is not a raccoon. It seems like this is the harder route for Marvel rather than just saying he's a raccoon and be done with it. Because, lets face it, he IS a raccoon. If they would release an origin special or explain it somewhere in the comics than that might make things a little better, but I can't figure out Marvel's reasoning for doing this.

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    1. Same here. Maybe he's a raccoon but just doesn't like to be called a raccoon, ever since he found out how unintelligent most raccoons are (compared to him).

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    2. I really, really, *really* hope that is the direction they take. I would be completely ok with that.

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    3. Did you read the 4 issue mini series published in 85 or 87? He's from Halfworld in the Keystone Quadrant. Initially, he wasn't a earth raccoon.

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    4. Did I read... I have read every single comic Rocket has appeared in. I am his number one fan. I wrote the biography for him that is on this site and write a recurring segment specifically focusing on Rocket Raccoon. Not born on Earth, no, but the colonists who created the Halfworld Asylum brought with them animals that were genetically modified. Before Bendis began writing, Rocket was, definitively a "genetically modified raccoon". The narrative called him "raccoon", Rocket called himself "raccoon" (e.g. "Never doubt a raccoon.")

      It was 1985. And DnA further examined, and to some extent reimagined, that period of his past in the Annihilators side feature, released in 2011.

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    5. Also run a site, the Raccooniverse, everything anyone could need to know about Rocket Raccoon, you should really check it out... http://rocketraccoonatic.wix.com/raccooniverse

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    6. In Nova, Sam called Rocket a raccoon and he got mad about it, but the plot synopsis still called him a raccoon. Since both of those points are from the same series and the same writer, I'd say that's a good indication that Cameron's theory is probably accurate.

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  6. Is this a miniseries? Because my wallet can't handeld the awesomeness!

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    1. Nope, not a miniseries. It will be an ongoing series.

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  7. Rocket is gonna be the cosmic Wolverine.

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  8. I would not worry about the play on whether he is a raccoon or not. In the comics, it's an ongoing joke that people refer to him as a raccoon and he gets pissed off. It would be like somebody calling you a Neanderthal.
    I look forward to reading this comic with my son. The Guardians of the Galaxy comics are always so fun. I find myself laughing out loud even though they some how keep the story serious, action packed and thought provoking. Guardians are the perfect balance of sci-fi action mixed with comic relief. They should really think about making Guardians of the Galaxy into a movie. :)

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    1. It is an ongoing joke since Bendis took over. Before that, Rocket called himself a raccoon numerous times. Specific moments are "Never doubt a raccoon." and "And that's how we do things in the Raccooniverse." But there were other times he called himself in a simple matter-of-fact manner.

      My default mode is to think things are awesome, seriously. I'm just not a very critical person. I would not complain about something like this so much unless it really felt off to me.

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    2. If he's not a genetically engineered raccoon, he's a genetically engineered space raccoon, which isn't a whole lot better. I'm not a genetically engineered neanderthal, things are a bit different. Plus it doesn't really fit the character for him to just flip out over some petty perceived insult, especially to the extent of violence. He's kind of a joke character in a lot of ways, but the joke isn't that he's a lunatic. And if your joke requires your character getting mad at being referred to by what is apparently his own name, that's a bad start.

      Worst of all though is it's just a super unfunny joke. He gets mad because he's not a raccoon (again, bad setup), so then the punchline is violence. It's the laziest shit.

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  9. Let's all stop complaining needlessly about if they call him a raccoon or not. You all know what he is so just let that be it. Dang.

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  10. The one sentence did sour the press release snippet for me. I must emphasize, though, that I am very happy, overall, that Rocket is getting his own series, and I am quite looking forward to reading it. I realize not everyone who reads this also follows my Twitter but, really, I have been saying very positive things about this news on Twitter all day. Skottie Young is a great artist and this is an awesome opportunity for Rocket Raccoon in what is truly the Year of the Raccoon.

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  11. Abnett and Lanning's Omnibus, Groot and Rocket GN, Ongoing Rocket series, Ongoing Guardians series, movie merchandise, sigh goodbye money.

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    1. I know. It is crazy. Raccoonatics went from having barely anything to buy (did an FA 'bout that) to now havin' way too much stuff to buy. Of course, I definitely prefer the latter. Not complaining.

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  12. I am so looking forward to this! I read the 4 issue mini series from the 80s and I still love it. Skottie will hit the humorous tone right on the mark!

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