Graphic Novel Review: Rocket Raccoon: Storytailer
- Credit: Archant
The fur is flying once again in this Guardians of the Galaxy spin-off...
There shouldn’t be as much fun and entertainment in the adventures of a gun-toting alien raccoon and his best buddy, an anthropomorphic giant tree with a three-word vocabulary, but then this is comics, and who would have thought a teenager with arachnid traits would have been a best-seller for half a century?
In contrast to fellow Guardian Star-Lord’s solo book, Rocket’s title never tries too hard to be funny, but has a natural charm and ease of touch which permeates throughout, with the cantankerous critter’s personality much more rounded than Peter Quill’s sub-standard Han Solo rip-off.
Writer Scottie Young knows his protagonists like the back of his hand, and comfortably weaves them into a series of narratives which are not only engrossing in their own right, but also serve to further develop the characters of each.
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The ongoing hunt for the secrets of Rocket’s origin is resolved here in a typically unconventional manner, but the highlight of this collection has to be the furry fugitive’s exploits on an ice planet in the company of a warrior princess, as they desperately search for a cure to a virus which may just kill his best pal Groot.
In fact, the friendship between the riotous rodent and his arboreal ally is at the heart of this series, which allows for a poignancy that breaks up the moments of mayhem and bloodshed found splattered throughout the rest of the book.
- 1 14 of the best places for a curry in Hertfordshire according to readers
- 2 Campaign to save Harpenden pub which teamed up with Wheathampstead Indian restaurant
- 3 11 of the prettiest streets in St Albans
- 4 Nightmare return for Joe Newton as own-goal gives St Albans City victory over Havant
- 5 St Albans City over bad start says Chris Winton as improved results and performances continue against Havant
- 6 St Albans Charter Market meeting to be held in public
- 7 Remembering one of Hertfordshire's best-known estate agents
- 8 Man in his 80s dies after collision between lorry and mobility scooter
- 9 Classic cars raise money for three Harpenden charities
- 10 Former Coventry City junior Joe Newton has eyes on a return to the professional game
It’s a shame this particular series is going to become another victim of the Secret Wars clear-out, as Marvel cancels various titles in the run-up to this crossover epic, but one would hope that the success of this volume and its predecessor will mean we don’t have to wait too long for Rocket Raccoon to fly again.