Review: Rocket Raccoon: A Chasing Tail (vol. 1)

Posted 9 March, 2016 by Lianne in Comics / 2 Comments

Rocket Raccoon: A Chasing Tail (Volume 1)
By: Skottie Young
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

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?

Superstar creator Skottie Young brings his A-game as writer and artist on the series we’ve been waiting decades for. Because really, this is the only Guardian of the Galaxy you actually care about, right? COLLECTING: Rocket Raccoon 1-6

Err, okay, I’m using the cover for the first issue of the comic series here but they used the same cover for the collected paperback soooooo…

Anyway, I have been waiting for the first collected volume of this series to hit paperback ever since I heard of the series and read the first issue. I love Skottie Young’s artwork–his baby variant covers are so cute & cool–and there was of course his work that he did for Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately, the Milk (review). I thought it was really cool that he decided to head up his own series under Marvel, and Rocket Raccoon seemed perfect for his kind of artwork, and of course the fact that Rocket Raccoon is one of Marvel’s popular characters.

What can I say about this comic? It’s fun, it’s action-packed, it’s hilarious, Rocket Raccoon is…well, he’s Rocket Raccoon. Groot’s with him too, of course, and they go through a ton of scrapes, but it’s very much Rocket’s comic as he’s set up for a murder he did not commit (or at least he didn’t claim for) and the storyline really ties in two major aspects of his character: his status as the last of his kind (or the only one of his kind) and his perchance as a lady’s man. Both colide in a hilarious manner, giving Rocket not only double trouble but a run for his money (no pun intended?). But despite of the humour and the brashness and all of the action, Young also really brought Rocket to life, that character underneath the trigger happy, devil-may-care persona that Rocket has. It was a nice touch, and really balanced out the character in a way.

I was pleasantly surprised at how that arc didn’t run on for too long or carried over to the next comic; in fact, both arcs finished within four issues, leaving the final two chapters as standalones. It of course set up whatever it coming next in his story arc but for the most part it was self-contained, resolved quickly but nicely, and was entertaining all the way through. I also appreciated how the author used the other Guardians of the Galaxy and other Marvel characters, popping in occasionally or at the end.

I don’t know what else to say about this comic except it’s definitely worth checking out! Skottie Young’s art is amazing as always and really adds to Rocket (and Groot)’s story and some of the places he visits over the course of the story are really fascinating and out there. Cannot recommend it enough 😀

Rating: ★★★★★

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