Scottie Young is a bit of a unique figure in the comic industry. He’s almost more of a cartoonist, and he one can both write and draw well. He’s well-known for his “baby” comics, which are always delightful to read. A-Babies vs. X-Babies is particularly entertaining on that front, and anyone who read the main Avengers vs. X-Men event must hunt it down and read it. He has a delightful sense of humour in both is writing and his cartoonish art. He’s also done a variant cover for almost every Marvel Now #1. Now he’s been given an ongoing title about Rocket Raccoon, and when my local shop was short on the one title I planned to pick up, I bought this instead. I’m so glad that I did.
Rocket Raccoon 1 is the most enjoyable comic of the week. It kicks off with Rocket sneaking up to two guards discussing some show about a living planet. The scene perfectly sets the mood for the title, which is mostly a mix of humour and a slice of adventure. This is best described as a comedy adventure and not an adventure comedy, yet the plot is still interesting.
The art is very charming. It’s a mostly cartoonish look, which perfectly matches the comedic tone. It contradicts Rocket’s thuggish attitude, but the contradiction actually works in the comic’s favour. There are all sorts of visual gags thrown in, so much so that it’s hard to pick one to describe. And for a cartoon-style look, there’s a lot of detail in the environments.
This review is short, not because it’s a hard book to talk about, but because I don’t want to spoil it. As an apology, please enjoy the variant cover below. There’s just so much to enjoy in Rocket Raccoon 1. If you like comics or are interested in the Guardians of the Galaxy, make sure to at least read this comic.