Sneak Peek: Rocket Raccoon & Groot Get Miniseries

Published on July 27th, 2010

When it comes to Marvel Comics, I live and breathe for the cosmic comics they publish. The cosmic goodness is consistently outstanding and it’s all down to Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning who nail the science fiction genre in maintstream comic books like no other(s) around today.

rocketraccoongrootJust as there are many other cosmic fans in the same boat as me, we were all quite astounded when Abnett & Lanning revealed at SDCC last week, that Rocket Raccoon and Groot will eventually be getting a 4 issue miniseries of their own. It’s barking mad at first thought, but actually a brilliant idea. Both characters are staples within the Guardians of the Galaxy and the cosmic continuity at that. I mean, Rocket Raccoon has even been around since 1975 to say the least.

The duo are only at the stage of scripting the miniseries at the moment, and say that ‘The Thanos Imperative’ takes charge right now, as it effects quite literally ‘everything’. DnA do not want to reveal too much about the future miniseries at all. Though the continuity of the series is established, and it is “something that’s happening tangentially, or at an earlier time”. It is also said to feature some Raccoon and Groot’s friends from the cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy, who could play minor roles in this miniseries, though DnA are still scripting which other characters to involve. It is said to feature some new faces too, which sounds interesting. We can expect some “Douglas Adams style humour” as well, which suits Rocket Raccoon perfectly.

The cover for the first issue is drawn by iconic artist, writer and creator Mike Mignola. Mignola provided some of his earliest pencils for a Rocket Raccoon miniseries back in 1985, so it is only fitting (and quite an honour) to have this comic genius provide a front cover for a series he first drew over 20 years ago. It’s a beautiful cover too, and it’s been a while since I’ve seen a science fiction themed Mike Mignola cover.

This series is one to look out and keep an eye open for. No release dates or anything have been marked yet, but you can be sure to expect the series sometime in the near future. For now, let’s enjoy ‘The Thanos Imperative’!

Rob Andrews