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It's a cosmic calamity as Rocket tries to fix his past...er... bad calls! Next stop: the dreaded WINTER PLANET ! Winter all the time? Worst. Planet. Ever. The meanest, toughest, wittiest, and furriest guardian of the galaxy just broke out his BIGGEST GUNS . Rocket Raccoon rockets into our hearts with the series beloved by Marvel fans everywhere! Collecting: Rocket Raccoon 7 It's a cosmic calamity as Rocket tries to fix his past...er... bad calls! Next stop: the dreaded WINTER PLANET ! Winter all the time? Worst. Planet. Ever. The meanest, toughest, wittiest, and furriest guardian of the galaxy just broke out his BIGGEST GUNS . Rocket Raccoon rockets into our hearts with the series beloved by Marvel fans everywhere! Collecting: Rocket Raccoon 7-11


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It's a cosmic calamity as Rocket tries to fix his past...er... bad calls! Next stop: the dreaded WINTER PLANET ! Winter all the time? Worst. Planet. Ever. The meanest, toughest, wittiest, and furriest guardian of the galaxy just broke out his BIGGEST GUNS . Rocket Raccoon rockets into our hearts with the series beloved by Marvel fans everywhere! Collecting: Rocket Raccoon 7 It's a cosmic calamity as Rocket tries to fix his past...er... bad calls! Next stop: the dreaded WINTER PLANET ! Winter all the time? Worst. Planet. Ever. The meanest, toughest, wittiest, and furriest guardian of the galaxy just broke out his BIGGEST GUNS . Rocket Raccoon rockets into our hearts with the series beloved by Marvel fans everywhere! Collecting: Rocket Raccoon 7-11

30 review for Rocket Raccoon, Volume 2: Storytailer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Stuck on an ice planet, Rocket’s gotta steal a dragon’s egg to save Groot’s life! Kaiju-sized Groot fights Rocket Jaegar! Rocket reads the Book of Halfworld and discovers his past! The second Rocket Raccoon book, Storytailer (arf), is a jumbled collection of shallow stories that are basically filler issues instead of a more preferable single narrative arc. They’re all perfectly ok but aren’t especially exciting or interesting. D’you think Rocket will save Groot’s life on the ice planet? Exactly, Stuck on an ice planet, Rocket’s gotta steal a dragon’s egg to save Groot’s life! Kaiju-sized Groot fights Rocket Jaegar! Rocket reads the Book of Halfworld and discovers his past! The second Rocket Raccoon book, Storytailer (arf), is a jumbled collection of shallow stories that are basically filler issues instead of a more preferable single narrative arc. They’re all perfectly ok but aren’t especially exciting or interesting. D’you think Rocket will save Groot’s life on the ice planet? Exactly, no tension. So we watch as Rocket and “Groot Stand-In Character” go through the motions, blasting their way to the predictable finale. The story where Groot’s a giant monster tearing up Earth and only Rocket in a Jaegar-type robot can stop him is meh as well. It’s a throwaway one-shot that’s only about the visual of these two characters as giants and its tossed-off ending. And speaking of throwaway, there’s the final story. The series so far has loosely been about Rocket trying to discover his origins – is he the last of his species? What species is that and where is he from? He finds out what his deal is from the Book of Halfworld and that’s it. He’s not that bothered. Pretty anticlimactic! Then it’s back to getting chased by the space cops, getting thrown in jail, etc. etc. the usual Rocket and Groot shenanigans. Actually I didn’t mind the way the book ended. It’s a neat way of acknowledging Rocket’s weird and whacky past from the ‘70s/’80s comics while at the same time saying Marvel will not be returning to those days either. It also puts an end to the melancholic Rocket mooning about his unknown past – people want Rocket to be happy-go-lucky, not depressed! Now he’s got closure he can move on and he does. Dark and brooding characters are another (much less popular) comics publisher’s speciality… It’s a shame Skottie Young doesn’t draw any of the issues as his artwork is superb – he draws the covers though and they look awesome. Filipe Andrade’s art is fine but nowhere near as memorable or unique while Jake Parker’s art is very similar to Young’s which is really weird to see! Like a kid’s cartoon show, Young’s stories are pleasant and easily digestible but are a bit too slight and very forgettable. Storytailer is an average, disposable quick read and little else.

  2. 5 out of 5

    kristen ♡

    again, the artwork is AMAZING!! breathtaking. rocket is always awesome and so is groot. this is basically a collection of stories of the two of them. some of them are better than the others but some are confusing and forgettable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Some of the best mindless fun comics out there. I've always kind of disliked Skottie Young's work, but I guess he was just made for this book. Some of the best mindless fun comics out there. I've always kind of disliked Skottie Young's work, but I guess he was just made for this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    An 11 issue second volume further seeking out to capitalise on the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, just OK fare. 6 out of 12. An 11 issue second volume further seeking out to capitalise on the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, just OK fare. 6 out of 12.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    The second (and last?) volume of Rocket's adventures is really great fun. I was initially concerned about the change of artist but the new guy really won me over. He has some really solid cartooning chops. I'm old enough to have bought and loved the original Bill Mantlo/Mike Mignola Rocket Raccoon mini-series in the '80s and this volume is both a love letter to that old chestnut and a way of telling us old gits that Rocket's never going back there, no matter how nostalgic we might get. I can dig The second (and last?) volume of Rocket's adventures is really great fun. I was initially concerned about the change of artist but the new guy really won me over. He has some really solid cartooning chops. I'm old enough to have bought and loved the original Bill Mantlo/Mike Mignola Rocket Raccoon mini-series in the '80s and this volume is both a love letter to that old chestnut and a way of telling us old gits that Rocket's never going back there, no matter how nostalgic we might get. I can dig it. This is Marvel's way of telling us Rocket's staying the cantankerous, bloodthirsty critter that made the Guardians of the Galaxy movie such an enormous hit. He's basically Marvel's new Wolverine, isn't he? Not bad for a character that started out as an obvious jokey reference to a Beatles song, eh? BLAM! Murdered ya!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    The big story about Rocket's origins was kind of a letdown. (view spoiler)[Was it space considerations (brought on by Secret Wars) that lead to the totally anticlimactic, "Nah, not doing this," ending? (hide spoiler)] I almost wish that the concept had been totally ignored instead, because the other issues were fun to read. Young obviously isn't the deepest writer around, but his style worked quite well with something of the relative emotional weight of Rocket Raccoon. That said, some of the sce The big story about Rocket's origins was kind of a letdown. (view spoiler)[Was it space considerations (brought on by Secret Wars) that lead to the totally anticlimactic, "Nah, not doing this," ending? (hide spoiler)] I almost wish that the concept had been totally ignored instead, because the other issues were fun to read. Young obviously isn't the deepest writer around, but his style worked quite well with something of the relative emotional weight of Rocket Raccoon. That said, some of the scenes with Groot were very well done, giving real weight to the relationship between the two without getting too heavy for the rest of the book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    The best part of this was when they mocked his origin story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Another fun-but-frivolous entry in the Rocket Racoon canon from Skottie Young. As with the first volume, the art in this one really takes center stage, doing all the heavy lifting to keep things upbeat and engaging. Without the great work of Filipe Andrade and Jake Parker, each story in this volume would read like a story you've read a million times elsewhere. However, their visual flare and comedic approach to storytelling really makes this worth a read. I read this on an iPad, and found myself Another fun-but-frivolous entry in the Rocket Racoon canon from Skottie Young. As with the first volume, the art in this one really takes center stage, doing all the heavy lifting to keep things upbeat and engaging. Without the great work of Filipe Andrade and Jake Parker, each story in this volume would read like a story you've read a million times elsewhere. However, their visual flare and comedic approach to storytelling really makes this worth a read. I read this on an iPad, and found myself zooming in on certain panels and really taking in the details. It's fantastic work from the two artists, and makes me want to find other things they've worked on. However, the stories are just kind of... bleh. They're really just avenues to big set pieces. Rocket's dialogue is pretty corny most of the time, and the plots themselves are predictable as all hell. Even the final story, which is meant to reveal some of Rocket's backstory, feels rushed and distanced from any emotional core. I mean, Rocket meets the first other survivor of his homeworld he's ever encountered, and he treats it like an annoyance rather than a shock. It's very weak, and I didn't know what I was supposed to take away from it. All in all, this is a pretty skippable series, with the saving grace being its, you guessed it, art. It's a very fast read, though, so maybe just fly through it some afternoon if you're in the mood. Or don't! I don't know!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anchorpete

    I had recently written that I did not like things that were written by Scottie Young, but I really enjoyed his artwork. This book makes me have to take that statement back. I didn't necessarily love this book, but I enjoyed reading it a bit more than Young's book- I hate fairyland. It works best having the Rocket and Groot combination. I think that is why they eventually relaunched the book with the two of them together. I had recently written that I did not like things that were written by Scottie Young, but I really enjoyed his artwork. This book makes me have to take that statement back. I didn't necessarily love this book, but I enjoyed reading it a bit more than Young's book- I hate fairyland. It works best having the Rocket and Groot combination. I think that is why they eventually relaunched the book with the two of them together.

  10. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    I'm really torn with how many stars I want to give. On the one hand, I just loved it. Rocket is adorable. His misadventures are so amusing. He gets himself into more trouble than he makes. What's not to love about a smartass little furball? On the other hand, I didn't fully love it. The stories are too quick. I feel like there should have been more to the story line, or more as far as other stories added (like Volume 1's addition of a story from Groot's comic books). I was left feeling like I nee I'm really torn with how many stars I want to give. On the one hand, I just loved it. Rocket is adorable. His misadventures are so amusing. He gets himself into more trouble than he makes. What's not to love about a smartass little furball? On the other hand, I didn't fully love it. The stories are too quick. I feel like there should have been more to the story line, or more as far as other stories added (like Volume 1's addition of a story from Groot's comic books). I was left feeling like I needed so much more. I will say I loved the crossover of Rocket with the Avengers...in the far, far distant future. Old Stark and Cap...And I think the Clintasha crowd would be pleased because in one of the images, there seems to be Natasha Romanov with two younglings who are carrying bows & arrows and wearing Hawkeye's violet color... You be the judge. I enjoyed the continuation of the MAIN STORY: Rocket having to deal with all of his old conquests. That cheeky racoon. And I did, so very much, enjoy the illustrations, which is what graphic novels are all about, IMO. The best part was the additional variant covers and art in the back of the book. Overall, I think four stars is about right. (Three for number of stories, Five for art and The Avengers) It wasn't the love at first volume continuing for me, but it was good. *I NEED A HERO READ - MAY 2016*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    Every bit as crazy fun as volume one! Skottie Young has a knack for writing Rocket that is beautiful to behold. The combination of action and humor is irresistible. There's a single page image in this book, the cover of one of the individual comics, I believe, and it depicts Rocket with a maniacal grin and an unbelievably huge and complex gun complete with everything you could possibly want in a deadly weapon including the kitchen sink, and he's saying, "Say hello to my little friend!" I so want Every bit as crazy fun as volume one! Skottie Young has a knack for writing Rocket that is beautiful to behold. The combination of action and humor is irresistible. There's a single page image in this book, the cover of one of the individual comics, I believe, and it depicts Rocket with a maniacal grin and an unbelievably huge and complex gun complete with everything you could possibly want in a deadly weapon including the kitchen sink, and he's saying, "Say hello to my little friend!" I so want this on a T-shirt. The book bogs down a bit towards the end when Rocket finds the Book of the Half World, which seems rushed and unsatisfying--it's over much too quickly, though perhaps this will be expanded on in the next volume.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gayle Francis

    Young continues to impress with the ability to balance between Rocket's ridiculous antics and real, emotional moments. His exploration of the friendship between Rocket and Groot is interesting and in-depth. I love the artists brought onto the book. All together, it's a great book that gives fun action, silly moments, real friendship moments, and a whole lot of story all at once. Young continues to impress with the ability to balance between Rocket's ridiculous antics and real, emotional moments. His exploration of the friendship between Rocket and Groot is interesting and in-depth. I love the artists brought onto the book. All together, it's a great book that gives fun action, silly moments, real friendship moments, and a whole lot of story all at once.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    3.5. I loved the first story, but I wasn't very into the rest of them. I do love Rocket and Groot though. Maybe Groot more than Rocket. But there is something about that little murderous furball that I connect with. 3.5. I loved the first story, but I wasn't very into the rest of them. I do love Rocket and Groot though. Maybe Groot more than Rocket. But there is something about that little murderous furball that I connect with.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Galaxy Adventurer

    *4.5 stars*

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Just like the previous volume, this is a quick, entertaining read. You can read it, enjoy it, then forget it (in the sense that you don't have to add what happens here to your "what I need to care about for canon" memory)--which is exactly what I wanted when I picked it up. I didn't want Rocket Raccoon to be all that deep. I wanted to be engaged and entertained while I read it--and I was. I chuckled now and again, and, all around, had a good time while reading it. I especially liked how the stor Just like the previous volume, this is a quick, entertaining read. You can read it, enjoy it, then forget it (in the sense that you don't have to add what happens here to your "what I need to care about for canon" memory)--which is exactly what I wanted when I picked it up. I didn't want Rocket Raccoon to be all that deep. I wanted to be engaged and entertained while I read it--and I was. I chuckled now and again, and, all around, had a good time while reading it. I especially liked how the story ended full circle: Back in prison, about to use Groot to escape. All in all, this was a fun little series. Worth checking out if you want something quick and fun, or if you like Skottie Young's writing style. If you liked him in Deadpool, you'll like him in this series, too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    I love the Filipe Andrade feature that starts this book, his work with Jean-Francois Beaulieu's colours depicting the monsters and fights on the snow planet is beautiful. We then get a story about a kaiju-sized Groot fighting an Old Man Rocket with a mecha which is fun. I have a problem with the ending story and how dismissive it is of Rocket's history, but this book doesn't really care about that. It's fun, it doesn't dwell on continuity or grand ideas, it's a straightforward action adventure s I love the Filipe Andrade feature that starts this book, his work with Jean-Francois Beaulieu's colours depicting the monsters and fights on the snow planet is beautiful. We then get a story about a kaiju-sized Groot fighting an Old Man Rocket with a mecha which is fun. I have a problem with the ending story and how dismissive it is of Rocket's history, but this book doesn't really care about that. It's fun, it doesn't dwell on continuity or grand ideas, it's a straightforward action adventure series featuring Rocket and Groot as Rocket does odd-jobs across the galaxy to try and pay off his debts.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael Emond

    A couple of things made me rate this lower than the first volume of Rocket Raccoon. First, although Skottie Young is still the writer he decided NOT to draw this volume and although the replacements are excellent, I still miss his creative style. Also, the stories were very entertaining just not as much fun as the first volume. Overall, a solid comic worth reading, but a slight dip in quality from the first volume.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Skottie Young's Rocket Raccoon series is still fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of the book but it petered out. The idea of Groot and Rocket having adventures around the galaxies are fun but there still has to be a better overarching theme. The book's art isn't as good as if Young were drawing it himself but not bad. Overall, I'd love to read more but would love it even more if Young were pulling double duty. Skottie Young's Rocket Raccoon series is still fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of the book but it petered out. The idea of Groot and Rocket having adventures around the galaxies are fun but there still has to be a better overarching theme. The book's art isn't as good as if Young were drawing it himself but not bad. Overall, I'd love to read more but would love it even more if Young were pulling double duty.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    A continuation of the last book. I still think the "I am Groot" story was the best of the ones available. Though the story of Groot dying was pretty good too, showed a different side of Rocket. Oh and the one where he apparently read his origin story - the one with clowns and stuff - was funny because I tried reading those stories once and had about the same reaction. A continuation of the last book. I still think the "I am Groot" story was the best of the ones available. Though the story of Groot dying was pretty good too, showed a different side of Rocket. Oh and the one where he apparently read his origin story - the one with clowns and stuff - was funny because I tried reading those stories once and had about the same reaction.

  20. 4 out of 5

    George Nash

    Such great art work. The story is entertaining as can be. It has been a while since I found so much entertainment from a comic book. I have been reading things like "Marvel's Runaways" and "Marvel's Iornfist". Although the others have great stories with great art they did not make me laugh nearly as much as the Rocket Raccoon books. Such great art work. The story is entertaining as can be. It has been a while since I found so much entertainment from a comic book. I have been reading things like "Marvel's Runaways" and "Marvel's Iornfist". Although the others have great stories with great art they did not make me laugh nearly as much as the Rocket Raccoon books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    A good conclusion to Rocket's search for his origin and the mystery of another creature who looks a lot like him. There's also a story in which Groot almost dies for real, and won't be able to be grown back from a twig again. This one did seem a little shorter, with lots of art & panel sketches at the end. A good conclusion to Rocket's search for his origin and the mystery of another creature who looks a lot like him. There's also a story in which Groot almost dies for real, and won't be able to be grown back from a twig again. This one did seem a little shorter, with lots of art & panel sketches at the end.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Austin

    Review of Rocket Racoon Vol. 2 Storytailer This was a good conclusion to this story. It still had action, even a little emotion, and a good story overall. I recommend this story to all Rocket and Groot fans! It's a good read! Review of Rocket Racoon Vol. 2 Storytailer This was a good conclusion to this story. It still had action, even a little emotion, and a good story overall. I recommend this story to all Rocket and Groot fans! It's a good read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    Fun little story. Nothing too heavy. Fun artwork. (view spoiler)[I especially enjoyed issue 9 where a giant, evil Groot is attacking Earth and old Rocket has to come out of retirement to save the planet. It turns out to be an alternate reality or a VR game. (hide spoiler)] Fun little story. Nothing too heavy. Fun artwork. (view spoiler)[I especially enjoyed issue 9 where a giant, evil Groot is attacking Earth and old Rocket has to come out of retirement to save the planet. It turns out to be an alternate reality or a VR game. (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Summer

    At first Rocket wasn't my favorite, but now since I'm reading his comic I'm actually starting to make him my second favorite GotG character. At first Rocket wasn't my favorite, but now since I'm reading his comic I'm actually starting to make him my second favorite GotG character.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Wherein Groot and Rocket save the world. Absolutely delightful.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian Song

    Skottie continues his fantastic run of our favorite Raccoon! I am Groot!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Not as adorable or hilarious as the first one, but still pretty awesome.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Drunken_orangetree

    Fun script. Filipe Andrade's art in the first two issues is amazingly beautiful space opera. Fun script. Filipe Andrade's art in the first two issues is amazingly beautiful space opera.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hudder

    Debt collectors! Who hasn't been there? So, Rocket is trying to get paid and ends up on a winter planet with a dying groot. Sometimes life gets in the way of work. This is that story. Debt collectors! Who hasn't been there? So, Rocket is trying to get paid and ends up on a winter planet with a dying groot. Sometimes life gets in the way of work. This is that story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    James

    Always a fun read. I like that he came across that is so big that there isn't a word to describe it. Always a fun read. I like that he came across that is so big that there isn't a word to describe it.

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