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Rocket Raccoon breaks bad! But can Groot bring back his best pal from the dark side? Find out in the ultimate buddy book, filled with tall tails and arboreal adventures! When Rocket undergoes a dastardly transformation, Groot battles to remind him who he truly is -- but will that only leave the walking, talking tree in the dictatorial Lord RakZoon's torture dungeon? RakZoo Rocket Raccoon breaks bad! But can Groot bring back his best pal from the dark side? Find out in the ultimate buddy book, filled with tall tails and arboreal adventures! When Rocket undergoes a dastardly transformation, Groot battles to remind him who he truly is -- but will that only leave the walking, talking tree in the dictatorial Lord RakZoon's torture dungeon? RakZoon may be short, but he casts a long shadow over his empire -- one that may bring about a bleak future for the galaxy's greatest friendship! Is this the end for Rocket and Groot? Or will Raccoon-narok come later, with the epic voyage of Rocket the Red and Leaf Grooterson? And in between all this drama, there's fun and games to be had -- with our heroes as ringers in an intergalactic football league! COLLECTING: ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT 1-6


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Rocket Raccoon breaks bad! But can Groot bring back his best pal from the dark side? Find out in the ultimate buddy book, filled with tall tails and arboreal adventures! When Rocket undergoes a dastardly transformation, Groot battles to remind him who he truly is -- but will that only leave the walking, talking tree in the dictatorial Lord RakZoon's torture dungeon? RakZoo Rocket Raccoon breaks bad! But can Groot bring back his best pal from the dark side? Find out in the ultimate buddy book, filled with tall tails and arboreal adventures! When Rocket undergoes a dastardly transformation, Groot battles to remind him who he truly is -- but will that only leave the walking, talking tree in the dictatorial Lord RakZoon's torture dungeon? RakZoon may be short, but he casts a long shadow over his empire -- one that may bring about a bleak future for the galaxy's greatest friendship! Is this the end for Rocket and Groot? Or will Raccoon-narok come later, with the epic voyage of Rocket the Red and Leaf Grooterson? And in between all this drama, there's fun and games to be had -- with our heroes as ringers in an intergalactic football league! COLLECTING: ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT 1-6

30 review for Rocket Raccoon & Groot, Vol. 1: Tricks of the Trade

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Young has lost some of the spark that made his previous Rocket Raccoon series so grand. The first 3 issues get really dark but it pays off in the third issue. The last 3 issues are all one note jokes with inferior, super busy artwork. The fantasy football issue made my eyes bleed and the viking issue wasn't much better. Re-read 2021 Just did a re-read and couldn't even get through those last 3 issues. I have some doubts about how much involvement Young had on those issues given he immediately lef Young has lost some of the spark that made his previous Rocket Raccoon series so grand. The first 3 issues get really dark but it pays off in the third issue. The last 3 issues are all one note jokes with inferior, super busy artwork. The fantasy football issue made my eyes bleed and the viking issue wasn't much better. Re-read 2021 Just did a re-read and couldn't even get through those last 3 issues. I have some doubts about how much involvement Young had on those issues given he immediately left the book thereafter.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    I liked it, I really did. But considering how much I LOVE Rocket and Groot and how much I enjoyed the volume Groot by Loveness, I expected more of this. Not only because I love both titular characters, but also because I usually love Skottie Young's work. And there is the keyword: usually. The first 3 issues were ... a bit weird but I attributed that to the Secret Wars stuff (hint: it's secret so don't feel bad if you don't know about it, like me for example). Still, it was kind of cool. The only I liked it, I really did. But considering how much I LOVE Rocket and Groot and how much I enjoyed the volume Groot by Loveness, I expected more of this. Not only because I love both titular characters, but also because I usually love Skottie Young's work. And there is the keyword: usually. The first 3 issues were ... a bit weird but I attributed that to the Secret Wars stuff (hint: it's secret so don't feel bad if you don't know about it, like me for example). Still, it was kind of cool. The only thing was that Groot looked a bit anorexic. However, I thought that was part of the story since he was in a rough shape. The other issues were ... well, I don't want to talk about #4 and the other two were only marginally better. The humour was just too flat for me (even when compared to the usual one-liners it was pretty dull). Sadly, the art was not too much to my liking either. Again, usually I adore Skottie Young's art so I was very much looking forward to this but maybe I was expecting too much. Because when I hear Skottie Young, I'm either thinking of the Baby Superheroes or art like this but that is not at all what I got. As I said, it all looked kind of wrong, especially in the latter half of this volume. I had fun, but not as much as I had wanted.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Set eight months after the end of Secret Wars (even though that detail turns out to be irrelevant), the Guardians think Rocket and Groot are dead for some reason but they’re not - Groot’s doing some kind of Memento tribute and Rocket’s ruling over an alien planet?? Oh boy… Skottie Young’s pre-Secret Wars Rocket Raccoon series was ok but his post-Secret Wars Rocket and Groot title is, like too many other Marvel books to emerge from that event, terrible. He just doesn’t seem to care. He’s got no go Set eight months after the end of Secret Wars (even though that detail turns out to be irrelevant), the Guardians think Rocket and Groot are dead for some reason but they’re not - Groot’s doing some kind of Memento tribute and Rocket’s ruling over an alien planet?? Oh boy… Skottie Young’s pre-Secret Wars Rocket Raccoon series was ok but his post-Secret Wars Rocket and Groot title is, like too many other Marvel books to emerge from that event, terrible. He just doesn’t seem to care. He’s got no good stories left to tell and all that’s left is disposable, throwaway rubbish. The three-part story that opens this volume is one long setup to a punchline that’s actually pretty funny in a fuck you kinda way (though all it really does it underline how pointless this entire series is). The other stories manage to be even more inconsequential and worthless. Rocket and Iron Man do a D&D/Fantasy Football thing, Rocket and Groot battle alien Vikings, and the book closes out with the two playing bar games. Absolute garbage! Some of the art is decent like Filipe Andrade’s work on the first three issues, and Jay Fosgitt and Brett Bean’s issues are ok, though Fosgitt is doing his damnedest to mimic Young’s style. I Hate Fairyland’s colourist Jean-Francois Beaulieu livens up the pages with his usual visual magic. Aaron Conley’s art on the D&D/Fantasy Football issue is some of the busiest art I’ve seen in some time - just exhausting to look at! And Rob Liefeld shows he’s still the worst by drawing the most horrendous Rocket cover ever! Skottie Young isn’t trying anymore given these boring, boring stories. If you want to see where his creative energy is being directed these days, check out his excellent Image series, I Hate Fairyland, which is the antithesis of this crap. Marvel really is pitching a no-hitter with their Guardians books these days!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 5 stars Hey Skottie, come here man. knuckles This volume is flarking awesome. All four stories in this one hit the mark dead-on. First we have Groot on a scavenger hunt across the Galaxy following "tattoos" (really just carvings, right?) that Rocket left on him in order to come find him. Turns out that Rocket was pulling one over on Groot the whole time but in the process we get to meet: Pockets Possum and his pal, Shrub! So, basically the alternate universe and equally hilarious version of our title 5 stars Hey Skottie, come here man. knuckles This volume is flarking awesome. All four stories in this one hit the mark dead-on. First we have Groot on a scavenger hunt across the Galaxy following "tattoos" (really just carvings, right?) that Rocket left on him in order to come find him. Turns out that Rocket was pulling one over on Groot the whole time but in the process we get to meet: Pockets Possum and his pal, Shrub! So, basically the alternate universe and equally hilarious version of our title characters. Moving on, Rocket is DM'ing a wicked game of D&D (wait, they call it Wizard Wars) with the Avengers and others. Tony Stark keeps going off script so they make a bet that Rocket can't win in Tony's "Fantasy Football" league. Let's just say that it's not what Rocket was expecting, but he still comes out on top. Next they have a run-in with some space viking type people who think Groot is a God and want to sacrifice him via volcano. The last issue has Rocket and Groot engage in an epic battle of "I can beat you at anything" which surprisingly has Groot come out ahead in just about everything. It's also responsible for one of the funniest exchanges between these characters that I've read. Rocket: "I'm about to fast you so furious you don't even know! Groot: "I am Groot!" Rocket: "Get the %#[email protected] outta here. If anyone is Vin Diesel, it's me!"

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    The first half of this collection was kind of twisted... but still quite funny. It was a delicate balancing act of hubris and eros... or possibly bathos and... Thanos? No, that's not right, either, damnit. Anyway, the second half gave up the darker edge and just turned into a bunch of one-shot, one-joke romps. How much you enjoy this book will depend on how much you dig that kind of guff. Is this really a four star general book? Eh, prob'ly not, but giving it less felt like kicking a puppy who jus The first half of this collection was kind of twisted... but still quite funny. It was a delicate balancing act of hubris and eros... or possibly bathos and... Thanos? No, that's not right, either, damnit. Anyway, the second half gave up the darker edge and just turned into a bunch of one-shot, one-joke romps. How much you enjoy this book will depend on how much you dig that kind of guff. Is this really a four star general book? Eh, prob'ly not, but giving it less felt like kicking a puppy who just wants to love you SO VERY VERY MUCH! Call it the last few dregs of my Christmas spirit.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cheese

    Fun, but nothing on their solo runs.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    The first part was the best...everything else in this was neon colored garbage.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

    This is more like what I expected from Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Stupid and uninteresting with bad art. Okay to be fair, the first story was okay, I just didn't like it. The last story with Rocket and Groot trying to prove which is "better" just had the characters written wrong. A disappointment given how good the last few related book I've read of them have been. 2.5 of 5. This is more like what I expected from Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Stupid and uninteresting with bad art. Okay to be fair, the first story was okay, I just didn't like it. The last story with Rocket and Groot trying to prove which is "better" just had the characters written wrong. A disappointment given how good the last few related book I've read of them have been. 2.5 of 5.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Things I liked: - The art-style - the quirkiness of Groot and Rocket But: - Wasn't hooked and - I've read better Groot and Rocket comics. Enjoyable but not really memorable. Things I liked: - The art-style - the quirkiness of Groot and Rocket But: - Wasn't hooked and - I've read better Groot and Rocket comics. Enjoyable but not really memorable.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alex E

    This title ended up being a bit more "all - ages" in terms of tone. And while that's not necessarily a bad thing, I was expecting a bit more substance, especially in the last 3 issues within this volume. The first 3 issues are one arc consisting of Groot trying to "save" Rocket who has been brainwashed (maybe?) into being a despot type ruler of a planet. Eventually it all gets sorted, but not without a few good actions scenes and some pretty funny dialog. I liked this story, and thought it was a This title ended up being a bit more "all - ages" in terms of tone. And while that's not necessarily a bad thing, I was expecting a bit more substance, especially in the last 3 issues within this volume. The first 3 issues are one arc consisting of Groot trying to "save" Rocket who has been brainwashed (maybe?) into being a despot type ruler of a planet. Eventually it all gets sorted, but not without a few good actions scenes and some pretty funny dialog. I liked this story, and thought it was a good way to start the series and establish the tone of the book overall. However after the 3rd issue, it seems Young runs out of steam, and instead of writing another arc, he approaches the book in more of a "one and done" type stories. These are pretty inconsequential and rely mostly on the art to carry the flimsy-at-best premises to the finish line. In my opinion, this is approach wasn't my cup of tea, and is probably geared more towards kids who read the book instead. Not to say I want "Watchmen" type pathos in a Rocket and Groot book, but a bit of substance was expected, if I'm being honest. Overall, not bad, but if you are going to read this, realize it is more of a fun lighthearted read than anything.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jasmiina F

    This was so cute. I loved the art and the stories were good. Silly, but good. I honestly think Marvel needs more silly comics, because almost everything is so dark and depressing. Good thing I just bought another comic book from Skottie Young.

  12. 5 out of 5

    mercedes

    This is quite possibly the most pointless comic I have read. There is little to no story being told here, as the one very slightly ongoing plotline only lasts for 2 and a half issues and holds absolutely no relevance to the rest of the comic. The art for the first half of the volume was really gorgeous, and that was the one saving grace. It's disappointing because Loveness' 'Groot' miniseries showed that Rocket and Groot's dynamic can be written in a meaningful way, but as I haven't read Skottie This is quite possibly the most pointless comic I have read. There is little to no story being told here, as the one very slightly ongoing plotline only lasts for 2 and a half issues and holds absolutely no relevance to the rest of the comic. The art for the first half of the volume was really gorgeous, and that was the one saving grace. It's disappointing because Loveness' 'Groot' miniseries showed that Rocket and Groot's dynamic can be written in a meaningful way, but as I haven't read Skottie Young's Rocket solo I can only presume he is going solely for cheap jokes or has simply run out of stories to tell about these two, because that's what comes across.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jodie

    2.5/5 Stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    David

    Bit of a mixed bag both in art and story quality. Really loved the first couple of chapters - but the last couple didn't agree with my tastes. So, perhaps for hardcore fans only. Some of the later art is so over-stylized and weirdly colored it's hard to tell what you're looking at some of the time. Bit of a mixed bag both in art and story quality. Really loved the first couple of chapters - but the last couple didn't agree with my tastes. So, perhaps for hardcore fans only. Some of the later art is so over-stylized and weirdly colored it's hard to tell what you're looking at some of the time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elisa The-Bookie-Monster

    This is a great lighter read to break a reading slump! It's a lot of fun and gets silly at times and It's paired with beautiful art! This is a great lighter read to break a reading slump! It's a lot of fun and gets silly at times and It's paired with beautiful art!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gerry Sacco

    So, the actual collection isn't very good. But the one shots after are not only funny, but the art is outstanding! I don't think I've experienced this with a trade before, because normally the one shots after are not good in any way. The D&D stuff was so good! So, they earned this trade a 3, but the stuff before them would be a pass. So, the actual collection isn't very good. But the one shots after are not only funny, but the art is outstanding! I don't think I've experienced this with a trade before, because normally the one shots after are not good in any way. The D&D stuff was so good! So, they earned this trade a 3, but the stuff before them would be a pass.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Fun and quick read. I love rocket and groot.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Benno Debals

    First of all, these two words alone should already sell this book: Skottie Young. This guy gets it. He perfectly knows how to tell fun stories with loads of humor, heart and emotion. This is a loose continuation of his pre-Secret Wars Rocket Raccoon book, which he completely wrote and which he drew most of. It brings some elements along, such as the birthday party for Rocket. But if you haven't read that book (yet), no worries, because this book is perfectly understandable on its own. This trade First of all, these two words alone should already sell this book: Skottie Young. This guy gets it. He perfectly knows how to tell fun stories with loads of humor, heart and emotion. This is a loose continuation of his pre-Secret Wars Rocket Raccoon book, which he completely wrote and which he drew most of. It brings some elements along, such as the birthday party for Rocket. But if you haven't read that book (yet), no worries, because this book is perfectly understandable on its own. This trade collects the first six issues of Rocket Raccoon & Groot, written by Skottie Young and every story is drawn by another artist, but always with the color work of Jean-Francois Beaulieu. The first three issues in this trade are a story about Rocket suddenly being an emperor of a planet, while Groot is imprisoned there. This story is really fun and shows how cunning Rocket can be when it comes to coming up with plans of any sort. But even though this beginning is already great, the rest of the book is where Skottie's talent as a writer really comes to fruition. These three issues are all self-contained one-shots, which can all be read on their own. They're fun little stories, ranging from an alien rugby match to Groot being mistaken for a god. They are funny as hell, and show an amazing friendship between Rocket & Groot. As for the art department, it's a shame Skottie Young is not drawing this. His interior art is just beautiful all the way, as seen in books like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz or his previous Rocket Raccoon book. But he's been too busy with cover work for Marvel and his creator owned series I Hate Fairyland, so other artists had to come in to draw this book. The first three issues are drawn by Filipe Andrade, which is pretty good artwork. The art fits the story well, because the tone of this story is a little darker than the other stories, so the art goes along with that. Not superior artwork, but more than acceptable. The other three issues are each drawn by another artist, respectively Aaron Conley, Jay Fosgitt and Brett Bean. Conley's art is… not good. He's lucky that Beaulieu (who is in my opinion the best colorist in the game) is there to color it up so that it doesn't really feel like total crap. But this is by far the worst of the book. Fosgitt's art, however, is extremely clean. It reminds me a lot of Looney Tunes art, which is suiting for a book like this. Bean's art is the best of the bunch. It really feels a lot like Skottie's art and it's just as clean as his, so it suits the book perfectly. So all in all, the art is more than good. Overall, this book really makes you laugh and touches perfectly on a friendship that is unique to the Marvel universe. These stories are accompanied by great art, so that makes this score more than fitting.

  19. 5 out of 5

    K

    More Rocket & Groot!! One of the great things about these is that they are completely readable as stand-alone books. They don't depend upon you having read Guardians of the Galaxy (which I have not, but am going to be looking into). --Rocket & Groot have been apparently killed in action in a Guardians' story, but a mysterious bark-covered individual seems to be on a massive, multi-universe spanning quest to track down his furry, be-tailed companion --Rocket & Iron Man play a little fantasy footba More Rocket & Groot!! One of the great things about these is that they are completely readable as stand-alone books. They don't depend upon you having read Guardians of the Galaxy (which I have not, but am going to be looking into). --Rocket & Groot have been apparently killed in action in a Guardians' story, but a mysterious bark-covered individual seems to be on a massive, multi-universe spanning quest to track down his furry, be-tailed companion --Rocket & Iron Man play a little fantasy football to settle a bet on whether or not Tony Stark will follow Rocket's rules while playing D&D (get your geek on, people) --Groot is set up as a God on a backward planet, but godhood's not all it's cracked up to be & the duo must escape with the help of their kidnapper --A game of pool gets out of control as Groot & Rocket embark on an epic journey of competitiveness

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ellyn → Allonsythornraxx

    13/07/2017 I really enjoyed this one. This volume was mostly just Rocket and Groot running around the galaxy and having adventures. Also Fantasy Football but for real... I will definitely be picking up volume 2 soon!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megan Farve

    I love that Rocket made everyone play a variation of D&D and that he was the DM! And a caster!! I didn't know it was possible, but I love him even more now❤️ I love that Rocket made everyone play a variation of D&D and that he was the DM! And a caster!! I didn't know it was possible, but I love him even more now❤️

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    content warnings: discussions of torture, murder and body mutilation Welp, that was really fucking disappointing. I haven't read any other Rocket & Groot stuff (though I've been meaning to for ages) and this wasn't a very good start. This volume has two seperate stories: Issues 1-3 are about Groot trying to find and rescue Rocket from a situation, and issues 4-6 are about them being kidnapped by space vikings(?). There are also almost-doppelgangers of them both, fantasy football, dnd, and so much content warnings: discussions of torture, murder and body mutilation Welp, that was really fucking disappointing. I haven't read any other Rocket & Groot stuff (though I've been meaning to for ages) and this wasn't a very good start. This volume has two seperate stories: Issues 1-3 are about Groot trying to find and rescue Rocket from a situation, and issues 4-6 are about them being kidnapped by space vikings(?). There are also almost-doppelgangers of them both, fantasy football, dnd, and so much more weird shit. I had some pretty big issues with both stories. I quite enjoyed the storyline of issues 1-3 and Pocket & Shrub were weird, interesting characters. My problem here was the art style; it wasn't bad, it just didn't gel with me very well. However, in issues 4-6 I really enjoyed the art style and I liked how bonkers and colourful it looked. The story was what really let me down in these issues, especially because the storyline in issues 1-3 never feels resolved so it's very jarring. I'm already not a big fan of when a six-issue volume doesn't have a single, complete story in it, and this comic did nothing to change that opinion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    Skottie Young returns to write more stories about Rocket Racoon, this time with Groot as an official co-star in the title (even though Groot was in most every story of the Rocket Raccoon solo series anyways). They go around the universe doing random stuff as creatures attack and things like that. The first three issues are an arc about Rocket being lost somewhere and Groot having to track him down, then we get three one-offs about Rocket and Groot fighting things and doing stuff. Every issue of Skottie Young returns to write more stories about Rocket Racoon, this time with Groot as an official co-star in the title (even though Groot was in most every story of the Rocket Raccoon solo series anyways). They go around the universe doing random stuff as creatures attack and things like that. The first three issues are an arc about Rocket being lost somewhere and Groot having to track him down, then we get three one-offs about Rocket and Groot fighting things and doing stuff. Every issue of this series felt like a fill-in arc or annual one-shot to some other Guardians of the Galaxy series. Nothing ties it together other than our two characters and the consistent unfunny humour.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cory

    This was pretty bad. The art was ugly, the stories thin and lacking much connection between them (which, to be fair, could come down to the format -- but I guess I expect some sort of payoff in terms of depth for reading 6 issues of a comic). There were some cool ideas around the friendship and rivalry between Rocket and Groot, and the existence of the multiverse, plus a definite homage to Ren and Stimpy in a story about a D&D game/Fantasy Football writ large, but overall it really didn't do it This was pretty bad. The art was ugly, the stories thin and lacking much connection between them (which, to be fair, could come down to the format -- but I guess I expect some sort of payoff in terms of depth for reading 6 issues of a comic). There were some cool ideas around the friendship and rivalry between Rocket and Groot, and the existence of the multiverse, plus a definite homage to Ren and Stimpy in a story about a D&D game/Fantasy Football writ large, but overall it really didn't do it for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I love the way Rocket describes fantasy football: See, they pick guys from different real teams and put them on their fake team. Then they watch those guys on TV and then do a lot of arithmetic and call it fun. And a great meta Fast & Furious joke. Over all, a fun romp through the universe with Rocket & Groot.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    Much like the stories in the volume 0 Bark and Bite collection, these keep up the action and the humor and nail these characters. Lots of fun. A true plot in addition would make the book perfect.

  27. 4 out of 5

    B

    Doesn't it feel weird that in virtually every Rocket Raccoon story another talking animal is set up to be Rocket's foil? Anyway, parts of this are funny. The remaining parts are just almost cute. Doesn't it feel weird that in virtually every Rocket Raccoon story another talking animal is set up to be Rocket's foil? Anyway, parts of this are funny. The remaining parts are just almost cute.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Derek Neveu

    Disjointed and sophomoric, but still fun.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Niah

    I wish Groot was in it more because at times it really felt like it was focusing on Rocket. But then again, I'm biased ;) I wish Groot was in it more because at times it really felt like it was focusing on Rocket. But then again, I'm biased ;)

  30. 5 out of 5

    groot

    I honestly love groot and rocket, and this book.

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