From watching the trailers for Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, we’ve learned that Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) has been travelling with the seven-foot-tall alien tree Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and that the two BFFs have been working together for some time. They’re certain to have some adventures over the course of the movie itself, but, especially after you hear about their rap sheets, you know they’ve had plenty of adventures on their own before hooking up with Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and the others. Because Marvel still does publish comic books, you may have forgotten that, they’re putting out a one-off that follows the two space outlaws, and we have a new look at some of the artwork.
In addition to the new book, Rocket also has a solo title set to coincide with Free Comic Book Day—which happens to fall on Saturday, May 3 this year—and that will precede a new ongoing title from writer and artist Skottie Young which kicks off in July. July will also see the release of the novel Rocket Raccoon and Groot Steal the Galaxy by Dan Abnett. Because Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t one of their more widely known titles, Marvel is doing just about everything they can think of to give audiences some idea of what they’re getting into.
Because July isn’t going to be big enough on this front, the new one-shot title that Marvel just announced—Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy’s Most Wanted—will be released on July 2, which is also the same day that Young’s solo title hits store shelves. Will Corona Pilgrim handled the script, while Andrea Di Vito took care of the art, and the action follows Rocket and Groot’s bounty hunting careers. Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Rocket Raccoon and Groot—your favorite cosmic bounty hunters (and soon to be world-famous movie stars)—leap into action in an all-new adventure! Could it possibly happen? Is Groot attempting to arrest…his best bud Rocket?
That sounds like a pretty damn good time, right? A heavily-armed, anthropomorphic raccoon going up against a massive alien tree that only ever says one thing, “I am Groot!” What’s not to like about that set up?
Director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the movie version, also stars Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close, and opens everywhere August 1. If you’re not familiar with the comics, you have plenty of time to acquaint yourself with the back catalog of source material.