Written by: Skottie Young
Art by: Felipe Andrade & Jean-Francois Beaulieu
We’re off on our second arc of Rocket Raccoon, and it looks like Skottie Young, Felipe Andrade, and Jean-Francois Beaulieu are going to continue the emotional roller coaster that the first arc brought us.
Rocket and Groot are the biggest space bros around. They do everything together from sleeping to using Groot as kindling for a fire. We’ve seen the strength of their relationship, but I think something that’s been lacking more recently is a more personal tale of exactly how far into the danger zone they’ll go for each other.
This issue we see the beginnings of that story as Rocket and Groot are stuck on an ice planet where Groot becomes terminally and it’s up to Rocket to find the only hope of a cure. The side of Rocket we’re seeing here is a bit different than the psycho murdering rodent we usually see elsewhere. He’s still as crazy as ever, but you can really see that that craziness is a sort of detriment to things here. This doesn’t look like it’ll be a situation he can just blast his way through just because he’s “Rocket Raccoon.”
I don’t know what we’ll see in this arc, but it only looks like it’ll really add to the way we see him. Helping him in the start of his journey is the planet native Jink. She is tough, smart, and a hell of a battle partner based off her introduction, but also kind of a let down in a small way. I feel like this sort of thing comes up a lot in sci-fi stories. There’s a princess who seems submissive, but is actually badass and fully capable. I can’t speak too much to it as we’ve only seen a very small bit of her, but hopefully she does manage to be more than the trope.
Andrade continues on with art after last issue and has proved he’s a very good match for this series. While it would be great if Young had stayed on art full time, Andrade is really knocking it out of the park here. There are moments he captures perfectly where Rocket is boasting about himself and you can see every inch of pride in every line on the page.
Rocket Raccoon #7 is the beginning of what seems to be one heck of a rollercoaster.