Look, I'll admit that I haven't been completely excited about the upcoming Rocket Raccoon series by Skottie Young. Don't get me wrong, I love Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen's spacefaring guardian as much as the next guy, and I'm pretty sure it's just our signature brand of ComicsAlliance Elitist Hipsterism creeping through that made me a little dismissive since the upswing in popularity that's keyed to this summer's big-budget Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but I just wasn't really into it.

And then I found out that the first issue is about space-wrestling.

You read that right, folks: Young's Rocket Raccoon series is opening up with Rocket's pal Groot, a talking tree, stepping into the squared circle to do battle against a giant blob. There's a pretty good chance that this is going to be the best comic ever.

 

ROCKET RACCOON #1 (MAY140797)
Written by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Art & Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Variant Covers by DAVID PETERSEN (MAY140798)
And SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAY140799)
Stan Lee Lego Variant by LEONEL CASTELLANI (MAY140801)
FOC – 06/09/14, On-Sale – 07/02/09

 

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Rocket Raccoon #1, Marvel Comics

 

 

About Rocket Raccoon Co-Creator Bill Mantlo

If you enjoy the Guardians of the Galaxy comic books and plan to see the movie, consider making a donation to the continued healthcare costs of disabled Rocket Raccoon co-creator Bill Mantlo, whose insurance provides only the most minimal level of care for someone with his needs. You can read more about Mr. Mantlo’s life and plight in this in-depth article by Bill Coffin.

Mantlo is just one of numerous veteran comic book creators in need. You can learn more about artists like him and their lives at the Hero Initiative, the comic book industry’s non-profit organization that offers aid to the men and women who created the industry and work which now fuels Hollywood’s biggest success.