I promise I mean this in the best possible way: Writer/artist Skottie Young and colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu's Rocket Raccoon #1 reads like a comics version of a LucasArts computer adventure game.
I realize that comparisons like that can be a backhanded insult. Saying that one piece of media is like another is an indirect way of saying it's derivative or wears its influences too clearly on its sleeve. That isn't what I'm trying to say here. What I mean is that Rocket Raccoon has a particularly appealing sense of humor to it, a specific style to its art, and its characters -- even those that appear in the margins -- feel alive.
It may not have drawn headlines like some of the other comics series out there, but Marvel's Oz series of adaptations of Frank L. Baum's books, has been going strong for almost six years, earning critical acclaim, Eisner Award honors and placement on the New York Times' Bestsellers list. Perhaps most auspicious of all, the Oz series maintained the same creative team throughout its entire run, a feat virtually unheard of at modern-day Marvel (and in American comics in general).
Taskmaster had previously been a character who drifted through the backgrounds of larger Marvel Universe stories, a supporting player in adventures that weren't his own, but developed a cult fanbase largely thanks to his knack for kicking ass and being enigmatic...
Frequency of Publication: Monthly Ongoing Series
Retail Price: Cover A/B/C - $3.50
Author: Robert Rodi (Rogue, Loki, Elektra)
Concept by Steven E. De Souza (Die Hard screenplay writer)
Artist: Matt Merhoff
A – Joe Jusko
B – Ryan Odagawa
C – Tim Seeley
Her identity established, the enemy identified, and the goal set...
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