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Rocket #1 (of 6)

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It’s a dirty universe out there, even when you’re not regularly mistaken for trash-foraging vermin. And it’s about to get dirtier. He thought his paws were clean, that he was on the up-and-up. But then an old flame swam back into his life, and he was back in the game… the heist game. If you need a safe cracked, a vault busted or a score taken…ask for Rocket. Just don’t call him a raccoon.

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24 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Rocket is the pulp crime Rocket Raccoon book that you never knew you wanted. This book seems to take place between the end of the last Guarfians run and the start of the new one, so what has Rocket been up to all this time? Apparently a lot of drinking and a lot of stealing. And the best part of all this is Al Ewing writes is so seriously that it’s hilarious. If the rest of this series is as good as the first issue (and who are we kidding? Al Ewing is always good) this this is gonna be one hell of a ride. Everyone go pick this book up now, Grade A material for sure.

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    I’ve said it before: The name ‘Al Ewing’ on the cover is a must-buy for me, and it should be for you as well. Springboarding off the work of Mantlo, Claremont and the excellent movie reworking equally, Rocket #1 puts our hero in a perfect, yet utter surprising, role as gentleman thief, delivering on the promise of complicated situations and reversals, featuring excellent art and an impressive swerve at the end. Comics don’t take on other pop culture the way they used to in the old days, but this issue manages to channel the essence of the heist into a quasi-superhero context in fine fashion, and you should really pick this one up…

  • 80

    We Got This Covered

    It’s strange that after all these years reading comics featuring Rocket, I’d never once thought about his love-life. Ewing’s script is remarkable in that it literally treats Rocket like any other character, right down to exposing his romantic entanglements. Right from the start, Ewing gives a level of care and attention to the hero that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.

    He continues to mix things up, too, giving the book’s plot a distinctive Mission Impossible style. This first issue is the story of a heist, and Ewing revels in all the classic tropes – right down to Rocket’s assembling a crew. Of course, as always, it’s the crew that gets a guy in trouble, and the issue ends with a moment that will make old fans of Chris Claremont’s Excalibur beam.

    Adam Gorham’s art is tremendous in this issue. He truly captures all the characters, giving each a sense of individuality, of uniqueness. You can tell he has great fun with Rocket’s allies, the Technet, and he doesn’t try to tone down their strangeness at all. Meanwhile, he gives us some beautiful glimpses of Tarka’s World, and takes the time to really indulge himself in world-building. I suspect some fans will complain about the number of splash pages at the book’s beginning, but personally, I’m fine with that – they serve a purpose, setting the tone and style of Rocket #1 and really making this comic stand out from the crowd.

    Right now, if retailers are to be believed, fans aren’t looking for a new range to follow – they’re looking for individual comics. If that really is the case, I strongly recommend trying out this book.

  • 75

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    I liked this book. Although it was still putting the pieces of the puzzle in place for the series, who doesn’t like a heist story? Plus when the crew attempting it is as fun as this one there’s some laughter guaranteed. A nice solid start to the series, some crackling dialogue from Al Ewing and the art by Adam Gorham was great. Good to flarking go! Also, I noticed that it was filed under the genre, “Anthropomorphic Superhero” by my supplier so that gave me a bonus laugh.

  • 60


    Along with lots of narration and introductions of several bit players I wouldn’t expect to live all that long, Rocket #1 also features a far-less murdery Rocket than we’ve seen in recent years (possibly to appeal to a younger audience brought in by the recent film). As heists go the comic takes a bit too long to get into the swing of things, which limits the time which can be spent on the heist itself, and the rest of his crew is pretty forgettable. Still, fans of the character might be able to find enough here to enjoy. For fans.

  • 55


    I liked this issue, but didn’t love it. Technet is a nice addition to the narrative, and it’s a shock to see Rocket’s heartbreak, but there are tropes we’ve seen many times before in a narrative that drags. The prose style is a nice touch, but as first issues go I’m looking forward to forgetting this issue and moving on to issue #2.

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