Whether it was from his place on the roster in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, in his role in the Guardians of the Galaxy comics, or from the brief glimpse of him in the trailer for the upcoming movie, Rocket Raccoon is the kind of character nobody would think would actually gain mainstream attraction yet seems to keep showing back up in exponentially more spectacular ways. The anthropomorphic procyonid has come a long way from his origin as a pun based off a lesser known White Album track, and with his upcoming big screen debut Marvel has seen fit to give him his first solo comic since 1985.
Now that Skottie Young has finished his adaptation of Frank L. Baum’s Oz, he’s taking on the responsibility of presenting Rocket in a way that’s almost more cartoonish than you’d expect even from Rocket’s core concept.
Young’s take on the adventures of Rocket and Groot is borderline whimsical (he himself professing to MTV NEWS that the comic would “… have a connection to that nostalgic feeling for Looney Tunes…”), which contrasts the high stakes adventures they’ve so routinely become a part of.
While remaining tight-lipped about what the finer details of the comic’s plot, Young let slip that at least a few of his foes had a personal vendetta against the wily raccoon:
“I figure that a guy like Rocket, with his attitude, has swindled his way over many planets and charmed many ladies… He’s racked up a malitia of ex-girlfriends I’m dubbing the Exterminators. They’re all fed up and they’ve decided it’s time they dish out some payback on his furry little tail.”
Will longtime love connection Lylla be among the scorned hoping to make Rocket into a laser-ridden pelt? Let’s all find out come July, in Rocket Raccoon #1!