Al Ewing Retcons Rocket Raccoon Retcon With $20 Off Marvel Unlimited

Subscribers to Marvel Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat digital services, are being ordered $20 off the standard annual $70-a-year subscription service for Cyber Monday. And if you are the kind of person who, like me, signed up at a previous Cyber Monday, it's come at a perfect time to re-up my subscription. Especially since the crashing pound (thanks Liz Truss) has made the sterling price a lot more pricey. And to sweeten the pot, Marvel has launched a Marvel Unlimited exclusive return of Al Ewing to Rocket Raccoon for today, Strange Tales: Toy Boxes drawn by Ramon Bachs, coloured by Javier Tartaglia, lettered by Joe Sabino and edited by Mark Basso, in the downscrolling webtoon format which should be called Marverticals, but isn't, instead it is called Infinity Comics so as to confuse people with the DC Universe Infinite digital service.

$20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon

Designed especially for the webtoon format, it begins with Rocket Raccoon falling down a very tall chimney. And revisiting  Rocket Raccoon's weirdest of origin stories again, for those looking to catch up from the Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special.

With Rocket Raccoon now re-described as a to be a therapy animal for the patients of Halfworld. When Rocket Raccoon first appeared in Incredible Hulk #271 written by Bill Mantlo and drawn by Sal Buscema, it was an insane world without much logic to it. That was kind of the point.

$20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon

 

$20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon

 

$20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon

 

Bill Mantlo would then write the 1985 Rocket Raccoon mini-series drawn by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, which would actually lay some kind of logic on the above structure, which did indeed have humans just known as "loonies", descendants of an insane asylum established on the planet.

$20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon $20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon

And it is these sequences of events that Al Ewing revisits today.

Originally it was portrayed as an abandoned colony for the mentally ill in which animals were genetically manipulated by robots to grant them human-level intelligence to become caretakers of the inmates, so that the robots tasked with their care could leave. Although all of this was thrown up as a possible illusion created by The Stranger courtesy of one inset panel of Quasar #17 by Mark Gruenwald and Mike Manley.

$20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon

But there are problems with Rocket Raccoon's memories.

 

In the Anhilliators series by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Timothy Green II, Rocket Raccoon returned to Halfworld and found what he thought was just an illusion. And a new reality explained by his former wife.

$20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon

With Halfworld just a major asylum space station/planet.

$20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon

With Rocket Raccoon and the other animals designed to calm patients from the get go. No original shrinks, no psychiatrists, no robot overlords…

$20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon

And it was only an assault by a psychic patient that saw Rocket Raccoon wipe out his own memories and leave..

$20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon

$20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon

 

Something Al Ewing himself revisited when writing the Rocket! series drawn by Adam Gorham.

$20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon

 

But even then, suggesting that these might all be unreliable memories.

$20 Off Marvel Unlimited As Al Ewing Returns To Rocket Raccoon

 

And now Rocket Raccoon revisiting his own past and attempts to retcon it as a grim and grittier version. And not knowing which way is up. And maybe… retconning the retcon?

More twists to come of course.  Al Ewing and Ramon Bachs putting right what once went wrong, restoring Halfworld in his own unique way… and available on Marvel Unlimited today, with the CYBERMONDAY code… and bringing back the Mole.  And all these series are available on Marvel Unlimited, links above.

 

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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