By Abdulkareem Baba Aminu
With the Guardians of the Galaxy movie just round the corner, all kinds of promo stuff are popping up. But Rocket Raccoon #1, written and illustrated by superstar Skottie Young, with colors by Jean-Francois Beaulieu with enough great writing, beautiful art, humor and action to work for both kids and adults. What's not to like about this comic? Nothing, actually. And that's the secret origin of the following list.
1. The Cover: It's by Skottie Young, for cryin' out loud.
2. The Plot: Rocket's ex-girlfriends want to kill him and have hired some nasty bit of nastiness to do the deed. (How does he pick 'em anyways?)
3. The Art: See No.1.
4. Sound Effects: Gems like 'Splinter!' when Groot is…well, splintered, 'Bigidy Blam Blam!' and my personal favourite: 'Fragaboom!' Pure awesomeness.
5. Humour: Well-timed, well-written jokes abound. Close your eyes and flip to any page and you'd get a good laugh (The exchange between two alien-type-guards on page 2 is priceless).
6. Action: Glorious chase scenes, wrestling ring punch-outs, wild escapes and bullet-dodging near-scrapes make up 95 per cent of the book. (Gasp!)
7. Exotic, er…locales: Prison spaceships, alien arenas and otherworldly plumbing are utilised like you've never seen before. Promise.
8. The Guardians of the Galaxy: What's a Rocket Raccoon comic book without his compadres, even if they're in a bind of their own and can't really help? The dynamics at play here are just precious.
9. Mysterious Big Bad: A shadowy bad guy pulling strings from the shadows, who may or may not be…nah, Slott it!
10: Rocket Raccoon, himself: With clips from the upcoming movie firing imagination, Young's version became complete in my mind's eye, attitude and all.
And that's it. I'd have written a Top 15 or 20, but hey, I gotta go read that darn comic again.
Rocket Raccoon #1 is written and drawn by Skottie Young and published by Marvel Comics.
Abdulkareem Baba Aminu is a BleedingCool contributor, newspaper editor, award-winning journalist, cartoonist, comic book creator, painter and poet. The Nigeria-based writer has reviewed comics, novels, movies and music for a variety of platforms. He is currently the Editor of the Saturday edition of the Daily Trust, one of the most influential newspapers in his country. You can follow him on Twitter @KareemReal