Rocket Raccoon #4 | Writer: Skottie Young | Artist: Skottie Young | Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com
I have been a junkie for Skottie Young variant covers over the past couple of years now. His work on the critically acclaimed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series laid the ground work for his writing and drawing the Rocket Raccoon series which has been an excellent pairing thus far.
Young’s artwork doesn’t take itself too seriously and on many levels, the same can be said for Rocket as a character.
An evil doppelganger framed our furry friend for murder. In this issue, we find out why and also get the answer as to whether or not Rocket is alone in the universe.
There was a lot of humor with some emotional heartache mixed in. Sometimes, a story with those two elements has a hard time distinguishing itself. However, Young was able to pile on the hilarity filled absurdity and then go back to the moments of sorrow without taking me out of the experience and served as a powerful reminder as to what Rocket really wanted all along.
During the SLAP, BANG, and KAPOW fisticuffs, Rocket catches a punch and it simply said “Nope” underneath before he starts putting the boots to his foes. I never thought I would ever find an ounce of sadness while looking at Skottie Young’s imagery, but that just speaks to how he can convey a range of sentiment and individualities in a character like Rocket Raccoon. This series has been a surprise thus far and just keeps getting better with every outing.
Score: 3.5 out of 5