Review: Groot (2015-)
I usually tend to review works that I think are more interesting than typical fare. Spectacular works, interesting failures, bizarre mind-blowing pieces, but usually something more than just OK or good.
This series crossed by reading pile recently, at just the right time. [A quick note: I tend to read my comics temporally offset by six months to a year or more. I also plow through them more or less alphabetically, with some interrupt level comics that pop to the top.] “If you are not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” pretty much sums up the last few weeks for me. And, this series has been a great diversion from that. It delivers on everything you could want from a comic series about a giant tree alien who only ever says “I am Groot”.
The first volume of the series follows Groot on his own trying to save his best friend Rocket (Raccoon) from the clutches of a bounty hunter. Which serves as a great chance to toss in some space battles, alien races, and silly forms of transportation. All of which the Marvel universe excels at. (For example the most feared race in the universe travels around in the still living space whales and space sharks, and no I am not making that up.)
There are some fun twists as we see the universe from the POV of a tree. And of course there are a some limbs they climb out on to make it clear that there is more going on with our favorite tree when he says “I am Groot”, including the ubiquitous dream issue.
For all of its failings, and it does seem to fall into the rut pretty quick, it does really deliver on the premise that a talking tree could make a better comic protagonist than most of the characters who have books today.
TL;DR Review: As a break from all the outrage, recommended.