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The Guardians of the Galaxy may frequently work together to protect life from all corners of the universe, but each of the individual members has been/will be getting into their own shenanigans on the side. Since last July, Marvel has published solo books for Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord, while Gamora and Drax the Destroyer’s books are coming later this year. Next month, though, will see a new title featuring the team’s tallest member venturing off on his own: everyone’s favorite talking tree Groot (sorry, Treebeard from The Two Towers). However, one thing will be different for Groot in this adventure: he’ll be without his companion/translator Rocket.
Written by Jimmy Kimmel Live!’s Jeff Loveness and illustrated by Disney Animation artist Brian Kesinger, Groot #1 will see the titular character going on an intergalactic road trip of “epic proportions,” during which he’ll be separated from Rocket for the first time in years. Since the only words he’s capable of speaking are “I Am Groot,” navigating on his own in the galaxy may prove troublesome. Among the many things he’ll encounter during his adventure are explosions, intergalactic hitchhiking, aliens and space sharks, and all of that is just in the first issue. It’s also hinted that several “intergalactic guest stars” may come calling. The book’s main cover will be illustrated by Declan Shalvey, with variants done by Ryan Stegman and Giuseppe Camuncoli. You can check out the first issue’s preview pages at the bottom of the page.
Groot propelled to pop culture fame last year thanks to the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, where he was voiced by Vin Diesel. Since then, he and the rest of the Guardians have experienced newfound popularity from both general moviegoers and comic book readers who weren’t familiar with the team. Giving Groot his own book is certainly an intriguing concept. He is intelligent, it’s just that since he’s only capable of speaking those three words, communication proves problematic, which is why Rocket is always by his side to translate. Now that they’re separated, Groot will have to make due on his own interacting with people who don’t know that “I Am Groot” can mean a variety of things. Then of course there’s all the obstacles he’ll be facing on his “road trip,” but the anthropomorphic tree is powerful enough to handle these solo. The space sharks sound like an especially crazy threat, but in a hilariously awesome way.
You can find Groot #1 on June 3 at your local comic book store or online at locations like Comixology or Marvel.com.