Rocket Raccoon #1

Rocket Raccoon #1

Writer: Skottie Young Artist: Skottie Young Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 2, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 37 User Reviews: 19
8.9Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

As defenders of the cosmos go, Rocket Raccoon has faced his fair share of galactic battles. He's been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a protector of the innocent, a heartthrob to the many intergalactic female species and now--a raccoon on the run?! ( I'm sorry, I'm sorry, a "formidable-and-expert-Guardian" on the run. Rocket is NOT a raccoon, okay?) Rocket's high-flying life of adventure and heroism may soon be a thing of the past when he becomes a wanted man-and the authorities are not the only one on his TAIL! (We'll definitely be overusing that pun!)

Superstar creator Skottie Young brings his A-game as writer and artist on the series we've been waiting decades for. Because let's be real, this is the only Guardian of the Galaxy you actually care about. Am I right?

  • 10
    Newsarama - George Marston Jun 30, 2014

    The bottom line is, Rocket Raccoon #1 is a near-perfect piece of cartoon fiction. It plays the most ridiculous elements of comic books and science fiction against each other without missing a beat, riding entirely on Skottie Young's shoulders the entire time. Very few creators in mainstream comics could pull off an issue like this without skipping a beat, especially featuring as many wacky and outlandish elements as Rocket Raccoon #1. That Skottie Young manages to play up those aspects without coming off as silly or repellent is laudable; that the book goes so far beyond those trappings to be as compelling as it is is transcendent. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 30, 2014

    This book is an example why we should all cheer for the comics in our lives. Skottie Young's writing and art sets the perfect tone for Rocket Raccoon's solo adventures. Don't assume this is going to just be a fun romp of an adventure featuring the lovable Rocket. You will find plenty of attitude and mayhem Rocket's been known to generate. Many of today's comics have the same feel to them and Skottie Young brings a breath of fresh air to our reading list of comic books. A Skottie Young book about a space-fairing talking raccoon-ish creature with big guns and a bigger attitude may not be for everyone. I would highly encourage those to give this a try. It's safe to say, you're going to have a blast reading this book. I love the fact that this comic exists. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jul 1, 2014

    Overall,Rocket Raccoon #1is one enjoyable comic. There is no need to know convoluted continuity, or every aspect of Rocket's past. Just sit back, relax, and savor the craziness. Rocket has to get to the bottom of who has potentially framed him. This adventure is sure to be filled with nonstop action and guns a-blazing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geeked Out Nation - Rob Thomas Jul 2, 2014

    My face was a broad, constant smile as I eagerly devoured Rocket Raccoon #1. That's not something I can say about many other books in recent memory, much less the first issue of a brand new series. Skottie Young has brought back something that's been desperately missing from too many books published by the Big Two these days: fun. Good, simple, enjoyable fun. Rocket Raccoon #1 hits so many sweet spots, it's actually kind of sickening. It's light without being fluffy pap. It's cute without being twee. It's effortlessly funny without feeling forced or relying on cheap yuks. It's the kind of zany, madcap, cartoony space romp we've wanted for years without even realizing it. My recommendation for this could not be any higher. Sleep on this one and it's your own loss. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Jul 2, 2014

    It might seem a little offbeat at first, but since the beginning Young has promised the series will be weird fun, and if this issue is any indication of things down the line, I say he's fulfilled that promise. Rocket Raccoon is PG-rated fun for anybody looking for something different without having to worry about accessibility or following tie-ins. Skottie Young deserves a 21-gun salute for pulling off what would have seemed like the impossible, or maybe just a firing of one really big gun. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Lune Jul 3, 2014

    What Skottie Young does with Rocket Raccoon (both the book and the character) is take a concept that in other hands could have been standard, All-Ages irrelevance at best, and shallow movie tie-in at worst, and has created something that is unique, funny, gorgeous, special and oh so essential. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jonathan Schultz Jul 4, 2014

    Overall, the story was engaging and absolutely hilarious. I was expecting this book to be both fun and funny and it delivered on both accounts. To me, this was a perfect first issue. I'll be staying with this book at least as long as Skottie Young is behind the helm. I think he will do awesome things with Rocket. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Kevyn Knox Jul 5, 2014

    With the movie coming out on August 1st, Marvel is really pushing their Guardians of the Galaxy franchise this Summer, as both Star Lord and Rocket Raccoon get their own solo titles. I'm not here to talk about Star Lord, but as for Rocket Raccoon #1, Skottie Young hands us one heck of a fun time. Nothing too deep here, but in both its jaunty and askew story and its light and airy art, this brand new Rocket series is off to a rip-roaring good start. And with the frisky Rocket in the lead, and the equally frisky Skottie Young at the helm, issues two and beyond should keep that rip-roaring good time hopping and bopping along. I know I've fallen in love upon first sight. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 7, 2014

    Skottie Young has been an auteur with a far smaller audience than he has deserved, as he's toiled away happily with his Oz books. I think that's all about to change, as a new wave of fans are going to be introduced to Young's exaggerated, funky cartooning. There's more personality and energy on one page of Rocket Raccoon than in six months of some other series, and it's that sort of charm offensive that makes this series already the Guardians book to beat. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 2, 2014

    This book was going to look good no matter what, but considering the fun and high stakes story you can't not love this. This is the epitome of fun when it comes to comics and you'll be missing out if you don't give this one a try. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 3, 2014

    Rocket Raccoon #1 is a terrific addition to the Marvel Cosmic Universe, reminding us that humour and galactic shenanigans go together like Rocket and Groot. Skottie Young delivers a Saturday morning cartoon in the form of a comic book, and brings a much neglected sense of fun back from wherever mainstream comics have been hiding it for the last few years. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jul 4, 2014

    Rocket Raccoon #1 is an outlandishly fun space jaunt that deserves its audience. Right now, after one issue, I can say that I would shout from the rooftops that this comic book indeed comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Jul 4, 2014

    “Rocket Raccoon” is arguably a success on nearly every level. The issue itself is technically strong. The dialogue and tone are extremely fun, the characters are memorable, and the artwork and design are stunning and unique. The book captures the spirit of the Guardians of the Galaxy and presents it in a terrific all-ages format. By focusing the action on Rocket, the book gives younger readers a mascot with which to identify, and gives older fans more of what they want: Rocket and Groot being absolutely awesome. The book is arguably a “Guardians-lite” book, telling enjoyable and relevant stories without the sense of angst and urgency found in “Guardians of the Galaxy” proper. This makes the book a perfect read for the more casual comic fan, or for those less invested in the vast web of Marvel continuity. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jul 1, 2014

    All in all, Skottie Young's "Rocket Raccoon" #1 is a nearly perfect book in concept and execution. Young and Beaulieu have delivered a gorgeous funny issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Michael Hale Jul 1, 2014

    A special comment must be made for Youngs lettering. Some of the best laughs actually come from how he manages to so playfully use text and how he subverts the normal ideas of a SFX use. Multiple jokes come from normal CLICKSFX-text balloons becoming things like Pinky Out Click and the like. Cute, weird, and hilarious. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    8CN - Matt Overstreet Jul 2, 2014

    It's a little early on to say whether not followingGuardians is going to be a huge detriment to your enjoyment ofRocket, but so far it's only a small hindrance. Overall,Rocket Raccoon is one of the most fun comics I've read in a long time, and I would easily recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind their comics with a good sense of fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - J. Luis Jul 3, 2014

    Other than that little quip, Rocket Raccoon #1 is a blast. If you are looking to have a good time and a few laughs along the way then I suggest you head to your local comic shop and buy a copy. Heck, do yourself a favor and support great talents and buy a couple of copies to share with friends. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Mark Brassington Jul 3, 2014

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  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 3, 2014

    This story is just getting underway, but it's already a heck of a lot of fun. Young's work probably isn't for everyone - it's not hyper-realistic, or grim and gritty - but it is mighty entertaining! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Turner Newell Jul 4, 2014

    This book is centered around a character that is meant to be fun, and Young takes full advantage of that fact by amping up the silliness in both the story and art. From Groot's wrestling match with a tentacled green slime monster, to Star Lord and Drax's misadventures with a giant horned pink beast, the issue is consistently entertaining. This makes for a great inaugural issue and I look forward to seeing more of Rocket's adventures. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Jul 7, 2014

    An amazing first issue that promises of great things to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 11, 2014

    Where Star-Lord really needs another character to work off of to be put to maximum use, Rocket can carry a book all on his own as is evidenced in Young's wacky adventure which includes an appearance by the other raccoon out there, a warrant out for Rocket's arrest for (gasp!) murder, and a plot to take down the hero by all the lovely ladies he's rescued and promptly dumped soon afterward. Yeah, it's pretty damn awesome. I can't wait to see where things go from here. Best of the Week. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Daily Crate - Jennifer Bosier Aug 2, 2014

    As far as set-up issues go, Rocket Raccoon set out with its best foot (paw?) forward. The story is breezy and fun and sets up two intriguing plot threads to follow. What could have come across as a cheap cash-in (what with GoTG enjoying new found fame) looks to set up a fun series, so long as the humor and pacing keeps up. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 3, 2014

    In Rocket Raccoon #1, Skottie Young proves a quality storyteller behind the pages and on them. Though the plot is a little barebones for now, Young imbues the script with enough energy to keep it going, his amazing visuals doing the rest. Rocket's fan base will only grow in the coming months, and. Young appears well suited to do him justice. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Jul 3, 2014

    All in all this was a great debut issue filled with plenty of Rocket Raccoon attitude and pandemonium. It has the makings of a great space adventure comic filled with intrigue and just the right amount of humour which was a blast to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jul 2, 2014

    Overall, a strong debut that lives up to the hype. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jul 3, 2014

    There is a drawback to the book, but it's pretty spoilery. Let me just say that, when I was presented with the villains' motivations, I was let down. I won't spoil it here, but I'm really hoping their reason for going after Rocket is more than what's first said in the last page of this issue, because otherwise it's a trope that could be seen as a little sexist. I'm confident that Young's a strong enough writer to avoid this, though, and it certainly won't stop me from continuing to read what is an otherwise stellar book Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Jul 2, 2014

    This is a series that doesnt seem to take itself too seriously. Were given a character that is strange and fowl, and loves to shoot guns off whenever possible. Young brings the humor and, together with Beaulieu, has created something exploding with great art and colors. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Jul 3, 2014

    I figured Id have fun with Rocket Raccoon #1 but wasnt sure how much. In the end it was quite a lot. The dialogue and story are funny and entertaining, the artwork is energetic and wonderfully well done. The book comes close to becoming too silly but will stand if handled right. Like his art, Youngs story wont appeal to everyone but those looking for an enjoyable introduction to Rocket Raccoon could do a lot worse. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett Jul 3, 2014

    It's not the most perfect first issue, but it still does a cracking job, setting the scene for the series and bringing Rocket back into the public eye with a bang. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Russ Burlingame Jun 30, 2014

    Rocket Raccoon starts off like a shot, and it ends up in a clever and surprising place. In between, it seems like it meanders a bit, but that can be forgiven when you take into account that this is hardly a first issue, despite that All-New #1 on the cover. The art is beautiful and perfectly tuned to the series, and Young has drawn inspiration from a number of sources, not least of which appears to be source material from Rocket's creator. The downside? Relying heavily on the Infinite Comics and evoking a particular other work so strongly make it feel like this issue doesn't stand on its own all that well...and when you've got 300,000 people reading it, that's going to be an awful lot of first impressions and quite possibly a lot of fairly confused new readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Stuart Conover Jul 5, 2014

    With a conspiracy in place and now in confinement, things seem to be looking bad for Rocket. However, with this all being part of the plan I suspect he is setting a trap of his own. While not as fun as this week's ‘Legendary Star-Lord,' this was still an enjoyable issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jackie Henley Jul 8, 2014

    The coloring by Jean-Francois Beaulieu (Avengers Arena) heightens the sci-fy galaxy in which Skottie (Marvel's Wizard of Oz comics) Young's alien creatures gather with human-kind alike to set the scenes for a wild Rocket Raccoon raucous. The uses of purples and greens give an immediate depth to the story that sucks you in from the very first frame, and carries you through to the end. The feature film looks to have borrowed the same dark and colored visual tones, and looks to stay true to the sometimes raunchy, and a little campy humor found within Rocket and his fellow Guardians we all know and love on the page. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Andrew Lamb Jul 14, 2014

    Skottie Young makes the arduous task of writing and illustrating look easy. After much thought, I've come to the conclusion that his drawings evoke a ToeJam and Earl vibe (any other Sega Genesis fans?), especially Star-Lord's cliff jumping panel. Colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu‘s reds, oranges, and yellows merely add to my conclusion. Rocket Raccoon #1 won't break down comic barriers or raise up comic awards, but it is fun to read, fun to look at, and fun to look forward to…and at the end of the day, isn't that why we spend $3.99? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Erik Radvon Jul 3, 2014

    Rocket Raccoon #1 is a fun kick-off to what just might be the comic series of the summer. While surprisingly risqu in parts, Scottie Young delivers the rare funny comic book that works. With gorgeous pages throughout and a unique energy that stands out from Marvel's other offerings, this is an enjoyable summertime comic book that dovetails nicely into the hype surrounding the Guardians of the Galaxy film. Don't hand this one off to your little brother or sister, but share it with any mature comics reader. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Latest Pull - Zack Myers Jul 7, 2014

    Most of the comic was hilarious. Rocket Raccoon is such a great and funny character and Skottie Young depicted him well. Reading this comic was a nice change from all of the more serious comics out there. The art style was also different, creating a more cartoony look with bright colors and cute looking characters. For those who are looking foreword to the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, this is one comic you want to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Jul 4, 2014

    Buy Rocket Raccoon #1 for the art. Skottie Young is an impressive talent, and Marvel has found for him the perfect character and world to draw. He can also be pretty funny. There is some idle banter between guards that was kind of fun. And some of the jokes even land. This is a quality comic from a quality creator. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    LeandroMDuarte Jul 4, 2014

    Great debut issue. However, I believe the first scene might have been a tad too violent for a purported all-ages book.

  • 9.0
    RSnoRSno Apr 30, 2016

    Coming off the immense popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Rocket stars in his very own series! Skottie Young is at it again with stunning artwork. Not too many people working in comics today can pull off such a unique style that has become this artist's trademark with such confidence. The writing is strong as well, with Young nailing Rocket's personality. This is a fun start to a series that has a lot of potential to be something fun and exciting amidst some of the more serious books on the shelves. It didn't completely knock it out of the park, but there really aren't any faults to be seen. Rocket is downright hilarious as a ladies'.. raccoon.. and I can't finish this review without mentioning the two page spread with the Groot wrestling match. It really is a testament to Young's skill and creativity. Lastly, shout out to the Jennifer Lawrence line, definitely a laugh out loud moment.

  • 8.5
    the green death Jul 5, 2014

    Loved the art more than the story but it overall quite good.

  • 8.5

    Rocket Raccoon gets his own series! With the Guardians of the Galaxy movie just a month away, this is the perfect time to learn more about the character and enjoy amazing Scottie Young art!. Young is the writer and artist on this book and you can really feel the fun he is having with Rocket as character. What is really surprising is the freedom that Marvel gave Young in this story, because this is not kid friendly book , and is more like Looney Toons rated "R", but hey, that sounds awesome right?! For this first issue, we find out the Rocket is wanted by the police. But for what? Could it be murder? No sir, it's multiple murders! Rocket believes he has been set up, but as Starlord points out ...murder is kind of his thing. You don't get the name Rocket Raccoon by accident, you know. (I know, the Beatles song, but that was like the fucking 70s) I really enjoyed the banter between Starlord and Rocket, because those characters have such a great relationship, and it did not take away from the feel of the book as a Rocket solo series. I hope they pepper in more Guardians in the series when it feels right and adds to the book, like it does here. For a first issue, Young does a great job of setting up the plot but also having fun and not going overboard with new characters and plot points. This is a great example of how to set the tone of a book, and that may be easier for Young, as he is also the artist with mad skills. Young's art fits this character like a glove that a raccoon is using to choke a man to death with, and I mean that in the best possible way. Young's style is super loose and cartoony with over the top motions and expressions that just makes the art feel fun. Young also does a great job on backgrounds and giving such detail that it makes the world feel more real. Add on the fact that this is a crazy space adventure and the art can go nuts, which gives a recipe for muffins ... I mean fun ... fuck that, I meant muffins.

  • 7.5
    JBL Reviews Jul 2, 2014

    Not for me, but others will love it

  • 7.5
    jac's picks Jul 21, 2014

    This first issue was good. The idea of an evil rocket is cool. I just don't care for the colors.

  • 7.0
    coby Jul 5, 2014

    Coby's Top 5 Comics of the Week

    I had heard some noise over Scottie Young getting a new book at Marvel but wasn't familiar with his work before this. I figured if 300,000+ issues of this #1 had been ordered, I'd better give it a try, too, to see what all the fuss is about! Young did not disappoint. This is about as much fast, fun action as you can pack into a comicbook. The plot's a little weak (something about all of Rocket's ex-es teaming up to kill him), but the art more than makes up for it.

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