With ‘Rocket‘ Raccoon getting his own series it should surprise no one that ‘I Am Groot’ has been announced as a new standalone book! This comes quickly as to comments made that a spin-off Groot movie might be in the works and right before ‘Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2‘ hits the big screen!
I love Groot, but that isn’t why I am so excited about the comic. No, it’s the fact that Christopher Hastings who is responsible for one of my favorite webcomics of all time, ‘Dr. McNinja‘, is the man behind the pen on this one. I can’t wait to see what he writes into the story!
I’m sure fans of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ film will be most excited to see that we’re also getting the leading character in Baby Groot form.
One of the first things you’ll have to wonder though on how a Groot-centric tale will work is the language barrier that he has with others:
Groot’s lack of communication definitely poses a challenge, but I’ve really made it a point to tackle everything from that position, not to try and ignore or work around the problem. I’m really making it a point that the story works with his character, and that he finds himself in situations where he can clearly show emotional reactions, even if he can’t express something that more complex language demands.
How does Groot get by without his friends, smaller than normal, and on a strange and dangerous world?
“Groot certainly feels vulnerable on this scary world we strand him on, but I consider this little Groot a very impulsive character, so we won’t see him quivering in a safe cave for the length of the series.
And without Rocket, he does get very frustrated trying to talk to people. Part of his quest will involve finding a way to get others to understand that he wants to get back home.
I also try to explore how other characters interpret Groot. We often see him through the lens of the Guardians he spends time with, especially Rocket. How would someone who doesn’t know him interpret his intentions?”
A lack of understanding leads to some mischief on his journey as Hastings says that:
“Like I said, Groot’s a little troublemaker. And the planet he lands on has remained in a sort of stasis for a very long time. The creatures that still live there would rather that stasis not get disturbed but…Groot doesn’t care! Groot wants to get home! He’ll upset everything to pull it off. But he definitely needs to figure out a way for people to understand what he says first.’
It sounds like we’ll have a tale full of heart and humor which is exactly what Hastings is known to bring and what makes Groot such a loveable character to begin with. I have high hopes for something amazing here.
Are you looking forward to ‘I Am Groot’? Do you feel that this or ‘Rocket’ will be the more entertaining series? Share your thoughts below True Believers!
‘I Am Groot’ #1 is due in comic shops this May!
Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!