By Al Ewing, Adam Gorham & Michael Garland
Two weeks ago, Marvel relaunched Guardians of the Galaxy with an All-New title to coincide with the team’s return to cinemas. Last week, it was team member Rocket Raccoon’s turn as he took the next step in his journey from that “black hole somewhere in Sirius Major.” Rocket’s evolution as a character has been a fascinating one from his unassuming debut in an incomplete science-fiction serial to a brilliant solo limited-series, followed by two decades of obscurity until gaining a prominent place on the post-Annihilation Guardians of the Galaxy. With the imminent arrival of the first Guardians movie, Marvel gave Rocket another shot a solo series, which, give or take the standard marketing driven relaunching, Rocket has steadily maintained over the past three years. For most of this time, his exploits were delightfully scripted by Skottie Young. The post-Young issues have ranged from charming (Nick Kocher’s) to meh (Matthew Rosenberg’s). Last week Al Ewing assumed scripting duties, immediately breathing fresh air into the title once again.