Writer Skottie Young
Artist Filipe Andrade
Color Artist Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterer Jeff Eckleberry
Design Manny Mederos
Cover Dated March 2016
So we finally made our way to Missoula, so I was able to visit Muse Comics. It wasn’t a bad store, they only had year old comics but I was able to get this issue and Guardians of Infinity 4 that I thought I bought a while ago but didn’t. I bought the second print of this issue, which I’m still debating if that bothers me or not. Not like I ever plan on reselling this comic so I’m fine with it.
The recap page pokes fun of the eight month jump from Secret Wars 2016. Rocket and Groot have disappeared.
Eight Months After All That Crazy Secret Wars Stuff. The Guardians, including Pryde, are under the impression that Rocket and Groot are dead. Which seems silly, to me, especially from Pryde – as she knows so many people who have come back from the dead.
Grimm being, rather grimm, says he isn’t that affected – which seems super messed up. This is a rushed funeral for crying out loud, have some respect. So this is eight months later and Grimm has known them that long, so how long have they been missing? A week or two? They don’t even have bodies to put in the makeshift coffin.
Pryde gives Drax a moment to reflect on his two would-be fallen allies. Drax points out that Rocket loved that gun on the table and Groot was a tree person who only said the same words over and over. With that, Drax walks away. Agent Venom has been with the two title characters for a few years now (publication years, that is) so he should be pretty sad too.
Pryde pulls a lever and the coffin goes out inot space.
Pryde says a small speech – as she’s amazing and awesome – that covers this page and the next one. Heroes do live on in the memories of those who they have saved.
Pryde’s speech include show Rocket and Groot can never been replaced. Which transitions us to Pockets the Mouse and Shrub who only says “Me are Shrub.”
I do own the fourth issue of this series, so I know how this storyline ends.
Pockets and Shrub’s ship flies through the coffin. Their ship is being chased by another ship. They finally get to Harren-3, to receive an item. Th person they are being paid buy sure does look like Groot, if he was one to wear a hood to conceal his identity.
The Next Morning. Now they are heading towards C-23. They are going to meet a Lord Rakzoon. If you pronounce that aloud, you may get a hint of who that is. Pockets and Shrub think that name is pretty crazy-arse.
Later, On the Planet Where This Crazy-Ass Tyrant Lives. Lord Rakzoon sentences the pair to torture and death. One of the troopers pistol whips Pockets and calls him a rodent. Lord Rakzoon sentences that trooper to death. No one should be called a rodent.
Lord Rakzoon is told by another trooper that the pair was here to deliver him an item. So they shall still be tortured but not killed. The trooper is still going to be killed, for name calling.
In private, Lord Rakzoon opens a cage and sees Groot! I do like how Lord Rakzoon asks who he is, setting Groot up to say, I am Groot! Poor Groot, someone has gone and craved random words into his bark.