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Rocket Raccoon & Groot: Steal the Galaxy! Prose Novel (Rocket Racoon &…

by Dan Abnett

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While the Guardians of the Galaxy are on a temporary break, Rocket and Groot (the talking raccoon and the walking tree) are wandering the galaxy trying to make a semi-legal living when they encounter a Rigellian Recorder Unit who is being pursued by the Badoon. They take him on, and before they know it, they are being chased by most of the Galaxy's major powers (and their old teammate Gamora) and may have the fate of the entire universe in their (disconcertingly human) hands!

Despite the timing of its release and the fact you can't tell from the marketing, this book is set in the universe of the comics, not the movie. In fact, the 616 universe that's been the main Marvel universe for decades and which the editors are now busily destroying, so maybe its fate was better off in the hands of Groot and Rocket anyway. If you know them mainly from the movie you'll still enjoy the book - their characterization didn't change much, and the book does a great job of exploring the breadth of the comics' Cosmic milieu without assuming any prior knowledge.

It's a rollicking fun space adventure that was sadly spoiled a bit by how badly it wants to be Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, right down to the computerized exposition-provider, the obsession with brain-melting cocktails, and trying very hard to make the Marvel version of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation a thing. Which isn't a bad way to go really, but let's face it, nobody else can be Douglas Adams. It's also got some weird, hmm, tonal shifts as a result, given that it's been marketed as YA but is full of things like the aforementioned cocktails and the POV robot constantly lusting in a really creepy way over Gamora's ass despite being otherwise presented as not having biological instincts.

That said, Rocket and Groot and the rest of the crew are SO MUCH FUN and I would definitely recommend it if you like the comics or the movie and want a novel-length action-y romp.
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  melannen | Jan 1, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0785189777, Hardcover)

Marvel's first original prose novel, featuring the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy! These are not the Avengers or the Fantastic Four - in fact, they're barely even famous - but Rocket Raccoon and the faithful Groot are the baddest heroes in the cosmos, and they're on the run across the Marvel Universe! During a spaceport brawl, the infamous pair rescues an android Recorder from a pack of alien Badoons, Everyone in the galaxy, however, including the ruthless Kree Empire and the stalwart Nova Corps, seems to want that Recorder, who's about as sane as a sandwich with no mustard. Join Rocket and Groot on a free-for-all across the stars while they try to save all of existence-again!

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Marvel's first original prose novel, featuring the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy! These are not the Avengers or the Fantastic Four--in fact, they're barely even famous--but Rocket Raccoon and the faithful Groot are the baddest heroes in the cosmos, and they're on the run across the Marvel Universe! During a spaceport brawl, the infamous pair rescues an android Recorder from a pack of alien Badoons. Everyone in the galaxy, however, including the ruthless Kree Empire and the stalwart Nova Corps, seems to want that Recorder, who's about as sane as a sandwich with no mustard. Join Rocket and Groot on a free-for-all across the stars while they try to save all of existence--again!… (more)

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