The Guardians of the Galaxy started over in a new series this week, and their first adventure was to form a new team in order to kick the asses of the Greek gods, who are trying to take over space. But who cares about that, when Rocket Raccoon has upgraded his look.
The notorious RLI (that is, Raccoon-Like Individual) had a recent brush with death, when he realized that all the technological implants in his body were breaking down. Embarrassed by his condition, he ran away from the Guardians to live the rest of his days in sickly solitude on a lonely planet, but, naturally, was called into action one last time. In saving the galaxy, Rocket died, came back, and received life-saving surgery to remove all his implants. Now he’s a new man — er, raccoon — er, raccoon-like individual.
And now he wears suits.
What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this past week. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” There may be some spoilers. There may not be enough context. Let’s get started!
Guardians of the Galaxy #1
Rocket’s fit has even got a little belt! It’s very fashionable and very adorable.
Superman recently revealed that he and Clark Kent are the same person, and Action Comics #19 shows the fallout in the Daily Planet newsroom. There are a lot of good hugs, and nice moments, but my favorite is Perry White’s faulty assumption that Clark Kent was just pretending to be a hot mess.
There are a number of nice short Wonder Woman stories in Wonder Woman #750, but for my money, the real reason to get the issue is to see elder statespersons of superhero illustration like José Luis García-López and Ramona Fradon take passes on the character.
John Constantine: Hellbazer #3
Si Spurrier’s first Hellblazer story feels simultaneously like a John Constantine yarn straight out of the Vertigo era, and relevant to the modern UK. It’s been a great read and I hope for a lot more.
Tini Howard’s Rogue and Gambit are the sexiest.
It feels like every issue of Marauders has a mutant yelling an anti-fascist slogan at a Nazi and I say this as the opposite of a complaint.
Family Tree #3
Family Tree’s story continues to intrigue me (or perhaps it IN-TREE-GS me????), and with Hester’s talent for layouts to tell the story, I just keep reading issues.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer
In a break in our usual routine, I’m going to feature this graphic novel adaptation of YA novel even though it came out two weeks ago. Warbringer is a really great Wonder Woman story BUT ALSO LOOK HOW CUTE ATHENA’S OWL IS.