Marvel Comics has just released preview pages for their new title I Am Groot, starring everyone’s favorite sentient tree with the big heart and limited vocabulary, Groot of the Guardians of the Galaxy! Christopher Hastings, best known from “The Unbelievable Gwenpool” takes on the writing chores, while “Power Man and Iron Fist” penciler Flaviano is on art duties.
The series looks to be yet another attempt by Marvel Comics for some corporate synergy with Marvel Studios, as Groot kicks off the series seemingly stuck in his small “Baby Groot” size, a form identical to the hugely cute, and hugely popular, version from the end of the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” film and its sequel, which is due out next week. While the obvious attempt to cash in on the popular iteration of the character may be too obvious and nakedly corporate for some, it could also be catnip to fans and readers who can’t get enough of the little shrub. And with Groot also seemingly separated from the rest of his team, and his perpetual partner and translator Rocket, the series sets it sights on proving good things can come in small packages.
I Am Groot #1 is in stores May 24, 2017.
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I! AM! GROOT! Your First Look at The New Series!
I Am Groot #1 – In Stores May 24th!
New York, NY—April 28th, 2016 — Big things come in small packages this May as the heart and soul of the Guardians of the Galaxy goes solo in his own series – smaller and better than ever! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside I AM GROOT #1 – the new comic series sprouting up on May 24th! Writer Christopher Hastings (The Unbelievable Gwenpool) teams with artist Flaviano (Power Man and Iron Fist) to bring you an all-new adventure of Groot branching out on his own! Spinning out of the events of the highly anticipated All-New Guardians of the Galaxy series, Groot doesn’t seem to be growing back to full size! And being small is about to be a big problem when Groot gets separated billions of light-years away from the rest of the team! Falling to a planet below, Groot discovers he is on an entirely alien and unknown world full of strange creature and societies. Underdeveloped with nobody who can understand him, Groot will embark on a journey across the universe to find his family. But first he needs to get off this planet! Easier said than done! Be there on May 24th when I AM GROOT #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere!
I AM GROOT #1 (MAR170951)
Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art by FLAVIANO
Cover by MARCO D’ALFONSO
Variant Covers by JAY FOSGITT (MAR170952) & GREG SMALLWOOD (MAR170953)
And SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR170956)
Hip-Hop Variant by THEOTIS JONES (MAR170954)
Night Night Groot Variant Also Available (MAR170957)
FOC – 05/01/17, On-Sale – 05/24/17