The darling of Guardians of the Galaxy is finally getting his own comic. Groot, the sentient tree-creature of very few words, will feature in Marvel’s latest addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy comic line, according to Mashable. In this upcoming series, we’ll see Groot become separated from Rocket, starting the giant on his own solo adventure.
When Rocket and Groot are on an intergalactic roadtrip and calamity strikes, the two get separated — and for the first time in years, Groot’s on his own! Written by comedic ace Jeff Loveness (“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”) and drawn by Marvel Comics newcomer Brian Kesinger (Disney Animation), get a front row seat for EXPLOSIONS, SPACE SHARKS, ALIENS, AND INTERGALACTIC HITCHHIKING (YEAH, BABY! YOU READ THAT RIGHT)! Whatever may be coming Groot’s way, one thing’s for sure — it’s going to be a GROOT adventure!
Marvel is planning on using Groot to let us in on how Rocket and Groot ended up together, and it sounds like comedy is going to be a major focus. In preparation for writing a character of so few words, Loveness has taken time to study up on silent films from icons Hayao Miyazaki and Charlie Chapman. Loveness explains that the comic will rely more on visual comedy than dialogue:
It’s a challenge, and also part of the fun. Being a comedy writer on TV, you make your living on words and turns of phrase and jokes. So with Groot you’ve gotta dig deep and find a lot of physical comedy.
Brian Kesinger, who has worked for Walt Disney Studios for 16 years, will make his Marvel debut as illustrator for Groot. His works are generally heavily influenced by Victorian steampunk, and you may have seen some panels from his book, Walking Your Octopus, floating around the internet.
With Groot getting his own title and The Legendary Star-Lord, Gamora, and Rocket Racoon already in print, the only character on the Guardians of the Galaxy team currently getting no comic love is Drax. However, Groot is the only title of the four that has been announced for publication during the Secret Wars story-arc. There has yet to be any connection made between Secret Wars and Groot.