He’s back true believers, to coincide with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, everyone’s favorite alien tree is getting his own title. Once again, Groot will be taking center stage in a new series called simply called I Am Groot.
Writer Christopher Hastings (Unbelievable Gwenpool, Vote Loki) is teaming up with artist Flaviano Armentaro (Power Man and Iron Fist, Guardians of Infinity) to tell this new adventure for Groot. In this series, Groot finds himself alone, stranded on an alien planet new to him and us the readers. He is billions of light-years away from the Guardians. He must now find his way back to his family, which involves going to the center of this new world.
In his 2015 series, Groot proved that he could survive on his own. However, this time, he will be stuck in his baby form, and will have no one that can understand him. When talking about the series, Mr. Hastings actually made the comparison to The Legend of Zelda video game series to ComicBook.com. In which, Link, the hero, never utters a single word.
“I’m excited to take the very cute, very small Groot and completely remove him from the comfort zone of the Guardians of the Galaxy (which is already kind of limited, comfort wise). He’s stranded in an extremely strange land and must find a way back home, with no way for anyone to understand him. The immediate initial draw is that this little Groot is super cute and really funny. But it really was his limited abilities to communicate that the story grew out of. I started thinking about the Zelda games that Link doesn’t talk in, and why they manage to have such rich worlds and stories all the same, how to take something like that mute first person character experience and translate it into a comic.”When discussing this strange new world our little hero finds himself on, Mr. Hastings added:
“He’s certainly more comfortable with this “family” (as dysfunctional as that family may be). Without Rocket to translate for him, we actually get to see a bit more of Groot since it’s not being told through another character’s perspective. Oh, he’ll certainly be meeting other denizens of this planet along the way. Flaviano just sent in sketches of a simultaneously adorable and disturbing pug-like creature that befriends Groot, for starters. Everything is bigger and scarier than him, but sometimes he just doesn’t really care. So it’s a very creepy world, but this funny little twerp just runs right through it.”
I Am Groot #1 is set to come out this May. It is the same month as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but it is unclear if it will be released before or after the film. Personally, I am really excited for this. I really like things that aren’t afraid to get a little weird, and this looks right up my alley. What do you guys think? Will you pick up issue #1? Let us know in the comments below.