Things are about to get a lot more adorable in the cosmic realms of the Marvel Universe, as the publisher has announced a brand new series this summer starring Baby Groot during the ComicsPRO annual meeting, according to Comicbook.com.
Titled I Am Groot, the series comes from Gwenpool, The Unbelieveable writer Chris Hastings and artist Flaviano. Stuck in a smaller size form, Groot is stranded billions of light years from the Guardians of the Galaxy and must find his way home.
“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),” Hastings told Comicbook.com. “He’s stranded in an extremely strange land and must find a way back home, with no way for anyone to understand him.”
Groot’s new series arrives just in time for the character’s return to the big screen in May’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and joins a relaunch of the Guardians related titles with May’s All-New Guardians of the Galaxy and Rocket series.
This marks the characters second solo title in the last few years, and offers the interesting prospect of a main character who is mostly unable to communicate with those that he will encounter on this journey.
“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,” Hastings said. “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.”
Check out the solicitation below for I Am Groot #1 which arrives in May.
I AM GROOT #1
CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS (W) • FLAVIANO (A)
Cover by Marco D’ALFONSO
Variant cover by Jay Fosgitt
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
HIP-HOP VARIANT COVER BY TBA
YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG (NEW)
YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG (ORIGINAL)
NIGHT NIGHT GROOT VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
GROOT IN HIS OWN SERIES, SMALLER AND BETTER THAN EVER!
When the Guardians of the Galaxy get caught in a wormhole, a smaller-than-normal Groot is separated billions of light-years away from the team. Falling to a planet below, Groot discovers he is on an entirely alien and unknown world full of strange creatures and societies. Seriously underdeveloped and with nobody who can understand him, Groot will need to make the journey to the center of this world and find the way back to his family!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99