Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall! (Marvel Middle Grade Novel)

Tom Angleberger
After battling deadly space piranhas in Sector 7 of theCosmos, Rocket and Groot crash-land on a planet made entirely of strip malls!There are dry cleaners, nail salons, 99 cent stores, 98 cent stores, chain restaurants,and maniacal robots bent on customer service. Sounds like paradise, right?Wrong. It doesn't take long for Rocket to discover that the place is infestedwith raccoon-eating toilets! That's right. KILLER toilets! Badly injured fromthe piranha fight, the totally-butt-kicking-duo have no ship, no guns, nomoney, no food, no water . . . BUT . . they have each other. Oh, and Veronica,the totally awesome super-intelligent tape dispenser!! (She told us to saythat).Told through the eyes of Rocket, STRANDED ON PLANET STRIPMALL features simple black-and-white drawings throughout, as Rocket uses aspace stylus to express his adventures, visually, while Veronica, their spacerecording companion, lays out the adventure in text! Granted, the drawings aredone by a space Raccoon with a bad attitude, but what would happen if he gaveGroot a shot to draw an adventure they had been on? What would we get? We'llfind out in the final chapter!


Reviewed: 2016-05-30

Not quite in character  Grimlock ♥ Vision Marvel

And I'm not sure it could be: Rocket is hyper violent and swears up a storm.   But Marvel wants to introduce their popular characters - like Rocket and Deadpool - to a younger audience.   


Which means this feel flat for me.   Rocket said monkeybutt a lot, as well as one possum poop, and used the phrase ding-dang. Angleberger was obviously hampered by the target audience - too young in my opinion - so he did his valiant best to keep this truly in character, but a lot of it just felt really forced for me.  Know what else didn't help?   The illustrations, which felt sloppy and like they were trying to make kids feel at home.  (There's a nice bit where Groot doodles on the same app and comes up with something much more polished, which I felt touched upon the fact that the art was done that way on purpose, but id didn't make me like the art any better.)


There was also a mention of Half-World which isn't really mentioned that often in the recent comics, and isn't at all in the MCU as far as I know, so I'm wondering what continuity it's set in, and I just don't know.   That bothered me: I thought it was MCU and now I don't know.   The text should have given me some clue, but threw me off instead.


The book can be summed up in this quote: "None of the stores want to sell us anything.   They just want us to use the bathroom!   And the bathroom just wants to eat us!"


I bought this for that sentence, and the crackfic aspect of this book.   I figured it would be funny, and it was, so I enjoyed it, despite the aspects that I felt worked against it in the end.   There were also moments that the author really got Rocket.  


"A children's menu?   Who you calling a children?"  


I can see Rocket saying that.  


It ended with more crackiness.   "We're the baddest buttkickers in the known universe, and now we're about to kick our own butts..."


Overall, enjoyable.   I threw money at this book to support Rocket, and to show my support with my wallet in the hopes that Marvel would continue writing books about Rocket.   I don't regret owning this and might come back and reread it in the next year or two.   It was a fun, mindless way to spend an hour or so, and I think a reread would  be more enjoyable since I can go in eyes wide open and know what to expect the next time around.  I also appreciate that there are four bookmarks in the back, but hate taking things like out of the book - and I know I'll destroy the bookmarks eventually as they are flimsier - so I'm keeping them in the book.   They'd be fun to rip out if I were still a kid, though. 


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