Chimera’s Champion Comics – I am Groot #1

Chimera’s Comics presents a series of recent, or upcoming titles that showcase the excellence of graphic storytelling and the comic book industry! The following article is written and presented by Dani of the LaGrange staff:

Marvel has taken an unusually large gamble with their recent onslaught of Guardians comics following the theatrical release of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (a whopping seven different series), and while most of them seem to be hit-or-miss additions, the latest release of ‘I am Groot’ is a welcome extension of charming adventure, if only for a specific audience.

 

Everyone’s favorite little Guardian Groot is deep into some mischief that sees him on an accidental solo trip through the cosmos, disappearing through inter-dimensional wormholes and becoming stranded on a foreign planet with some ‘familiar’ faces and some new ones.

The ‘cosmic’ subject matter of comics has long been a baffling trope, one that effectively explains-away the less ‘realistic’ portions of plot, but can serve as a confusing turn-off for new readers if not executed well. In the case of ‘I am Groot’, there isn’t much explanation necessary to the plot; the Guardians are somewhere in space, as they usually are, and they’re meeting other alien races through shenanigans, as they usually do. But there seems to be some hidden joke behind some of the aliens that turn up in the issue, and I find myself curious, and kind of ‘left hanging’ to know who they are. For older readers looking for a more gritty peek into the vast mysteries of celestials, gems of power or what-have-you, this may not be the book for you.

 

As a comic for kids or teens however, this book is a really nice simplifier to some of the complexities of the Marvel comic universe if not by visuals alone. Flaviano Armentaro (Power Man & Iron Fist, Harley Quinn and Grayson) gives energy to static of outer space with brilliant color schemes and painterly achievement. The vibrancy of these pages give new life to an otherwise dark abyss of stars and the space in between, catering to both the entertainment of spaceship action and the inquisitive exploration of strange, new worlds. Written with childlike ambition by Christopher Hastings (Adventure TimeDeadpool, and Howard the Duck), the story is one on-par with the film’s heart, where dysfunctional family silliness meets the dangers of being heroes-for-hire.

 

This is a surprising little book with a big soul and a lot of potential. If you have kids or young adults that are big fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is an excellent comic series to subscribe to. Right now, there’s actually rather few titles from the big hitters like DC and Marvel for children, so my hope is that this book will be an inspiring chieftain to sprout new books for readers of all ages.

 

Check out this premiere issue and subscribe to the series ‘I am Groot’, available now at Chimera’s Comics Oak Lawn and LaGrange!