As explained in All-New Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot is stuck in baby form. This immediately puts him at a higher risk for danger in any given mission. I Am Groot doesn’t explore why that is too much, but it presents an entirely new storyline for us to jump into. While the team is drifting through space, they come upon something rather strange. A curious and hyper baby Groot decides to go towards it, but before the entire team can escape, Groot ejects himself from the ship and gets stranded on a new planet—in another dimension. With the portal to the dimension closed, the Guardians have no idea how to go back for him.
There is less focus on the narration and more on characterization and visuals in this issue. Groot is stuck in infant form, and he certainly acts like it. He can’t really calm down, and is intrigued by every little thing that he sees. Without taking consequences into account, he jumps at the opportunity to explore new territory. We don’t see too much characterization of the other members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but I have a feeling we might see a bit more of them as they try to rescue Groot from Terminal.
The writing is natural and smooth, telling for the characters in the team. They have always had a dysfunctional family type of vibe, and this issue treats the Guardians no differently. The dialogue is fluid and pushes the issue along at a decent pace. Groot is always expressive with his usual dialogue of “I am Groot.” Joe Caramagna’s lettering is in large part what conveys Groot’s emotional responses.
Flaviano’s illustrations are gorgeous. The tone of this issue is similar to that of All-New Guardians of the Galaxy, and appropriately so, as the two tie-in a bit. Each member of the Guardians has their own look and mannerisms, which add a lot to the characterization in this story. The real treats are the anomalies that we see happening around the ship in the cosmos. Marcio Menyz’s colors come into play a lot with these. We get to see bright bursts of color, breaks in time and space, strange phenomena that literally look like they’re glowing right on the page. The design for Terminal’s landscape and atmosphere is pretty unique but rather cautious, too. There’s a darker tone coming from this place, and I can only imagine what that means for Groot!
This is a great story that makes a fun and entertaining addition to the Guardians books. I’m not all too sure what to expect from Groot in this new environment, but I can’t wait to see what he makes of it all! This is definitely an issue that any Guardians fan is going to want to check out, so head over to your local comic shop and give it a read!
Written by: Christopher Hastings
Illustrated by: Flaviano