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Comic Book Questions Answered – When Did Groot and Rocket Raccoon Become Best Friends?

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Comic Book Questions Answered – When Did Groot and Rocket Raccoon Become Best Friends?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Today’s question comes from Chris E. and it is a surprisingly good one (I don’t mean this as a shot at Chris, just that I was surprised by how the answer is really not as simple as I first thought):

I really like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, both the comics and the movie. I was recently reading the trades of the Abnett & Lanning run, and I started wonder:Exactly when did the Rocket & Groot friendship become a big part of their characterization? Now their friendship is a big part of their characterization, everyone associates them with each other, and they even share a series. But in the Abnett & Lanning run, they interact very little. Rocket seems to be closer with Star-Lord than anyone else, really. Is this something that originated with the movie, or are there some issues I’m missing?

Read on for the answer!

If you were to distill it down to its simplest form, the answer BASICALLY originates in the Starlord mini-series that led into Annihilation Conquest. Written by Keith Giffen and drawn by Timothy Green II and Victor Olazaba, the series features Peter Quill being enlisted by the Kree into forming a sort of “Suicide Squad”…

Two of the members are Rocket Raccoon and Groot…

In the second issue, we get basically the answer to Chris’ question – Groot and Rocket Raccoon formed a bond while working together…

Later, Groot is seemingly killed and Rocket is quite upset…

Groot survived in smaller form, so Rocket became HIS ride…

At the end of the series, Groot is back to regular size, and now the team was set to move over to the main Annihilation Conquest (where they and Marvel’s other heroes work together to fight a Phalanx Invasion led by Ultron).

Go to the next page to see Groot and Rocket’s interaction in that series…

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