If you aren't skipping the first story and going straight to the Timothy Green II anthropomorphic animal spectacular, you are among the few.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Cover Artist: Alex Garner
Annihilators (1st Story) - "Wraithfire"
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Penciler: Tan Eng Huat
Rocket Raccoon and Groot (2nd Story) - "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World"
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Artist: Timothy Green II
Publisher: Marvel Comics
$4.99 for 42 pages
After reading Annihilators #3 I started to wonder: what will Marvel take away from the Annihilators 4 issue experience? From what I hear (from my local retailer sources) the sales numbers for the book have been pretty good; but unfortunately, readers seem to be unimpressed with the lead story involving the Silver Surfer, Gladiator and the rest of the powerful Annihilator team.
The first story in Annihilators #3 has the powerful team of the Silver Surfer, Gladiator, Ronan the Accuser, Quasar and Beta Rey Bill getting involved with a planet that is in space-limbo. Helping the planet, Wraithworld, is the key to restoring cosmic balance and saving another planet, Galador. Basically, the team needs to fight some "Army of the Ages" and everything should be good...I think. I didn't really understand what the point of going to another limbo planet was.
The reveal at the end of the story (the first story) is really the only thing that slightly interested or entertained me. You get a little "Remember these bad dudes? Well, they're back and up to sneaky things again." Does that give away what the reveal is? If you pick up the book and bother to read the first story, take a closer look at the lettering on the last page. VC's Joe Caramagna does an excellent job with the unique lettering style for the specific page.
The lovable Rocket Raccoon and his large stick side-kick Groot fill the second half of Annihilators #3 with the wild and weird tale of Rocket's past. Rocket, in an attempt to find out what mysterious forces are drawing him to the odd Halfworld Asylum for the Criminally Insane, accidentally stumbles into the plans of a Mad Mad Mad Mad creature. The story of Rocket and Groot only continues to get stranger with this installment by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning.
Need a reason to get mixed-up in this fury filled adventure? Timothy Green II...there's your answer. TG2 is putting together the art run of his career with this Rocket and Groot arc. His character design for each anthropomorphized animal in Annihilators #3 creates a playful tone fit for any adventure about a raccoon and his branch buddy. My personal favorite new animal creation is the short lived Jakes Judson, a mole (or possibly possum...but I think mole because that would make more sense). He's a cute little guy who gets a nice little freak-out close-up (great panel) just before his head explodes.
Besides the animal design there is also a lovely design for the memory inducing head-gear doohickey which is very reminiscent of the invention Doc Brown creates in Back to the Future (the head piece Doc wears when he first meets Marty in the past).
Rocket Raccoon and the Hulk by Timothy Green II
TG2 has art which may be able to take Rocket Raccoon to new heights if Rocket was also paired with a big Marvel name...like the Hulk. Rocky first appeared with the Hulk in 1982 and I think it is about time the two get back together. Besides this brief glimpse of the two characters together in Annihilators #3 (as seen above), you can check out some other sketches (of the Hulk and others) by TG2 on his Timothy Green II Deviant page.
As a comic reviewer, I of course would hope that some people at Marvel read online reviews to get an idea of what readers seem to be interested in; however, at the same time I understand that while some aspects of an issue may be critically amazing, those aspects may also not have the ability to sell product at a desirable rate. Though I, and many others, may want a Rocket Raccoon only issue, RR may not be a strong enough character to make it worth Marvel's use of time and resources. Thus...adding the Hulk.
Annihilators #3 has it's moments...most of which are from the 20th page back. If you haven't started to grab these books because it is only a mini-series or because it is a $4.99 book, I understand. But if you pass when the trade collecting the Rocket Raccoon and Groot arc comes out then I will just assume that you are blind and buy braille comic books.
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Review by: Dom G