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Groot is a six-issue 2015 miniseries about...Groot.

Can you guess why it came into existence?

On a road, er, space trip to Earth, Rocket Raccoon and Groot run into some bumps, including their transport blowing up, space sharks, incompetent Skrulls, and bounty hunters. Said bounty hunters are after Groot for his high bounty (somehow even higher than Rocket's), and events forces Groot and Rocket apart. Now, Groot must travel the Marvel Cosmos in order to save his best friend, running into some familiar and unfamiliar characters along the way.

The series was written by Jeff Loveness and illustrated by Brian Kesinger, with cover art by Declan Shalvey of Moon Knight and Injection fame.

I am Tropes:

  • Alien Abduction: The Groots of Planet X have been coming to Earth for some time to kidnap people for experimentation.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Groot was the smallest and kindest of Planet X's Flora colossus and was thus barely minded by the others.
  • Composite Character: Groot is his movie counterpart's kindness combined with his comic version's hidden intelligence.
  • Forgot About His Powers: One of the Skrulls Groot encounters forgot he was a Super Skrull, and thus had the firepower to defend his friends.
  • Heroic BSoD: When Groot's tracker, which was leading him to Rocket, loses power, the big guy screams in rage.
  • The Idealist: Groot is almost nothing but optimism.
  • Imagine Spot: Groot hallucinates a world where everybody is Groot.
  • Mythology Gag: A panel in Issue 6 is a direct recreation of Tales To Astonish #13
  • Noodle Incident: Groot somehow has a higher bounty than Rocket.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • While he's being taken, Rocket yells for Groot to tell everyone he can about the abduction. Groot sadly reminds him of the obvious. Rocket immediately realizes his mistake.
    • Everyone who's not Rocket when Groot absorbs all the energy in a solar grenade and transforms into a giant.
  • Origins Episode: Two of them. The first is how Groot and Rocket met while in prison. The second is Groot's own origin detailing his exile from Planet X.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The three Skrulls are terrible at comming up with and maintaining convincing disguises. Most of the time they all disguise themselves as the exact same person.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: Groot comes across Numinus in space. She's currently in a Heroic BSoD after witnessing the recent tragedies of the Marvel Universe such as Wanda's mental breakdown, the Civil War, and Dark Phoenix Cyclops killing Xavier. She questions if anything is even salvageable anymore but Groot restores her faith with three words. Of course, since this is Groot, those three words hold infinitely more meaning than they seem.
  • Retcon: The Groot from Tales To Astonish #13 is not the Groot that joined the Guardians of the Galaxy, rather another larger member of the species of which Guardians!Groot is the smallest and least cruel.
  • Road Trip Plot: The whole premise.
  • Robo Romance: The Manbot and A.P.E.
    Rocket: I give it a month, tops.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Once Rocket hears that Groot is visiting Earth to see a woman named Hannah, Rocket assumes that Groot's dating her and teases him about it. She's really not. She's just an old woman that Groot saved when she was a child and promised to revisit once he got the chance.
  • Shout-Out: "Help! The Manbot has fallen and can't get up!"
  • Story-Breaker Power: Why the Silver Surfer only appears for one issue and is then never seen again. Lampshaded by Rocket.
    Rocket: What do you mean you had the Silver Surfer? Where is he???
    Groot: I am...Groot.
  • Take That!: On a doomed planet, a scientist is preparing to put his son into a rocketship to save him from their world's destruction. Then Rocket and Groot show up to steal the rocket and the scientist is reprimanded by his wife for not bothering to create a backup ship that could hold all three of them.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change!: Numinus. Too bad she sucks at it.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Rocket has no qualms about stealing a rocketship from a baby and leave it to die on an exploding planet.

Alternative Title(s): Groot 2015