‘Groot’ gets an origin story in May

Dan Abnett and Damian Couceiro will revisit Groot’s origins in a new miniseries.

As Marvel’s new Guardians of the Galaxy series sets the stage for the future of the team, a new miniseries will explore one character’s past.

Groot by writer Dan Abnett and artist Damian Couceiro will reveal the origin story of everyone’s favorite alien tree, bringing Abnett back to a character he helped to redefine.

“I am Groot! No, that’s not right… I am delighted to be back WITH Groot for this series that will explore his early life and adventures, reveal some secrets of his home and his people, introduce some fantastic new characters, reveal a couple of big secrets… and also guest star some VERY unexpected Marvel characters,” Abnett told Marvel.com. “So it’s back to the future for a blast from the past…. no, that’s not right either… If you like Marvel Cosmic, you’re going to LOVE this.”

cover by Lee Garbett

One of those characters appears on the cover — the original Captain Marvel, aka Mar-Vell, who will be a young Kree solider in the four-issue miniseries:

Before he was a Guardian of the Galaxy…before the Grootfall…young Groot lived a life of tranquility on his serene home world. But when monstrous invaders attack his planet, Groot must accept his heroic destiny! But will this destiny lead him to come to blows with a young Kree soldier by the name of Mar-Vell? 

“I’m thrilled to be working along with Dan on this origin story of Groot!” Couceiro said. “Groot is a super fun character to work with. He’s cute but also brave and a warrior, so there is a lot to play with, and Dan came up with a crazy epic story full of action and fun that I think readers will enjoy a lot!”

We know that Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Kev Walker and Matt Hollingsworth have plans for Groot in their new series; despite the fact that he isn’t one of the five main characters in the comic, he will be involved in “Grootfall,” which Marvel ominously teased with the announcement last week:

Groot #1 will arrive in stores May 3.

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