Rocky's pluck doesn't stop him getting a telling off from the boss, mind, so he quits, black affronted by the revelation that he was only employed in the first place to meet a 'cute sentient animals quota'.
Besides, he has to find the one person who can help him learn just who would send a wooden clown against him - Groot. But when Rocky arrives on Groot's homeworld, expecting that finding his friend will be a breeze, he's in for a surprise that leads to a shocking final page.
The story is a delight from start to finish, thanks to the personality of Rocket Raccoon, a less grouchy Howard the Duck. He's making the best of a bad situation, and while he's trying to avoid heroics - six months on from the Cancerverse business, he's still mourning his lost friends - he's quick to rise to the occasion.
Green finds a terrific balance between weird aliens and recognisable office drones, and there's a splendid animated quality to his line which serves the story well. A word of praise, too, to colourist Nathan Fairbairn for a palette far removed from that of your average space opera.
Alex Garner provides the electric cover. There's a Rocket Raccoon and Groot variant, presumably intended for their 'solo' book. If ever there was a case for a double cover, it's this - what a shame Marvel never opted for it.