GOTG Guide For NOOBS! Series: Character Bio - Groot

This is a supplemental article to the "GOTG Guide For Noobs". In this installment we focus on Groot, his origins, and his eventual addition to the Guardians. Especially now that Vin Diesel has been confirmed to be playing the role.

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By E.F. "Manny" Camacho - 9/7/2013

Groot, The Mountain from Planet X, Divine Majesty King Groot the 23rd


Abilities: Can Absorb Wood and Plant Matter to increase regeneration and Strength; can continue to gain strength if he keeps absorbing matter. He can regenerate from one leftover sprig if he is virtually destroyed. His wooden hide is immune to conventional weapons and general uses of fire up to a high degree of temperature.
Occupation: King of Planet X
Powers:Thor / Hulk level Strength, and can control other plant life
Weapons: Usually Unarmed, but has been seen wielding various rifles, guns, and cannons.

Groot, is quite an interesting character for a variety of reasons. He is a genius engineer, massive in size, extremely strong, and is the monarch of his world; however his general patterns of speech due to vocal cords of stiffened wood, prevent him from communicating with other humanoids in normal speech consistently, as he seems to mostly say his name, "I AM GROOT", very often. But his language is derived from the subtlety in how he says the name. So expect a Pokemon-esque performance from Vin Diesel in the film, unless they decide to alter the complexity of his speech. Makes you wonder if Diesel actually knew he was getting a general set of lines. At least Groot is not like this all of the time; Groot does generally have other things to say.

Aside from the way he talks, two of the most interesting aspects of this character are literally his near immortality and his insane level of strength. Groot has died in the comics three different times, or was believed to have died, only to end up regenerating completely!




What's more interesting about Groot is literally the character he started out as, and the character he became known for now. I can actually say it this way "...Interesting as the character he started out as, and the random character he become." His first appearance was in Tales to Astonish #13 and he essentially arrived on earth, like you do...you know, on occasion, and decided to start some shit!

What did he do?

He decided to use the plant life to create a form of web and netting. Think like a fishnet at sea. That he was going to use to rip an entire town out of the ground, whole, and take it with him back to space, and study it on his planet. The only thing that seemingly stopped him, was a specific breed of "Super Termites" used to pretty much attempt at killing him.

O_o

The problem with understanding Groot is simply understanding that perhaps Marvel didn't really know what to do with him, but never wanted to give him up, because he's so strange and random.

His appearances are sporadic and those appearances jump across time in big spurts. 1960, 1976, 1997, then again in 2006. When he was in Guardians as a mainstay, he had the most of his character coverage as a long time friend of Rocket Raccoon. However, as with the other characters of the 2008 Volume #2 reboot of the series, he was cancelled along with it.

Thankfully we have GOTG Volume 3 #1 that has relaunched the entire franchise and focused it more inline with the purposes of the film. Which, aside from the rest of the cast, also gives you more "I AM GROOT!"




Groot's earlier "death" by termites left his fate relatively open. His next appearance would reveal he indeed was not dead but had been "Collected" by,none other than, The Collector; another character we will be seeing prominently in Guardians, and in various other MCU films, played by Benecio Del Toro.

This was a cool comic not simply because of Groot reappearing, but because of the sheer volume of cheesy monsters that escape the Collectors museum. Prompting a response from four amazing heroes, The Hulk, The Thing, Giant Man, and The Beast in Marvel Monster Group, Monsters on the Prowl #1. However, this isn't something we see, or get explained until this comic in 2006; really, all the other appearances are kind of derp and random, where you just accept, "Hey! He didn't die!" That, or you hadn't read the older material and had no reference. Hulk at the end of this story tosses Groot with all of the other monsters into a negative zone portal. Which is used to rectify how Groot returned in the past, or rather, what essentially happened to him before.

After another completely random stint in a Supernatural based set of comics following the monster events (likely to have been competition against the growing Supernatural Market on the DC side), Groot found himself leaving earth and (eventually) ended up in Kree space, where he was imprisoned.

This is where he fatefully meets Rocket Raccoon, and slowly over other issues and adventures forms a strong bond with the seminal character. One of those adventures was lead by Star-Lord, where Groot was essentially destroyed. Of course, a sprig survived, and Rocky kept it with him in his travels, eventually leading to Groot's complete regeneration.




All leading them to the eventual scenarios listed throughout the GOTG Guide; for Groot, as early as the Annihilation Conquest: Star-Lord event comics outlined, then forward toward the events in the upcoming film.

Groot, while seemingly a character that is all over the place, with forced aspects leading to various "resurrections" (if you will); is actually a pretty in-depth and complicated character, especially with his weird tonal language based on one phrase "I AM GROOT!", with a variety of aspects making him (almost) the "elder statesmen" in the GOTG Series. An old monarch (alleged to be an imposter in Annihilators #1 & exiled) with vast strength, amazing intelligence, but seemingly immortal. Expect to see him charging into battle often with Rocky firmly planted on his shoulder, as opposed to the old adage "by his side."

I excitedly, and patiently, wait to see what Groot will get to do in the upcoming GOTG film, how important his role will be, his bond with Rocket Raccoon, and to see how strong (or close in strength to the comic) they'll keep him.

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Shara184 - 9/7/2013, 11:44 AM
Thanks so much for this, I didn't even know gotg existed until it was announced. I'm excited for it yet I know nothing about it :)
CptShellhead - 9/7/2013, 11:48 AM
Nice article, looking forward to the movie. Loved the Comics... But it's sad if you want to read them now, they are OOP and being sold for outrageous amounts of $$$ online. The crew is a Great "Firefly-ish" bunch and will really been awesome to see. I'd love to see a Nova film too.
Hellboy6666 - 9/7/2013, 11:53 AM
I tried explaining this movie to my friend to get him excited.."Well it has this guy who's a space prince, and he has a team with a tree man called groot, a green hot chick and oh yeah, there's also this talking Raccoon"...He thought I was joking.
DioFoRio - 9/7/2013, 11:53 AM
Anybody else not diggin the redesign of starlords helmet in the new ongoing?
exodus147 - 9/7/2013, 11:55 AM
Wasn't it revealed Groot wasn't the monarch of planet X but an imposter?
MrCBM56 - 9/7/2013, 11:59 AM
Sunday

I just sometimes shake my head at your comments. How can you like Rocket and than think Groot is a Stupid character. Groot is actually one of the best parts of the Guardians. He's extremely smart, extremely strong, and he and Rocket have a awesome relationship because ironically he's a tree and Rockets a Raccoon.
TheManFromMars - 9/7/2013, 12:04 PM
Yeah, what @exodus147 said: Wasn't Groot revealed to have been impersonating the king?
BlueHawaiiSurfer - 9/7/2013, 12:25 PM
All comics are being sold for outrageous $$$ now. You just have to find other ways to access the information. I collected comics most of my life but I don't see how a kid would really get into it now without spending hundreds a month. It's pretty sad, not like it used to be in the 80's when you could hit a dirt mall or flea market and come home with a huge haul for $20 or $30.
WhiteBolt - 9/7/2013, 12:31 PM
So excited for this movie.
efcamachopmp - 9/7/2013, 12:37 PM
There was a cloned version of Groot that was completely destroyed, that was an imposter yes. If there is another comic that states he is not the king (or claimed king) of Planet X, I'd like to be pointed to it. With all the comics I have, and read, I can certainly miss something. It's possible, with all the jumps in timeline for this character, i'd believe it.

Similar to what happened in the later stories with Rocket Raccoon and his relationship with the loonies...

But confirming on marvel and other sites he has the aliases I posted. At least those persisted from his first appearances until at least 1996-2006. Curious now, I have go do some extra research :)
sikwon - 9/7/2013, 12:40 PM
My boy bought a few box comic sets off of ebay, I guess the owner just threw in random comics for like 20$. They are no ware near collector quality but there are some good books in it. Almost the complete Nick Fury vs Shield is in there.
efcamachopmp - 9/7/2013, 12:53 PM
Garage Sales!!! Hit up Craigslist and find them all over your area - if they say comics in their ad. You never know the amazing finds.
efcamachopmp - 9/7/2013, 1:25 PM
@manfrommars & @exodus147 I think you guys might be right, i'm going through the comics to find where it specifically is stated, and if it is a plot or actually true.

For now I have a better timeline, from 1960 to at least March 2010 he is the King.

Page 17, GOTG#24 "Hail his royalty majesty King Groot" and again referred to as "...the honorable delegate from the planet X"

When I find more info, I'll post it.
Ronnie11 - 9/7/2013, 1:32 PM
interesting...didn't know the origins as such..Thank you..
efcamachopmp - 9/7/2013, 2:22 PM
Ok, Found it! Page 40 Annihilators #1 Rocky is talking to what he refers to as "...mile high super redwood" -- big ass tree yelling "I AM GROOT!"

and that tree identifies himself as King Groot XXCVII (87th), and calls our GOTG Groot, which is refers to himself as King Groot XXIII (23rd) a "Sapling" stating he was exiled.

I still think it's all a load of pooh! And Groot will be vindicated, however, Groot is still referred to as the king...interesting.

Also in the comics he hasn't admitted or made any statement to Rocky that any of the charges were real, he simply busts him out and then moves on to the revelations dealing with Rocky's origins.

Thanks for making mention of that aspect for Groot @Exodus, its always good to go back and relearn something I've missed or simply forgotten...

But now I'm on a mission to find anything in the comics following GOTG Vol 3 and others to see if there is anything else to support that, i'm guessing there will be more on that aspect of the story.
NovaCorpsFan - 9/7/2013, 2:29 PM
I was just about to tell you efma. I read the full collection of Rocket and Groot a few weeks back.
Godzillafart - 9/7/2013, 2:37 PM
Cool. I can't wait to see if Marvel can pull off the Groot/RR team. Could be terrible...or the best thing we've seen in a long time.
SnapperCarr - 9/7/2013, 3:31 PM
@MrSundayNight

[frick] YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! Groot is one of the best parts of the Guardians. Rocket will steal the show, but Groot will also be highly talked about too.
marvel72 - 9/7/2013, 3:35 PM
the chemistry between rocket & groot is one of the best things about the comic,if they can capture that on screen it will be fantastic to watch.
efcamachopmp - 9/7/2013, 4:00 PM
As long as it doesn't become a

"...What's that you said Lassie!?"
"I AM GROOT!"
"Star-Lord got sucked into the Negative Zone!?"
"I AM GROOT!"
"And Thanos is coming this way!?"
"I AM GROOT!"
"Wait, Nebula isn't his daughter!?"
"I AM GROOT"
"And you think Batfleck is going to be...what!?"
"I AM GROOT!"

Well there you have it...Groot's verdict on Batfleck...

As long as it's not a Lassie type of situation, it should be pretty awesome.
ThePowerCosmic - 9/7/2013, 4:21 PM
DioFoRio

Love the new run, but yeah his helmet just isnt cutting it. Glad they went for the red eye look for the movie though...that helmet looks great.
drykillogic22 - 9/7/2013, 5:09 PM
I've always thought ROM the Space Knight would have been a good addition. Skeptical on Groot.
Ace101 - 9/7/2013, 5:27 PM
@drykillogic same im a big fan of rom the spaceknight
ZombieBue - 9/7/2013, 5:33 PM
Nice...keep the GotG tidbits of info coming...I knew they existed but never knew much about them...very excited for this epic work :)
efcamachopmp - 9/7/2013, 6:06 PM
You'll have to forgive me guys, I decide to take random idea I got from my comment above and decided to take a break and troll some of the trolls on this website...just a little bit... lol

:) I think I'm better now...

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/Havencomics/news/?a=86660
ScionStorm - 9/7/2013, 7:42 PM
Next summer a King, a Prince, a Ranger, an Assassin, and a Destroyer will come together to protect the Milky Way... their way! They are... The Guardiand of the Galaxy!
ScionStorm - 9/7/2013, 7:44 PM
The truth is, because they are so tight, if Rocket gets popular who will only drag Groot into the limelight with him.
MightyZeus - 9/8/2013, 2:33 AM
Thanks for the bio i appreciate it.

Now do one on Rocket Raccoon please.
sirbonesalot - 9/8/2013, 3:39 AM
Rocket Raccoon will steal the show and your girlfriend........
efcamachopmp - 9/8/2013, 4:45 PM
@bropous that's 87 too bud, I'm not used to reading Roman Numerals - to be fair...However, I had to look it up to be completely certain. Because that is how it read in the comic.

XXCVII (which is 2 characters smaller to write then LXXXVII)

XXC is also 80 because XC is 90 and adding another X before it is reducing it by another 10. which drove me crazy when I was looking it up, trying to rectify at first what I read as 10 + 10 + 107?

:)

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