It seems like each issue of “Grounded” will focus on one of the Guardians. #15 was all about The Thing, and this one stars Groot. You might wonder how you’d do an entire issue about a dude that can only say one thing. Well, it’s an interesting solution: this whole issue is laid out like a children’s book. And it’s told in a poem, complete with made-up words a la Dr. Seuss. And I’m very mixed on its quality.
On one hand it’s very unique. And very cute. And it tells a nice little story. And the artwork is really easy on the eye. But on the other hand… well, Bendis is not a poet. That’s for sure. It honestly feels like the writing here is a rough draft. If you try to read it out loud with some kind of poetic meter, it gets all awkward. And as the issue goes on there are some seriously questionable phrases.
All in all, it’s a nice little experiment. But nothing totally necessary.