Marvel has announced that Dan Abnett will be writing an all-new original standalone story with the Rocket Raccoon & Groot: Steal the Galaxy prose novel.
Abnett spoke with Newsarama where he also revealed the new book will feature the Nova Corps.
"Don’t be surprised to meet the Kree, the Skrulls, the Badoon, the Shi’ar Imperial Guard and the Nova Corps, not to mention sundry other references to the rich detail of the Marvel Universe,” Abnett offered.
So what is the new book about?
"The set-up is that Rocket and Groot are down on their luck and try to make a living during a break in the Guardians of the Galaxy activities," Abnett said. "They run across a Rigellian Recorder Unit who contains some vital piece of information that just about every major faction in the Marvel Universe would kill to obtain. Naturally, because they are kind-hearted heroes, Rocket and Groot see an instant opportunity to make a lot of money out of the Recorder... I mean, to look after the Recorder and protect him from all dangers. They have seriously underestimated how much trouble they’re going to get into."
Dan Abnett is no stranger to the world of prose writing as the author has written dozens and dozens of books.
He says Rocket Raccoon & Groot: Steal the Galaxy was originally going to be an adaptation of his and Andy Lanning's work on the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy, but Abnett wanted to do something new.
"Adaptation didn’t appeal to me,” Abnett said. “And the fast pace and multi-faceted cosmic environment of the Guardians of the Galaxy seemed to offer huge possibilities to develop an original story.”
Rocket Raccoon & Groot: Steal the Galaxy hits in July.