Let's be real: Star-Lord and Gamora are great and all, but Baby Groot is the star of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. With his big, black eyes and groovy dance movies, Baby Groot is sure to steal the show in any Guardians movie he's in, but surprisingly, Baby Groot in the comics wasn't actually always the main event. Since Groot made his debut in 1960, he has taken many forms thanks to his ability to (essentially) regenerate. But until Guardians of the Galaxy was released in 2014, igniting a Baby Groot craze across the globe, the fan favorite wasn't really a huge part of the canon.
Now that Baby Groot has become a fan favorite among Marvel Cinematic Universe fans, the comics are finally catching up to his adorable nature. Not only did Marvel begin releasing a series of Groot comics in 2015, Baby Groot is also getting his own comic book series. Announced in February, I Am Groot will be the character's first official solo comic and is set to hit the shelves on May 24. In a press release, Marvel detailed the plot of the first issue, in which Baby Groot gets separated from his fellow Guardians. "Seriously underdeveloped and with nobody who can understand him, Groot will need to make the journey to the center of this world and find the way back to his family," reads the description.
The Baby Groot comic book is sure to be a hit among fans, and writer Chris Hastings promised that the Groot in the comics would continue the tradition of being "super cute and really funny" in an interview with ComicBook. And, if that isn't enough, fans will also get more Baby Groot in the All-New Guardians of the Galaxy comics, the first issue of which is being released on May 3. Fans can expect a lot of Baby Groot in that comic series, as the cute character isn't regenerating at his usual rate. "When our story picks up, Groot is small and doesn't seem to be growing large. We don't quite know why. The Guardians don't know why," writer Gerry Duggan revealed to ComicBook.
Baby Groot didn't have a huge presence in the comics before Guardians of the Galaxy, but His Cuteness is here now and he's not going away.