The Rocketeer At War Graphic Novel Review
Along with “Hollywood Horror,” “The Rocketeer At War” is the very best non-Dave Stevens Rocketeer comic series.
After a slight break, IDW is finally back with a new original 4 issue Rocketeer comic book series from writers Marc Guggenheim and Dave Bullock titled “The Rocketeer At War.” In the 1942 set story, we learn that Cliff Secord has enlisted as an Army soldier and that he has handed over his jetpack to the Army who have been trying to mass produce them for soldiers in WWII. Unfortunately, things aren’t going well and they need Cliff to don the suit again. Cliff faces off against the Nazis once again only this time they have created a dangerous and destructive super-weapon. Can Cliff, the mysterious Roxy, and his devoted girlfriend Betty (now part of the USO) stop the Nazis from their evil scheme? That would be telling.
“The Rocketeer At War” is one of those comic series that is designed to appeal to casual and hardcore fans of the comic character. The casual fan is sure to find this to be a fun, fast-paced Rocketeer adventure while the hardcore fan might think this feels like a proper sequel to the film that also manages to capture the spirit of Dave Stevens’ comics at the same time. Regardless of what kind of fan you are, this graphic novel is just a good read that delivers an exciting wartime adventure that feels it came from an old movie serial. On top of that, the story offers up everything you’ve come to expect from a Rocketeer tale including familiar faces, a patriotic story, and Cliff having girl troubles. Simply put, it hits all the right notes.
In terms of the artwork (which was done by Dave Bullock and J Bone), it’s solid all around. It’s not on the level of Dave Stevens (what is?), but the characters and vehicles are well defined and the movie serial panels impress.
At the back of the trade paperback, IDW has included a cover art gallery (which features some spectacular pieces by David Messina and Nick Bradshaw) as well as Lisa Morton’s complete short story titled “The Rivet Gang” which comes from the novel “The Rocketeer: Jet-Pack Adventues” (which I reviewed here 2 years ago: https://dvdcorner.net/2014/10/08/the-rocketeer-jet-pack-adventures-book-review/).
Overall Thoughts: If you’re a fan of The Rocketeer, you owe it to yourself to pick up this new collection. Let’s hope there’s another mini-series on the horizon soon!
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