I love the Rocketeer, I wish I could be like Cliff Secord and call girls “doll” and “dame” and sound cool while doing so. That being said, I really liked this book. And I enjoyed all of the short stories and the pin-up illustrations.
Rocketeer Adventures #1 features short stories and pin-ups from creators like John Cassady, Mike Allred, Mike Mignola, Jim Silke, Kurt Busiem, Alex Ross and more.
Like I said, I really enjoyed all three short stories, but my favorite was the lead in story “The Rocketeer” by John Cassady, Laura Martin and Chris Mowry. It had action, drama and more than a little humor. “The Rocketeer” features our hero in a stand off with some unsavories who have strapped the Rocketeer’s girl, Betty, to a rocket they plan on using to blow something to kingdom come. In true Cliff Secord fashion he likes to leap, or in this case launch, before he leaps. In the movie ‘Speed’ Keanu told us to, “Shoot the Hostage”. I think in this case, “Launch the Hostage, and use your jet pack to catch up”, is a much better solution. What does our wayward hero get for his heroics? You’ll have to read to find out.
The best pin-up was Jim Silke’s page 18 illustration of the Rocketeer’s gal pal, Betty. It’s patriotic, nostalgic, risque and hilarious all at the same time. It’s a nice throw back to the pin-up girls of old and Betty’s inspiration Bettie Page.
This issue features some really good writing and artwork and is well worth picking up and adding to your monthly pull-list. Now run out to your local comic book store and pick up Rocketeer Adventures #1 for some good old fashioned pulp comic-y fun.