Saturday, June 25, 2011

Rocketeer Adventures #2

I'm really enjoying this series.

The Rocketeer is a terrific character who's been sitting on the shelf for far too long. It's tragic that creator Dave Stevens is no longer around to guide the character's path, but thankfully we have some all-star talent stepping in.

In this issue, we have a story by Mark Waid about the beginning of "super-heroes" and the Rocketeer's humorous attempt to join their ranks. Providing the art on this story is the terrific Chris Weston, whose lush, expressive style is a perfect match for the era.

Darwyn Cooke is one of the top creators in comics today, and he shows why in an seven-page tale that evokes the adventure movie serials (though I doubt the serials would have allowed Betty to show that much skin). Still, it's fast, funny and a blast from start to finish.

Following an incredible pin-up by Geoff Darrow, the issue wraps up with a short tale of high-flying combat as written by Lowell Francis and drawn by Gene Ha. It's a clever bit of work and has a guest appearance by a certain Man who looks like he's made out Of Bronze (wink, wink).

I hope at some point we'll see some of these talents tackling a feature-length story, but so far, this series has been a blast!

Grade: A-


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