Monday, August 27, 2012

Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #1

I'm delighted to see the adventures of The Rocketeer continuing, especially since we're finally getting a feature-length adventure.

Up 'til now, IDW has issued two mini-series with various creators offering their take on Dave Stevens' high-flying hero, but they've all been vignettes.

Here the creative team has room to (you should forgive the phrase) spread their wings.

And what a creative team it is! The story is written by Mark Waid, who has long since established himself as one of the great talents working in comics today. He's the modern-day Archie Goodwin, and you know you'll always get a strong, entertaining story from him.

The art is by Chris Samnee, one of my favorites of the "new breed" of artists. His Toth-like, expressive style is perfectly suited to a period piece like this. He's great with the high-flying heroics, and he also crafts a luscious Betty, too.

This issue is all about setting up house, as a mysterious ship arrives in the port of Los Angeles, carrying a deadly menace - and more than one enemy who has a score to settle with the Rocketeer.

It's fast-paced, funny and exciting - like all the best Rocketeer stories, it's part pulp adventure, part movie serial (with a dash of Indiana Jones) and part action comic.

So far, it's off to a great start!

Grade: A


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