Saturday, July 27, 2013

Rocketeer & The Spirit #1

Crossovers can be a bit of a mixed bag, but when they work, they can be a lot of fun.

So far, this one is working nicely. (Of course, it features two characters I love.)

It doesn't hurt that Rocketeer & the Spirit: Pulp Friction includes some wonderful characters, as the casts from both series collide (literally) in this mini-series.

Mark Waid creates a dandy little mystery to lure The Spirit, Commissioner Dolan and Ellen to Los Angeles, where they run into Cliff (Rocketeer) Secord, Peevy and Betty.

The heroes "meet cute" (natch), fight and then team up - but it all happens in a fun, clever way.

Kudos also to the legendary Paul Smith, who provides art that manages to feel Eisner inspired without being a direct copy. His women are sexy, his men heroic (or comical), and the storytelling clear and clean.

So far the story isn't really styled like a Will Eisner / classic Spirit story - it's more of a straightforward, Rocketeer-style superhero adventure.

So far, I'm enjoying it - the series is off to a fun start!

Grade: B+


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