Rocketeer Adventures Vol. 2 #4
IDW Publishing (June, 2012)EDITOR: Scott Dunbier SELECTED COVER: Darwyn Cooke DESIGNER: Chris Mowry “ROCKETEER” CREATOR: Dave Stevens “War Hero” WRITER: Louise Simonson ARTIST: Walter Simonson INKER: Bob Wiacek COLORIST: Jordie Bellaire LETTERER: John Workman “Cliff Secord, Warlord of Blargon” WRITER: David Mandel ART/COLOR: J. Bone LETTERER: Shawn Lee “Fair Game” WRITER/ARTIST: John Byrne COLORIST: J. Bone LETTERER: Neil Uyetake also featuring a pin-up by J.K. Synder III
The first story finds Cliff being drawn into a war bond promotion even though the Secretary of the Treasury is keeping the Rocketeer out of the actual war, which makes Betty happy. Then a Nazi plane attacks and everyone learns that the war is where the Rocketeer belongs. Nice story when reading but from a more critical perspective I have to admit that things are bit too convenient and wraps-up a bit fast.
Story two is a parody of Adam Strange, or possibly John Carter. When Cliff is transported to an alien world and blunders his way around causing trouble thinking he’s doing good (because he doesn’t understand the language). Personally, I’m not a fan of these kinds of stories, especially when it seems out of place for a title like this. (And yet I enjoy Inspector Gadget–the show, not the movies. Go figure.) I can see how someone else would enjoy it, though.
Our last story is the best of the crop. The Rocketeer is going to perform at the New York World’s Fair in 1939. However, Betty learns one of her co-stars is planning to blow up the fair to get at one target. It’s a good Rocketeer story.
I couldn’t get into the second story, but the first one was decent and the third well done. It’s at least worth a read.
- Today’s Comic> The Rocketeer V2 #3 (bwmedia.wordpress.com)