Rocketeer Adventures V2 #2
IDW Publishing (April, 2012)CREATOR/COVER “B” ART: Dave Stevens EDITOR: Scott Dunbier COVER “A” (shown): Darwyn Cooke DESIGNER: Chris Mowry “WORK TO DO” WRITER: Tom Taylor ARTIST: Colin Wilson COLORIST: Dave Stewart LETTERER: Robbie Robbins “BETTY’S BIG BREAK” WRITER: Paul Dini ARTIST: Bill Morrison COLORIST: Serban Cristescu LETTERER: Chris Mowry “AUTOGRAPH” WRITER: Walter Simonson ARTIST: John Paul Leon COLORIST: Dave Stewart LETTERER: Shawn Lee Plus a pin-up by J. Scott Campbell (art) and John Rauch (color)
The first story finds Cliff waking up on a battlefield trying to rescue a soldier while a giant war machine out of a Captain America story goes on a rampage. That’s all to say about it outside of the writing and art making it a pretty powerful piece, even if it’s a bit darker than most Rocketeer stories I’ve read.
The second story is probably my favorite. Cliff goes into jealous mode again as Betty gets a supporting role in a movie serial about cowboys fighting aliens. (Why does that sound familiar?) Then he has to rescue her without being spotted. It’s fun in both story and art, a reversal of the first story but one that feels more like a full story rather than a scene from a larger story. We also see just how loyal Betty is to Cliff, even if he does end up in trouble…as usual.
The final story has the Rocketeer rescuing a movie starlet from kidnappers. They don’t show her face until the end when she makes an autograph for Betty (after stealing a kiss from her rescuer). Not as strong as the other two but still a good story.
So far, this was the best one of the second volume. I still wish they’d make that ongoing or at least one full-issue tale.