Synopsis: In the Den of Thieves #3, Cliff and Betty, with the aid of the jet pack’s mysterious inventor, are smuggled into Berlin on a desperate attempt to rescue Peevy…and try to stop the Nazis from creating a fleet of flying doppelgängers for the German Luftwaffe! But even with the repaired rocket at his disposal, can Cliff overcome Hitler’s war machine—and the SS Rocketeer prototype—and save Peevy and Betty?!
Having had a clandestine meeting in the last issue to have his rocket pack repaired and get given a little help towards rescuing Peevy. Cliff and Betty meet up with some British Airmen who agree to drop them off in Germany. After a bit of a walk. Cliff and Betty set a daring plan into motion and go after their best friend.
As stated in previous reviews. David Messina has been producing some brilliant work for this book that the late Dave Stevens would be proud of. This story and its immediate predecessor The Great Race felt very much like the kind of stories that the late creator of Rocketeer would have produced if the character had taken off properly in his lifetime. The story is pure pulp and the sequence of panels where Cliff and Betty jump out of the British plane is brilliant fun. As were the panels in which Betty fights a female Nazi Officer as she makes her way to rescue Peevy.
The artwork for The Rocketeer just doesn’t come much better than this.
Stephen Mooney delivers another fun issue that builds on the story and gives Betty a bigger role than she has had in previous stories as she goes on a mission with Cliff and really steps up. I look forward to seeing if Betty gets to build on this in the next issue as I’d love to see her be a more active player in future stories and be part of the action.