In Review: The Rocketeer: The Great Race #1 (of 4)

Ace stunt pilot Cliff Secord has returned from his New York Adventure to a West Coast steeped in paranoia over the looming war in Europe. Having finally had enough of his near-death scrapes as the high-flying Rocketeer
Rocketeer

Synopsis: Ace stunt pilot Cliff Secord has returned from his New York Adventure to a West Coast steeped in paranoia over the looming war in Europe. Having finally had enough of his near-death scrapes as the high-flying Rocketeer, the only thing in Cliff’s crosshairs is The Great Race: a prestigious, winner-take-all air race that runs from California to France! Maybe it’s finally time to smarten up and fly straight . . .

 

The Story

After having rested the license for a while. IDW has finally resurrected The Rocketeer just in time for the 40th anniversary. In this story we see daredevil pilot Cliff Seacort looking to hang up the Rocketeer Jetpack and finally get an honest job. However, when he is asked to take part in a prestigious, winner take all air race. The temptation is too great for Seacord to pass up. But how will he persuade his girlfriend Betty to allow him to take part?

Making matters more interesting is the fact that the Nazis are after the plane that Seacord will be flying.

 

The Artwork

Stephen Mooney does a great job of the artwork as well as the writing. He does a pretty decent job of capturing the original vibe that I get whenever I pick up my collectible trade of the Dave Stevens original strips, which I got on the 20th anniversary of the Rocketeer about 20 years back. Mooney does an absolutely brilliant job of capturing Betty’s likeness. Of course, the character of Betty in these books was very much inspired by glamour model Bettie Page. We get some great pages of Cliff in the Rocketeer suit, but most of the story sees Cliff trying not to put himself in mortal danger.

 

Overall

Artist and writer Stephen Mooney does a brilliant job of capturing the visual vibe and spirit of the original Dave Stevens stories. The story is brilliantly pulpy as you’d expect and I’m looking forward to the next issue of this when it drops. As have gone to the trouble of pre-ordering all four. Still annoys the crap out of me that I cannot subscribe on Comixology anymore because of Amazon’s massive screw-up when it comes to their UK customers.

9.8
The Rocketeer: The Great Race #1 (of 4)
  • Covers
    9.8
  • Story
    9.6
  • Artwork
    10
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    10

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