Advance Review: The Rocketeer Cargo Of Doom #4 By Waid And Samnee


Cliff Secord, AKA, the Rocketeer, finds himself flying high over the smog-drenched skies of Los Angeles, locked in mortal combat with an ancient and terrifying creature… and then it all starts to go to Hell! Plus, the ultimate truth about Peevy’s niece is revealed! The final issue of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Rocketeer series is going full throttle and the thrills show no signs of slowing down—miss this comic at your own peril!

The amazing team of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee conclude their Rocketeer miniseries, Cargo of Doom, with this month’s fourth issue. The previous three issues saw our hero Cliff Secord aka The Rocketeer having to get his rocket back from a mysterious character on a ship with an even more mysterious cargo. Last issue we found out the ship’s cargo was a bunch of dinosaurs that our villains were going to put rockets on. It’s so crazy it’s actually quite amazing. The dinosaurs were freed and all hell was breaking loose. Could Cliff stop it all in time?

The dinosaurs are roaming the city and it’s up to the Rocketeer armed with the weapon he found in a crate on the ship to dispense of all the prehistoric mayhem. It’s safe to say there is a lot of action with the dinosaurs destroying buildings and causing citizens to scatter as if Godzilla himself were on the scene. Cliff is flying around doing his best, but his friends are worried. Betty, Sally, Peevy and Agent Garland all lend a hand in some form or fashion to help Cliff in his battle. There is a lot of action and adventure, but towards the end we get plenty of time to wrap things up with the characters and add a few last minute twists. I don’t want to give too much away story wise, but Waid does a good job of tying things together.

The art is fantastic. Last month when I reviewed issue 3, I said that it looked liked Samnee was having fun with the last part of the story. This month is no different. The few sprawling scene of roaming dinosaurs are thrilling. There is one part in particular when Cliff takes out a dino differently than he does any of the others that is stunning. When you see what’s left after the big explosion, you’ll do a double take. A big round of applause to Jordie Belllaire’s colors this issue, giving the series’ adventures its classic look.

Bottom Line: The only negative thing I can say about this issue is that it’s over. Waid, Samnee, and the whole crew have made a thrilling old school adventure with The Rocketeer. Things are set up for more adventures and the last two panels deliver a huge shock. This is definitely a series you’ll want to read again and again. Cargo of Doom delivers 4.5/5

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