Advance Review: The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #1


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You wanted more Rocketeer… and you’ve got it! Missing scientists! Plucky girl reporters! Betty and Cliff on the rocks! The mysterious Church of Cosmicism! And who is the sinister Otto Rune? Pulp thrills the way you like them as the Rocketeer comes up against a brand-new adversary in… “The Hollywood Horror!”

The Rocketeer returns after the highly successful Cargo of Doom miniseries with Hollywood Horror. The new miniseries is written by Roger Langridge with art from J Bone. Jordie Bellaire handles colors with Tom B. Long rounding out the cast with lettering. Does the new Rocketeer take flight or should this story be grounded?

rocketeer coverCliff Secord is running late for his date with Betty…again. The man better known as the Rocketeer is running through the streets of Hollywood when he bumps into the man that serves as this story’s narrator. We then take a peek at Betty as she gets ready for her date. She’s talking to her roommate Dahlia, a spunky reporter hot on the trail of a big story. A scientist has gone missing. As you can imagine, this is the catalyst for our series. After some derring-do heroics, Cliff arrives just 10 minutes late, a new record. Things are going well until Betty announces she wants to join the hero business with Cliff. After they have one of their trademark fights, Cliff goes go Peevy’s to recuperate. Peevy has visitors, the type of visitors that want the jetpack back. As this is going on, Betty finds her roommate gone. She then gets a phone call from Dahlia telling her she is in trouble and Betty has to get her notes on the story. We get a glimpse at the villainous Otto Rune, who happens to have our missing scientist. Betty may just get her chance at adventure while Cliff is on the run.

Langridge writes a really fun story. Cargo of Doom was kind of a serious, rip-roaring action piece, but Hollywood Horror looks to be a really fun and humorous mystery. Langridge makes it all feel very much like an old school pulp adventure that can still entertain modern audiences. With plenty of witty dialogue and action, it feels like a real Rocketeer adventure. J Bone’s art is fantastic. He is the prefect artist to bring this Rocketeer story to life and make it look fun. It feels like you should be watching this as a Saturday morning cartoon. Bellaire’s colors are great and really help sell Bone’s art.

Bottom Line: Hollywood Horror is sure to be a hit. Langridge and J. Bone present another great entry into IDW’s already impressive Rocketeer series.  If you liked Cargo of Doom, I guarantee you’ll dig this story 5/5

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