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Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1

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Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1

Credits

  • Words: Marc Guggenheim, Peter David, and Stan Sakai
  • Art: Sandy Plunkett, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Stan Sakai
  • Colors: Jeremy Cox, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Stan Sakai
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Mar 21, 2012

Each writer of this Rocketeer anthology channels the tone of yesteryear.

In IDW Publishing’s brand new volume of Rocketeer Adventures, writers Marc Guggenheim, Peter David, and Stan Sakai all offer up short and fun adventures free of any back-story constraints.  The three complete and individual stories never breach into deep character development or insight, but the collective nostalgic tone easily makes up for it as each writer channels the attitude of America’s past generations.

Guggenheim’s short story, aptly titled The Good Guys, is the most enjoyable of all three as it follows the Rocketeer as he battles against Nazi foes, is injured, and finally crashes into Middle America.  Once the hero awakes from his brief coma, the citizens' initial mistrust and eventual belief in the hero, while a tad cheesy, works because of the setting.  This story is nothing readers have not read before, especially for those more versed in the superhero realm, but the mix of paranoia in the shadow of World War II and nostalgic character interaction makes Guggenheim’s brief adventure all the more enjoyable.

Beyond Guggenheim, Rocketeer Adventures features The Ducketeer by Peter David, a brief “Elseworlds” type story that replaces the Rocketeer with a Looney Toons styled duck who battles diabolical Nazis.  David’s styling works quite well, and is lighthearted enough to keep the fun rolling.  Closing the book is Stan Sakai’s A Dream of Flying, which is another short story of the Rocketeer landing on a small farm somewhere in America, and how one little boy can make all the difference.  Once again, the tone makes the “read-before” story more pleasurable.

Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1 is a solid book of short stories for anyone interested in the character who is looking for quick and fun adventures.  Though nothing is entirely original, the shared feel of each story makes it worthwhile.  Without a doubt, the greatest aspect of Rocketeer Adventures is that nostalgic tone that many books cannot recreate.

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