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Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer was an instant hit the moment it hit the spinner rack in the earl 1980s. Stevens' lush and distinctive artwork and fun, action-driven story was inspired by the adventure pulp novels of the era The Rocketeer was set in. Stevens produced only two Rocketeer graphic novels - collected to much acclaim by IDW - and his life was tragically cut short wh Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer was an instant hit the moment it hit the spinner rack in the earl 1980s. Stevens' lush and distinctive artwork and fun, action-driven story was inspired by the adventure pulp novels of the era The Rocketeer was set in. Stevens produced only two Rocketeer graphic novels - collected to much acclaim by IDW - and his life was tragically cut short when he succumbed to Hairy Cell Leukemia. Now, with the full cooperation of the Stevens estate, IDW is pleased to present new interpretations of The Rocketeer by some of today's finest talents. So, pull up a chair, sit down a while, and discover The Rocketeer all over again!


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Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer was an instant hit the moment it hit the spinner rack in the earl 1980s. Stevens' lush and distinctive artwork and fun, action-driven story was inspired by the adventure pulp novels of the era The Rocketeer was set in. Stevens produced only two Rocketeer graphic novels - collected to much acclaim by IDW - and his life was tragically cut short wh Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer was an instant hit the moment it hit the spinner rack in the earl 1980s. Stevens' lush and distinctive artwork and fun, action-driven story was inspired by the adventure pulp novels of the era The Rocketeer was set in. Stevens produced only two Rocketeer graphic novels - collected to much acclaim by IDW - and his life was tragically cut short when he succumbed to Hairy Cell Leukemia. Now, with the full cooperation of the Stevens estate, IDW is pleased to present new interpretations of The Rocketeer by some of today's finest talents. So, pull up a chair, sit down a while, and discover The Rocketeer all over again!

30 review for Rocketeer Adventures Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lost Planet Airman

    2020 reread. Still good, on a smaller scale than the original. Nice vignettes in the Rocketeer tradition! Really like this book and looking forward to the sequel! But let me express something I DON'T like: I don't like the fact that MY LIBRARY SYSTEM DOES NOT CARRY THE ORIGINAL!!! THIS: The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures WAKE UP, LIBRARY! THIS STUFF IS SO GOOD THAT YOU WILL FEEL AN DEEP PAINFUL ACHING VOID IN YOUR LIBRARY-SOUL WHEN YOU FIND YOU COULD HAVE HAD IT BUT DON'T. 2020 reread. Still good, on a smaller scale than the original. Nice vignettes in the Rocketeer tradition! Really like this book and looking forward to the sequel! But let me express something I DON'T like: I don't like the fact that MY LIBRARY SYSTEM DOES NOT CARRY THE ORIGINAL!!! THIS: The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures WAKE UP, LIBRARY! THIS STUFF IS SO GOOD THAT YOU WILL FEEL AN DEEP PAINFUL ACHING VOID IN YOUR LIBRARY-SOUL WHEN YOU FIND YOU COULD HAVE HAD IT BUT DON'T.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    I love the pulp feel of the Rockeeter character. These new stories are a great continuation of the originals. Very recommended

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Lima

    Man, what a fun book, from a really cool character. This is what a great comic book, whose got inspiration from the old pulps should be like. Nothing more than that. It's just super fun to follow this short stories. And about the art, you'll got the finest artists from the industry paying their respects with Dave Stevens's maximum creation. Gonna get vol. 2, ASAP! Man, what a fun book, from a really cool character. This is what a great comic book, whose got inspiration from the old pulps should be like. Nothing more than that. It's just super fun to follow this short stories. And about the art, you'll got the finest artists from the industry paying their respects with Dave Stevens's maximum creation. Gonna get vol. 2, ASAP!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Think I like it more than the original Rocketeer stories. A nice selection of short stories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Kroon

    A collection of short, adventurous, pulpy comic stories set in WWII era featuring Cliff Secord, the Rocketeer with a jetpack who fights gangsters and nazis. Fun and sexy!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hawkes

    My introduction to The Rocketeer came with the 1991 film. I had heard the film was based on a comic book, but I hadn't read any of the comics. The movie was great, but the franchise sadly never took off. Recently, I had the chance to read Rocketeer Adventures, Volume 1 which is a new series based on Dave Stevens' original character, and due to be released in November 2011 by IDW Publishing. For those familiar with the movie or the original comic book series, this book will will seem very familia My introduction to The Rocketeer came with the 1991 film. I had heard the film was based on a comic book, but I hadn't read any of the comics. The movie was great, but the franchise sadly never took off. Recently, I had the chance to read Rocketeer Adventures, Volume 1 which is a new series based on Dave Stevens' original character, and due to be released in November 2011 by IDW Publishing. For those familiar with the movie or the original comic book series, this book will will seem very familiar, with the same primary characters and the same timeframe. For those unfamiliar with the Rocketeer, think of him as Iron Man set in World War II, but without Tony Stark's wealth and ego. Cliff Secord is an American test pilot who flies around with jetpack, and does generally heroic things, like rescuing damsels in distress and fighting bad guys. Rocketeer Adventures, Volume 1 is a 44-page comic book with three short stories, plus some extra pinup artwork. In the first story, titled "The Rocketeer", Cliff uncovers a plot by the Maroni Gang threatening to launch a stolen rocket in an attempt to extort money from the government. As insurance, they've taken Cliff's girlfriend Betty as a hostage. In a showdown at the gang's secret desert lair, Cliff spoils the gang's plans and rescues Betty in some high-flying action. In "Home Again", Cliff shows up at the house of his friend Peevey with an extra rocket engine and helmet. These extras are battered and dented, and Cliff is asked to explain what happened. He starts talking about a character he met in New York City named Mr. Jonas, but the story is cut short and is ambiguous in its meaning. Undoubtedly there is more to the story, which I hope the authors will elaborate on in future editions. "Dear Betty" concentrates less on Cliff and more on his girlfriend. Betty (an homage to Bettie Page) is an actress and this story shows her life on the homefront while Cliff is off at war. A series of letters from Cliff are juxtaposed with scenes of Betty on stage, in a café, and fighting off frequent advances from the lecherous Mr. Stanhope. Coming around 30 years after Dave Stevens' original stories, Rocketeer Adventures, Volume 1 is an attempt to reboot an underappreciated franchise. The first story of this book tells us what the Rocketeer is about - he's a superhero with a jetpack. The last story shows us more about Betty and her life. The second story, however, is the teaser for a good storyline. It raises more questions than answers. It's mysterious and I can't wait for more to come. The only downside is that I was sort of hoping for a complete story. However, one person's frustration is another's cliffhanger. It's more enjoyable than not.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Micah

    I don't know about this. I like the rocketeer well enough, but I only really enjoyed two stories in this anthology. Anthologies are hard to review in general. Is one truly great story enough to buoy some mediocre stuff? Is there one story so abhorrent that it drags everything else down? The Darwyn Cooke Story is probably my favorite in there followed by the Dave Gibbons Scott Hampton story. Not everything was bad. But none of the other stories were really memorable to me. Too many of these stori I don't know about this. I like the rocketeer well enough, but I only really enjoyed two stories in this anthology. Anthologies are hard to review in general. Is one truly great story enough to buoy some mediocre stuff? Is there one story so abhorrent that it drags everything else down? The Darwyn Cooke Story is probably my favorite in there followed by the Dave Gibbons Scott Hampton story. Not everything was bad. But none of the other stories were really memorable to me. Too many of these stories (even the ones I liked) just beat the 'Cliff is jealous' drum a bit too hard. Betty is always falling out of her clothes. And sure, that's a feature of the old stuff, but when every story does it the anthology loses most to all of it's appeal. I'm not a fan of jealous guy can't handle actress girlfriend's lifestyle stories anyway. It's not just that these are brought up in many of these stories, it's that they're the central component to many of these stories. Some of the stories in here just don't make sense. Feels like they're part of a bigger issue and just never get fleshed out. There's one where all the characters just say a bunch of words and none of it means anything and then the story ends. The prose story was boring too. I don't know. Ultimately if you love the rocketeer you'd probably get a kick out of it, but if you're not gaga over the premise there's other books to read. If you catch it at the library though it's definitely worth checking out for the couple of good stories in there.

  8. 5 out of 5

    BigJohn

    Rocketeer Adventures Volume 1 continues the adventures of Cliff Secord as The Rocketeer. These stories are written and illustrated by a different team than the original stories - and each story has its own team, so the style and quality varies between each. The stories themselves are a little stale; I'm not sure how many different ways you can have Betty get kidnapped and then rescued by Cliff, but that seems to be the prevailing plot device used by all of the writers. There is a refreshing text- Rocketeer Adventures Volume 1 continues the adventures of Cliff Secord as The Rocketeer. These stories are written and illustrated by a different team than the original stories - and each story has its own team, so the style and quality varies between each. The stories themselves are a little stale; I'm not sure how many different ways you can have Betty get kidnapped and then rescued by Cliff, but that seems to be the prevailing plot device used by all of the writers. There is a refreshing text-only piece in the middle of the book, which follows the style of the era (all of these stories are told in a time frame somewhere between 1936 and 1945), so it has a pulp-like feel to it, and lets you use your imagination a little more. Separating the different stories are the original covers to the comics that comprise the hardback volume. They were illustrated by the original Rocketeer creator, Dave Stevens, but a 2nd cover for each is also rendered by Alex Ross, painter extraordinaire. His breathtaking pieces are also provided in their original pencil sketch forms as well. Adding Alex Ross' work into the mix raises the overall quality of the book, but the stories fall a little short on entertainment.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    Is it weird that I liked the tribute stories to Dave Steven's series over the original books themselves? Because the lineup of authors and artists in this collection is amazing, and the quality of the stories overall is a step up from what I remember of the original works, with pieces by Kurt Busiek and Darwyn Cooke especially showing exactly how much there is to mine in the concept. I appreciate that Betty gets to be more than a Damsel in Undress in a couple of the stories, although she also en Is it weird that I liked the tribute stories to Dave Steven's series over the original books themselves? Because the lineup of authors and artists in this collection is amazing, and the quality of the stories overall is a step up from what I remember of the original works, with pieces by Kurt Busiek and Darwyn Cooke especially showing exactly how much there is to mine in the concept. I appreciate that Betty gets to be more than a Damsel in Undress in a couple of the stories, although she also ends up in skimpy outfits a little too much for my tastes, even if the artists who draw them capture her and it well. The action sequences are pretty impressive even if the scope is limited by the shorter lengths. Still, fans of the movie or the comics will find a lot to like here.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    The Rocketeer Adventures is a grand anthology of pulp adventures featuring Dave Stephens' Rocketeer, written by a talented group of artists. There's not really a bad story in here, although these are pretty standard 7-10 page pulp stories. However, Kurt Busiek's Dear Betty actual does have an emotional journey and an interesting focus on Betty that makes for compelling reading. There's so many interesting stories, nods, and pastiches to the Golden Age of Comics and Stevens original work that if y The Rocketeer Adventures is a grand anthology of pulp adventures featuring Dave Stephens' Rocketeer, written by a talented group of artists. There's not really a bad story in here, although these are pretty standard 7-10 page pulp stories. However, Kurt Busiek's Dear Betty actual does have an emotional journey and an interesting focus on Betty that makes for compelling reading. There's so many interesting stories, nods, and pastiches to the Golden Age of Comics and Stevens original work that if you love comics and stories of this era or enjoyed the original Rocketeer book, this is worth checking out. There's no ongoing story but a really fun anthology.

  11. 5 out of 5

    James Hamill

    With a bunch of different creators each contributing a piece, there's something in here for every Rocketeer fan. It's what's great about anthologies. It also further explores the world imagined by Dave Stevens and satisfies that craving left after reading the original work or watching the movie. It's not meant to be consumed in one sitting, but rather it provides 12 days worth of short comics stories. I bought my copy in the discount bin of my local comic shop (LCS), and if you manage to find it With a bunch of different creators each contributing a piece, there's something in here for every Rocketeer fan. It's what's great about anthologies. It also further explores the world imagined by Dave Stevens and satisfies that craving left after reading the original work or watching the movie. It's not meant to be consumed in one sitting, but rather it provides 12 days worth of short comics stories. I bought my copy in the discount bin of my local comic shop (LCS), and if you manage to find it in the discount bin of your LCS, I highly recommend you snag it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    This anthology is sadly like most, which is a mixed bag. It was really great to see some of the industry's best work on this classic book but the stories were so short, no one was able to spread their wings. I think I really just want a modern take on this character with Mike Allred at them helm. Due to the format, it was a lightning quick read. Overall, a decent but not spectacular look into the past. This anthology is sadly like most, which is a mixed bag. It was really great to see some of the industry's best work on this classic book but the stories were so short, no one was able to spread their wings. I think I really just want a modern take on this character with Mike Allred at them helm. Due to the format, it was a lightning quick read. Overall, a decent but not spectacular look into the past.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Browning

    Reread because I’m getting rid of them - I remember being lukewarm at best about this and I can definitely see why. The art is frequently beautiful, but the stories are just the same thing again and again with very few variations. I’m also frustrated that there is only one female creator in this because it really feels like a succession of artists who should and do know better having an excuse to draw Betty in cheesecake poses again and again and again

  14. 4 out of 5

    John

    Fun Read. I got hooked on The Rocketeer with the movie. This is quite different. The art is great. A few of the stories left me wondering what just happened, but most were very good.

  15. 5 out of 5

    David

    Like, I'm sure, more than a few others, my first exposure to The Rocketeer came from the early 90s movie of the same name: even back then, I remember thinking that it bore more than a few resemblances to the 1988 Amiga game 'Rocker Ranger', with both set during (or near) World War 2, and both concerning a test pilot who learns the use of a jet-fueled rocket pack. I was completely unaware that the film - and, more than likely, that game - were based on a comic series of the same name: this particu Like, I'm sure, more than a few others, my first exposure to The Rocketeer came from the early 90s movie of the same name: even back then, I remember thinking that it bore more than a few resemblances to the 1988 Amiga game 'Rocker Ranger', with both set during (or near) World War 2, and both concerning a test pilot who learns the use of a jet-fueled rocket pack. I was completely unaware that the film - and, more than likely, that game - were based on a comic series of the same name: this particular one. I aoso have to say that the film (from what I remember) draws heavily from this source, although (if you'll forgive the pun) neither ever really seemed to 'take off' for me: to heavily draw me in.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Spats I liked it, but beyond their relationship always about to crash there wasn't a lot of daring doo. I would have liked more doo. Spats I liked it, but beyond their relationship always about to crash there wasn't a lot of daring doo. I would have liked more doo.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    The high highs more than make up for the natural unevenness of this anthology and what a pleasure to read one last Darwyn Cooke story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Keegan Fink

    I'm a huge fan of Dave Stevens, particularly his work with The Rocketeer. I watched the film so many times on VHS that I wore out the tape. I immediately sprung for the Deluxe slipcase collection of Dave's original Rocketeer work when it came out a few years ago. With that said, I was a little disappointed by IDW's foray into the Rocketeer canon. I don't often write reviews, but I felt compelled to only recommend this title with some clear reservation. Overall, the stories are incredibly short. I'm a huge fan of Dave Stevens, particularly his work with The Rocketeer. I watched the film so many times on VHS that I wore out the tape. I immediately sprung for the Deluxe slipcase collection of Dave's original Rocketeer work when it came out a few years ago. With that said, I was a little disappointed by IDW's foray into the Rocketeer canon. I don't often write reviews, but I felt compelled to only recommend this title with some clear reservation. Overall, the stories are incredibly short. This isn't a bad thing, per say, but some of the stories felt out of character for the players involved. The Rocketeer is clearly the product of pulp fiction from the 1930's, 40's & 50's — but some of the antics in this book (giant monsters?!) feel over the top, even for a two-fisted pulp title such as this. The graphic novel is good, not great. Some stories are better than others. Some of the artwork really sings, echoing the style of Dave Stevens, while some of the other artwork feels forced — as if IDW felt compelled to employ certain notable illustrators for their fame rather than for what they would bring to the Rocketeer canon. As someone who loves the source material, I wouldn't go so far as to say this is a "must have", but it would make a decent gift to a fan of the series. I'm trying to be optimistic about volume II.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    This anthology series resurrects the Rocketeer, a great character that had been largely out of action since creator Dave Stevens's fatal bout with cancer. The talent tapped for this miniseries make a valiant effort to deliver adventure yarns in the spirit of the original. While the final product is well worth a read, living up to the creator's original work proves an impossible task. There's some great storytelling on display--particularly with one story hinting about the Rocketeer's Pacific War This anthology series resurrects the Rocketeer, a great character that had been largely out of action since creator Dave Stevens's fatal bout with cancer. The talent tapped for this miniseries make a valiant effort to deliver adventure yarns in the spirit of the original. While the final product is well worth a read, living up to the creator's original work proves an impossible task. There's some great storytelling on display--particularly with one story hinting about the Rocketeer's Pacific War exploits--but the artwork is a bit weak for some stories. And while anthology stories are nice, I missed the longer plots from the first series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I had originally bought the single issues, but gave them away and bought the Hardcover for myself. A bunch of short stories by some of today's top talents. Most of the stories in this book are pretty nice and seem to fit better within the general Rocketeer universe than those of the 2nd volume. So far, we've yet to see any story or art that compares to Dave Stevens' originals. I had originally bought the single issues, but gave them away and bought the Hardcover for myself. A bunch of short stories by some of today's top talents. Most of the stories in this book are pretty nice and seem to fit better within the general Rocketeer universe than those of the 2nd volume. So far, we've yet to see any story or art that compares to Dave Stevens' originals.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brad Jost

    While most of the stories in this are quite short and non threatening to the Rocketeer, I fully enjoyed them all. I actually enjoy the shortness of each story. Compact, sometimes meaningful, sometimes not... It doesn't matter. I will buy anything Rocketeer. This is one of my favorite little graphic novel. While most of the stories in this are quite short and non threatening to the Rocketeer, I fully enjoyed them all. I actually enjoy the shortness of each story. Compact, sometimes meaningful, sometimes not... It doesn't matter. I will buy anything Rocketeer. This is one of my favorite little graphic novel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    A compilation of short Rocketeer stories written post-creator-death. As with most such compilations, some are better than others, and it doesn't really follow a specific line or direction. But I enjoyed it, and seeing the characters continue to enable storytelling is always a great plus. If you can find a copy lying around, it's worth a read. Worth a few bucks if you find a good price. A compilation of short Rocketeer stories written post-creator-death. As with most such compilations, some are better than others, and it doesn't really follow a specific line or direction. But I enjoyed it, and seeing the characters continue to enable storytelling is always a great plus. If you can find a copy lying around, it's worth a read. Worth a few bucks if you find a good price.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    While many of the stories are simplistic one shots with very similar plots, it's a fun book that feels authentic to the time period and character it's portraying. The good guy always wins, the bad guys are rarely credible threats, and his girl is the cause of a great deal of irrational jealousy. If anything, I wish the stories could have been more substantial, but again, it's a fun collection. While many of the stories are simplistic one shots with very similar plots, it's a fun book that feels authentic to the time period and character it's portraying. The good guy always wins, the bad guys are rarely credible threats, and his girl is the cause of a great deal of irrational jealousy. If anything, I wish the stories could have been more substantial, but again, it's a fun collection.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    A well-produced book with lots of wonderful art, but the stories mostly left me flat. Maybe it's not a character that works well without some room to breathe, maybe it's just this property only belongs to Dave Stevens. Beautiful work done by well-meaning people, just not for me. A well-produced book with lots of wonderful art, but the stories mostly left me flat. Maybe it's not a character that works well without some room to breathe, maybe it's just this property only belongs to Dave Stevens. Beautiful work done by well-meaning people, just not for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    A great character in a lot of bland stories. Nothing new here, just a bunch of writers happy to play with a famous character that all seem to just crank out variation on the same idea. Nice to see all the different artists drawing the Rocketeer, shame the stories aren't as impressive. A great character in a lot of bland stories. Nothing new here, just a bunch of writers happy to play with a famous character that all seem to just crank out variation on the same idea. Nice to see all the different artists drawing the Rocketeer, shame the stories aren't as impressive.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Originally published as a limited series, this volume collects several gorgeously illustrated but thinly written short tales & anecdotes of The Rocketeer. I love the original series & for fans of it this is a fun ride. I don't know how much new readers will get out of it, though. Originally published as a limited series, this volume collects several gorgeously illustrated but thinly written short tales & anecdotes of The Rocketeer. I love the original series & for fans of it this is a fun ride. I don't know how much new readers will get out of it, though.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Grg

    Some really beautiful art, but not one memorable story. They were all very repetitive using the same Betty in Hollywood/Cliff gets jealous storyline like twelve times. I know they're doing more Rocketeer books, I hope they're better than this. I do love the characters in the original. Some really beautiful art, but not one memorable story. They were all very repetitive using the same Betty in Hollywood/Cliff gets jealous storyline like twelve times. I know they're doing more Rocketeer books, I hope they're better than this. I do love the characters in the original.

  28. 4 out of 5

    David

    Top industry creators take a hand at Rocketeer shorts. While a very impressive collection of talent, it doesn't really add anything to what Stevens had already done with the character. Top industry creators take a hand at Rocketeer shorts. While a very impressive collection of talent, it doesn't really add anything to what Stevens had already done with the character.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diine

    i like the story... :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Derek Royal

    The short vignettes, versions of Stevens's original vision, are fine. This collection of small adventures, though, whets my appetite for longer, more sustained storylines (which come later). The short vignettes, versions of Stevens's original vision, are fine. This collection of small adventures, though, whets my appetite for longer, more sustained storylines (which come later).

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