Review – The Rocketeer At War! #1 (of 4) (IDW Publishing)

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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Artist: Dave Bullock
Release Date: December 23rd, 2015

Despite his storied history in comics, which included a Disney movie adaptation starring my teenage crush Jennifer Connelly in 1991, I have never read a single issue of a Rocketeer story. I only have myself to blame for this act of ignorance, but, to be honest, I’m an idiot sometimes. However, with this brand new story arc from Marc Guggenheim, this is a perfect time to jump on board for newbies like me.

At War is a brand new mini-series which sees hero Cliff Secord abandon his jetpack and suit to join the army as an average soldier during World War II, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. However, when the Nazis unveil a villain with his very own jetpack, our hero must return to his roots if his country has any chance of beating the evil Axis powers. He also misses his gal back home but he might very well be catching the eye of another through his heroism. The problems of an American hero, huh?

There is a lot to be admired about this first issue. For a start, it’s some entertaining pulpy fun which revises history and throws in superheroes and villains to the mix. Furthermore, it boasts an old school charm akin to the all-American superhero comics of yesteryear. Characters are simple and so is the story, and while it isn’t going to change the game it does a solid job of achieving what it sets out to do. It’s an innocent comic, in an era where many of us have grown accustomed to edgier content. Kids and adults alike will enjoy it, and that’s a good thing.

However, for jaded, bloodthirsty readers like me, it won’t be priority reading. On top of that, as fun and charming as it is, it didn’t leave me grinning from ear to ear either. While it’s hard to find any faults with anything here, there isn’t anything I would say is great about it either. But it is a good time nonetheless.

Overall, this is worth a read if you’re looking for some light fluff. The series is off to a solid enough start to keep me interested, and while it’s not spectacular just yet, it might be in future. Definitely worth a read, although not essential unless you’re already a fan.

Rating: 3/5.

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The writer of this piece was: Kieran Fisher
Kieran Tweets from @HairEverywhere_.

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