Friday, July 19, 2013

The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror

 There's not a more welcoming sight than a Walt Simonson cover. He has four of them collected in THE ROCKETEER: HOLLYWOOD HORROR. That should be enough to justify a purchase right there.

 If it isn't, than how about if I told you that it's written by Roger Langridge and illustrated by J. Bone? Bone's style is a far cry from the lush work of Rocketeer creator Dave Stevens, but it works wonderfully, giving the book a kind of "Rocketeer: The Animated Adventures" feel. Langridge's story has a little too much of a "Scooby-Doo" vibe to it, especially towards the end, but any disappointment that I may have felt with the plot was more than made up by the masterful execution that Langridge demonstrates. I was especially happy that the book, while perfectly capable of standing alone, is a wonderful companion piece to Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's THE ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM, following up on some of that books plot points. We even get appearances by Doc Savage and his associates, as well as Nick and Nora Charles, and a host of 1930's Hollywood stars, as well as a surprise narrator that brought a huge smile to my face. This is a fun, lighthearted book, and it's really got me (Even more...) excited to see what IDW has in store for Cliff, Peevy, and Betty.

 THE ROCKETEER: HOLLYWOOD HORROR collects all four issues of the mini-series, with all covers and variants. IDW provided a review copy.