The Rocketeer has to save the day! Ka-Whack! Every hero has to save the day! BA-BAM! He has to face goons, brainwashed mobs, mecha-monsters and the truth of his feelings for his gal, Betty too. CRACKA-BOOM! All that plus using a substitute rocket to make it happen. KER-CRASH!?!? All of this and more come together in The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #4.
WRITTEN BY: Roger Langridge
ART BY: J Bone
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
RELEASE: May 8th, 2013
I didn`t notice it before but the back-up rocket our hero is using in this issue looks just like the one used in the classic (and underrated) film from the 90s. Nice touch, Mr. Bone. The back and forth between the goons during the initial fight is quirky and different than typical banter. The Rocketeer`s fighting style is drastically different than most comic heroes. I don`t know if he has any formal training but Cliff is quite good at making snap decisions and improvising his way into winning. The curveball of former bad guys going 180 and helping out our hero was a nice swerve to the story as well.
Our villain, Rune, has his plans unravel and chaos ensues with all the celebrities he tried to recruit into his faux-cult running around un-enthralled. The fighting and choreography of the action in the panels is great in this issue. Langridge and Bone really bring this story to a great conclusion both plot-wise and visually. I can finally envision this mini-series as a cartoon movie which makes sense for all the different story possibilities a character like The Rocketeer and passionate creators can do with him.
Our hero`s homecoming comes with a nice change in his status quo. I noticed this in the previous mini-series too. It makes sense as each story has its own objectives and story beats. If someone down the line was clever enough, they could make a whole story out of all these finales! Until then, this series was overall an enjoyable and light read. I imagine it will be a fun collection to read in one sitting in the future.
Reviewed By – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady