The Rocketeer by Dave Stevens and The Spirit by Will Eisner are two of comicdom's most beloved characters. They are a perfect match because their respective worlds compliment each other so well. The plot is interesting and seems like something Eisner himself would have written in an early Spirit story to have the Spirit travel. A city councilman for Central City has been murdered in Los Angeles, so Commissioner Dolan, his daughter Ellen and Denny Colt (The Spirit) travel there to investigate. Of course, The Rocketeer and his supporting cast show up and adventure ensues. At first, they don't like each other, but eventually the two heroes have to team up to win the day. Betty, Cliff's girlfriend, seems pretty taken with The Spirit and Ellen is her usual investigative self. Like most modern comics, this story seems best when read as a whole as opposed to issue by issue. It was nice to see The Octopus show up in this one as he is the arch-nemesis of The Spirit. In fact, the villainy in this story almost seems more important than the crossover itself.
Waid has written a pretty interesting, slightly cliched slice of pulp fiction, here. The art is varied and by the end of the story rather daunting to get through. However, all in all, this is worth of both Will Eisner and Dave Stevens. If you like pulp characters, golden age flavor or just the time period in your comics, pick this up. Good job, Mark Waid and Co.