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The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom

The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom [Kindle Edition]

Mark Waid , Chris Samnee , Dave Stevens
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Cliff Secord and the Rocketeer take to the skies once again as Mark Waid and Chris Samnee spin a yarn in the best tradition of Dave Stevens, bringing us a tale of great adventure, suspense, and humor! A ship docks in Los Angeles harbor from a far-off and exotic locale—with a big, mysterious… and living… cargo! Danger and mayhem abound as our hero leaps into the fray! Plus, the emergence of a lovely new character who will be vying against Betty for Cliff’s affections!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 48139 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (3 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B64I786
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #557,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done the daredevil team 24 May 2013
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These guys do the impossible and make a story NEARLY as good as the original run!!!!! Art whilst grat just cannot touch what has gone before but is still of a piece.......
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3.0 out of 5 stars good, but not great 13 Mar 2013
By Apollo 11 VINE VOICE
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Wanted to like this more; great art, and the gloss is lovely. Likewise, the character and his universe lend themselves to what could be a fine adventure. However, the story is so short it barely begins and it's all over. Granted, the addition of the working drawings at the end is lovely - comparing the work in progress to what was actually printed allows light in on the editing process; some panels are redone, others tweaked. But it all seems a bit undercooked.

I do hope there's more from the Rocketeer, as it feels like it could really evolve. But for now... could try harder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute 25 Mar 2013
By Alt - Published on
Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom collects the four issue miniseries of the same name published by IDW. The character, created by Dave Stevens in the early 1980s, is sort of a throwback, with art and stories that have the pulp-influenced feel of comics from the 1930s and 1940s. The current version carries on that tradition with beautifully detailed artwork that faithfully captures the style of the original series.

In Cargo of Doom, Cliff Secord's problems with women (and with the newly formed Civil Aeronautics Board) alternate with his adventures as The Rocketeer. He's getting it on with Betty (in a wholesome, pre-sexual revolution way) but Betty is jealous because his aviation student, Sally, has a huge crush on him. Meanwhile, the bad guys have devised a nefarious plan to -- wait for it -- strap rocket packs on prehistoric creatures so they can terrorize cities. From the air. Because Godzilla isn't really much of a threat to a city unless he's wearing a rocket pack. And, of course, prehistoric monsters know how to control their flight path using the jet pack -- er, um, maybe they can be taught? And since some of the monsters already have wings and are capable of flying under their own power, the reason for giving jet packs to the others is less than obvious.

Yes, that storyline is silly, but Rocketeer isn't meant to taken seriously. The human interest aspects of the story -- Secord's love triangle and his problems with CAB -- add some believable drama to offset the silliness. The interaction of the human characters is engaging and the art is lush. This volume reproduces a couple of pages of Dave Stevens' artwork. The art in the current version is a fitting tribute to Stevens.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Piece of Pulp Entertainment. 4 April 2013
By James Donnelly - Published on
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Mark Waid, thanks not only to a brilliant creative mind, but also to a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of comics in general, has brought us many great comics over the years. For example, his current work on DAREDEVIL has garnered him both Eisners and Harvey awards for his work (which is kind of the equivalent of winning the Golden Globes AND The Academy Awards). And with his current co-pilot on DAREDEVIL, artist extraordinare Chris Samnee (THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER, SERENITY: A SHEPARD'S TALE, to name a few), they've created a lush, loving, and beautiful tribute to the premiere work of the late Dave Stevens, which is Cliff Secord aka The Rocketeer, in their new original mini-series ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM.

While the tale itself, a grand pulp adventure where Cliff, his gorgeous lady-love Betty, his trusty engineer and best friend Peevy, as well as Peevy's tomboy niece Sally and a sneaky G-Man, are put up against the mysterious and deadly cargo of a ship and its villainous captain which blends great, vibrant action with terrific wit, genuine emotion, sharp characterization, and an exciting, twisty narrative.

CARGO OF DOOM pays devout service to the legacy of Stevens while carving its own strong niche in the history of The Rocketeer, which is an incredibly difficult thing to pull off. Since IDW won the rights to the characters of The Rocketeer, they've done some incredibly strong work with the character, which is almost iconographic amongst the industry's professionals; the anthology series ROCKETEER ADVENTURES Volumes One and Two are some of the best things to come out of independent comics in recent years, and now with CARGO OF DOOM, The Rocketeer is still going strong as a comic that may not pull in the massive crowds, but is much beloved among fans of the comics medium.

I can't praise this book enough, because not only is it extremely well-written by Waid, but even better is the art by Samnee. His distinctive style is so wonderfully expressive and totally dynamic that it is the best example of a comic artist supplementing (and I would also say surpassing) the writer's work. CARGO OF DOOM is such a perfect piece of comic entertainment that I believe that anyone looking to teach comic creation should put this book at the top of their curriculum. There wasn't a better mini-series that came out in 2012, either from any of the major or minor publishers, than ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM.

And this packaging of this hardcover is almost inconceivably well done. Usually the binding on a hardcover from one of the major publishers is very weak, but this book... it'll never fall apart. It's just gorgeous from cover to cover.

Despite owning all the individual issues of this, I still had to buy this hardcover. Yes, it's that good. So what are you waiting for? Stop reading and start buying!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still wondering why he never burns his feet... 17 May 2013
By Agustin Goba - Published on
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It's no Dave Stevens Rocketeer, but it is the next best thing. Waid does a great job of creating the same atmosphere that Stevens did with his titular character and Chris Samnee's art, while nothing like Stevens', is fun and reminiscent of artwork of the period, at least to me.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 13 Mar 2013
By Damian - Published on
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The quality on this hardback book is amazing...great image printed directly on cover, wonderful paper that reproduces the art and color wonderfully. An amazing value for the price I paid on Amazon!
The art and story are great...Samnee and Waid are a great team and the full layout sketches at the back at the book are an excellent bonus.
I wish all comics were reprinted at this level of quality.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocketeer and the Cargo of Dooooooooooom! 13 Mar 2013
By Anarchy in the US - Published on
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Thank IDW for bringing back the greatness of Dave Stevens Rocketeer character for the 30th anniversary, as well as the people buying the comics in support. Because of the sales figures for Rocketeer Adventures Volume 1 and Rocketeer Adventures Volume 2 did very well, IDW decided to let comics guru Mark Waid write a full-length story arc on the adventures of Cliff Secord, which means unlike the Rocketeer Adventures were anthologies of the character being short stories, Waid gets to write the first 4-issue story arc on said character since Dave Stevens was alive and well. And oh boy, this is some great pulp action.

THE ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM is a simple premise which a large cargo ship docking into Los Angeles, 1940's, is carrying a mysterious haul for New York guessed it: is a cargo of doom. All of a sudden, the main villain gets wind that the Rocketeer resides in LA, so he makes a plan to steal the rocket and use it for his evil schemes. It's up to the Rocketeer to stop this evil man's plot and find out the purpose of his mysterious cargo.

Mark Waid writes a perfect ode to the pulp comics, having action, horror, and even romance (what pulp comics doesn't have romance in it?) while keeping some level of newness about. And much like any pulp comics, the Rocketeer doesn't have continuity or any other baggage about like today's comics, so new and old readers can read this.

Waid writes this having a great sense of fun for the pulp genre with the characters reactions and subtle quips (who doesn't love a complex weird love triangle of Cliff, Betty, and a third lady?!), to the zany master plot from the villain (yes, it involves rockets and that doom-like cargo), and the horror and mystery of what's inside that cargo (I'll give you hint: remember King Kong? It's not a giant ape, but you'll see) all of which make up the proper ingredients for a truly great comic in the spirit of pulp genre that others comics today just don't have.

Proper kudos also has to go to artist Chris Samnee, who draws this in the true spirit of Pulp and Silver-Age designs. Samnee matches Waids wild imagination in the characters and yes, the craziness that happens with that horrible cargo. It reminds me of other Silver-Age artist enthusiast Darwyn Cooke, so expect the same level of design and care. As well as 30 pages of original layout artwork from all 4 issues and covers is a great extra set of bonuses.

Only complaints some might have is that this is short (only 4 issues worth). It's no biggie at all, but you wish Waid could of done more. And the other is the confusion in issue 3 is hard to follow, because things just happen out of the blue and some of those same questions never get answered. I think parts like these are meant to be that way, consider pulp comics did things like this where random things just happened and readers are supposed to not really care about those details. In that day and age, of course people never noticed the details, but in today's times, people might not get the reference and just confuse them (but hopefully not). And the added touches of blood and violence are not really needed for this comic, but they do match the horror and mystery aspect of the book.

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's THE ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM is truly one of best pulp comics out there (but how many pulp comics are out there?). If your looking for a guy and his rocket-pack doing a crazy adventure on a deadly cargo, then give this book a whirl. Or if your a Rocketeet fan, or even a new reader to try something different, then give this a shot as well. It all ends a classic age "duh-duh-duh!!" cliffhanger moment where maybe, just maybe...Mark Wait and Chris Samnee might give this series another spin. Until then, here's hoping more from the next Rocketeer story, Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror
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