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- Print Length: 104 pages
- Publisher: IDW Publishing (15 Aug. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D59O928
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,086,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Its 1930s Hollywood and a no-good hypnotist called Otto Rune is out to rob tinseltown's wealthiest with his nefarious plans. Meanwhile Cliff Secord aka the Rocketeer is being pursued by goons working for a shady employer who wants the jetpack for himself. But when Cliff's girl, the pinup model Betty, gets caught up in Rune's plan, he'll have to make do with a sub-par rocket pack to take on - the Hollywood Horror!
I've read some reviews that say this is the Rocketeer crossed with HP Lovecraft and let me say, it's not. There is some cult-like stuff here, dark arts, etc. and a tentacled "horror" does emerge in the final issue, but it's not at all a Lovecraftian comic. It's more light-hearted, even comedic in places, and kind of charming in its way. It's going for the kind of 30s Hollywood movie tone and it accomplishes this - except I'm just not a fan of those kinds of movies. If you like old-style movies, you'll get more out of this but I felt the story was at times a bit too light as to be forgettable. It's also a bit anachronistic in that while its aiming for the 1930s tone, Langridge gives Betty a 21st century progressive personality.
J Bone's art is fantastic, kind of like late 90s Darwyn Cooke, and beautifully coloured, so the book looks really, really good.Read more ›
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The story follows dastardly Otto Rune, who has a nefarious plan that hurts Cliff's dame's friend. The dame, Betty, goes undercover to find out more and faces danger as a result. Meanwhile, some goons want Cliff's backpack and will stop at nothing to take it from him. Will Cliff be able to save Betty, uncover Otto Rune, keep the backpack from being airlifted, and still keep his hair coiffed? Well, you get the idea that this is told in pulpy silliness and fun.
The book is full color and collects the full story arc of four comics. The illustration work is Disney cartoony - more over the top Flash Gordon than Dark Knight Commissioner Gordon. So the story is a light tongue-in-cheek fair with very bright neon colors and lots of sass and inside jokes.
One problem I had with the book was the tone. At times, it is an homage to the original 1930s era with words like 'cockamime', girls who are simple and in need of constant saving, and a simple homespun hero. But then there are the anachronistic modernisms - girls saying, "as if!" and then complaining about women's lib - while also having a career as scantily clad pin up girls. As well, Cliff's girlfriend Betty looks like Betty Page, has Betty Page's career, but is supposed to be from the 1930s, not the 1950s. As well, the whole feel of 1930s Hollywood was lost somewhere. I think the author was going for "My Girl Friday" but just ended up with Betty Page after a lobotomy.
Another problem was that Cliff spends most of the book not really doing anything except flying around and then complaining. He wasn't really a likeable character - I missed the Earnest and daring Cliff Secord of earlier comics.
I thought it was interesting to tell the tale from a narrator. But that also might have further distanced me from the characters and really liking them.
So, definitely not a bad book but the inconsistencies in tone were a bit frustrating for me.
Provided as an ARC from the publisher.
The story advances the Cliff/Betty romance while maintaining the level of fast action that characterizes the series. The storytelling isn't deep but it's clever. The fun factor makes the story worthwhile.
The art is almost a homage to the stars of the 1930s and 1940s (both real and invented), from women who look like Betty Boop to the cameo appearances of Mutt and Jeff, Snuffy Smith, Nick and Nora Charles (of The Thin Man fame), Howard Hughes, and one of the Marx Brothers. The art suits the story perfectly.
There is still plenty of Rocketeer action and all the usual characters, but it all plays out against a wonderful background of Hollywood characters that are familiar and fun to try to guess. There is also an interesting subplot with a couple of goons trying to take away the rocket pack. The narrator shows up in the beginning, then disappears for a couple issues, but the reveal is a wonderful touch.
J Bone's art fits nicely. It's a cartoony style with caricatures of Hollywood stars of the era, and it works so very well. Betty looks a little like Betty Page, the Rocketeer is gangly, and the villain looks like a mad scientist from old horror films. The covers by Walter Simonson are worthy of framing. Included are alternate covers. A nice tribute to serials and pulp fiction.
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