WonderCon 2012: Waid and Samnee Take Flight with the ROCKETEER

This summer, everybody’s favorite hood ornament is headed back to the stratosphere in an all new mini from IDW. The first big story out of WonderCon 2012 is the pitch perfect pairing of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee on a four-issue Rocketeer yarn! These mark the first full-length adventures for Dave Stevens’ retro-cool character in over a decade. Last year’s anthology series boasted some exceptional talent including Darwyn Cooke, Mike Allred and Kurt Busiek, but if there was ever a team to don the helmet and jetpack and take off an extended Rocketeer adventure, it’s this one.


Not sure if anything else out of Anaheim can top this one. If Waid brings the same fancy-free panache to his take on Cliff Secord as he’s delivered in the pages of Daredevil, the altitude should be just right. As for Samnee, he’s perfectly suited to take the franchise through a perfect barrel roll. Here’s hoping those four issues turn into a more permanent fixture to the comics skyline.

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  1. very cool. that should be really fun.

  2. What a great pairing of talent (Waid & Samnee). This should be a blast!


  4. This is a pretty much perfect pair for the series. Samnee on Rocketeer, I didn’t realize how much I wanted to see it until I found out it was happening.

  5. Never read/seen anything to do with the Rocketeer. But this creative team may well push me over the edge.

  6. Wow. Fantastic!

  7. WHEN?! This is awesome news!

  8. I have never been happier about a convention announcement… O_O

    So pumped!

  9. Holy mother of christ, when does this come out?

  10. Well this sounds like nothing but porn for people like josh and fans of Rocketeer alike.

    ….It does to me too. I WANT THIS!

  11. Couldn’t imagine two better creaters for this

  12. Hey now that is perfect on all counts. Writer, artist and character….PERFECT! I cant wait.

  13. Ohh happy day!

  14. Count me in!

  15. I’m flailing around like Kermit the Frog from the excitement!

  16. Great creative team, perfectly suited for the material.

  17. I’ve never read any Rocketeer comics, but the team does excite me. Though, I’m not sure I’ll have enough money with all the other series I’m getting right now.

  18. OH YES!

  19. yesyesyesyesYESYESYESYESOHGODYES!!!!!!

  20. Great team on Rocketeer, those two are perfect for this book, thought the 4 issue mini with the plethora of talent pitching in was cool too.

  21. This is the book Samnee was born to do!

  22. That’s fantastic news!!

  23. Take my money now please.

  24. Great news, except now I have to wait for it – damn!

  25. This is going to be fun!! Great news!!

  26. I couldn’t be any more excited for this!

  27. how come people like the rocketeer and boba fett don’t have asses that are on fire? i dont mean to say that they don’t have NICE asses (because they do). i’m asking quite literally why their asses aren’t on fire everytime they turn the jetts on?

  28. 1) Rule of Cool.

    2) Fire-resistant jodhpurs.

  29. captamerica101 (@Autobot_Hunter) says:

    ahem… YESYESYESYESYESYESYESYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Now I’ve gotta pay attention to IDW when pre-ordering too. Man, too many companies to comb through. Will someone remind me in a month or two when pre-ordering for this starts? I’ll probably forget by then.

  31. I am looking forward to this. I love the retro feel of the Rocketeer. Waid is an amazing writer. Should do very well with this mini. Hopefully we get an ongoing series.