Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Rocketeer with an all-new full-length series!

Dave Stevens created the Rocketeer in 1982 and it has proven to be a uniquely enduring Character. Now 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, we introduce a lovely new character who will be vying against Betty for Cliff’s affections!

Story by Mark Waid
Art by Chris Samnee
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Shawn Lee
Cover by Chris Samnee & Dave Stevens

Price: $3.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 6.4%


midwinter08/24/12NoRead Review
Avg Rating: 4.4
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  1. What’s a full length series? Does that mean the same as “ongoing”?

  2. You KNOW this is going to be AWESOME!

  3. DAMN IT!

    How could I forget to pull this? Such an idiot….

  4. Never have been intrested in this character much, didnt even bother to check out the other IDW stuff after all the praise it got on here but this creative team will make me grab the first issue at least to try it out hoping to enjoy it!

  5. Aww shit this is gonna be fun.

  6. Was there a reason those old school pants had those bulges on the sides (i can’t remember what they were called) or where they the style of the time?

  7. Waid?


  8. I’ve never picked up a Rocketeer bok, but if the creative force behind DD are doing it then I have tp grab it. Besides, I dig pulp-noir throwback stuff, and I think that the Rocketeer fits that bill.

  9. I’m already assuming that this is on my short list for best mini of the year just based on the creative team. Waid, Samnee and Bellaire? I’m there.

  10. This issue was a lot of fun. After reading the anthology-style stories of the previous series, it’s great to see Cliff and the gang get some breathing room. And yes, this is the perfect creative team for the character.

  11. I bought this on the basis of the creative team and liked it quite a bit — there were a few moments I felt like I would have liked some exposition (do longtime readers know who the black-haired Big Bad on the boat is supposed to be?), but overall it was very accessible. Is this mini-series build on previous Rocketeer comics?

    • Unless I’m forgetting something, all the characters coming in on the boat are new to the series. The Rocketeer isn’t really about arch villains and the like.

  12. Nice intro issue. The tone and style is pitch perfect, but it could’ve used a bit more plot.

  13. Never really followed the Rocketeer but picked this up based on the awesome creative team. Was I the only one who felt like this was kind of a let down? Maybe I had too high of expectations.

    • I also was let down. I can’t pin point why, but I will ride out the series bc I have faith in the creators to spin a great tale!

    • Stevens’ Rocketeer stories were never heavy on plotting. It was all about the mood, the time & place, and the beautiful art. The guy knew how to draw, knew what he liked to draw, and enjoyed the hell out it. As a reader, his enthusiasm was infectious. His Bettie Page-a-like illustrations were drool inducing. You didn’t care how flimsy her negligee was or creaky the plot, you just wanted to see more of those luscious lines.

      Now, Waid & Samnee are doing a bang-up tribute, but of course it’s gonna look and feel somewhat different. I love the original and I love this, too.

  14. This was everything a comic should be!

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