By PS Hayes
Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 at 1:20 pm
Rocketeer Adventures, Vol. 2 #3 Written by Dave Lapham, Kyle Baker & Matt Wagner
Art by Chris Sprouse, Kyle Baker, Eric Canete & Eric Powell
Inks by Karl Story
Colors by Jordie Bellaire, Eric Canete, Cassandra Poulson & David Stewart
Letters by Shawn Lee & Kyle Baker
Covers by Darwyn Cooke & Dave Stevens
The Rocketeer Created by Dave Stevens
Design by Chris Mowry IDW Publishing
Release Date: May 30, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99
Rocketeer Adventures reminds me why I love comics. And why I’ll always love the traditional comic medium. No, I’m not one of those who hates digital. I have MORE than plenty of digital comics on my computer and 100% of the books that I review are sent to me via computer. But there’s something about holding a comic book in your hands. You get totally lost in the story and in the book itself. Cheers to IDW for putting together another fantastic issue of this series.
The first story in Rocketeer Adventures, Vol. 2 #3 is written by David Lapham with art by Chris Sprouse. It’s a great truth or dare type of story that really speaks to ANYONE reading it. The underlying message in the book is universal and applies to the audience. We can all find a piece of ourselves in this fantastic short story. It reads light, with no heavy moral issue, but when you get to the end, there’s a great “ah-ha” moment that will make you want to read it again. This is, by far, my favorite story in the issue.
The second story is by Kyle Baker and it’s a nice follow-up piece to the first story. While the first story made you think, Baker’s offering is just pure entertainment. Funny, goofy, and it will definitely make you laugh. But beyond that, there’s a really nice story to be told, one that’s solid and one that will entertain.
The third and final story is written by Matt Wagner with art by Eric Canete. Like Baker’s story, it’s light, but entertaining. You can see the ending coming a mile away, but it’s still really enjoyable. In my opinion, this is weakest story in the issue, but it’s still pretty damn good.
I LOVE this book. I was never much a fan of short stories in single comic book issues, they always seemed rushed and half finished. But not here. Not at all. I have the feeling that every creator involved got to tell the story that they wanted to. And there’s something very charming about reading The Rocketeer this way. He’s one of the few characters that can be done like this. If it were say, Batman or Spider-Man, I don’t think it would’ve come off this excellent. But with the charm and innocence of the The Rocketeer, this volume is a fantastic read. Definitely worth your time and money!
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