Review – The Rocketeer: The Great Race #2

From IDW Publishing this is the second part to this mini-series featuring a classic character. This is The Rocketeer: The Great Race #2.

Cliff Secord has finally decided to abandon the Rocketeer persona for good and concentrate on making his gal, Betty, proud of him by taking an honest-to-goodness legit gig-piloting an experimental rocket plane in a death-defying race halfway around the world! Cliff must navigate both the route and the myriad ace pilots assembled against him in order to secure one of the most valuable prizes ever offered. If only the competition were as prepared as Cliff to play it straight… Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

Writer, Artist, Variant Cover Artist – Stephen Mooney
Cover Artist – Gabriel Rodriguez

Building well on the instructions being made in the first issue, and the race is on.

This issue was well told, with some interesting points and aspects to it. There are many suspicious characters and goings-on in this issue, and it is hard to know who to trust. I like the aspects of the new plane – there are some excellent shots in the air as the race is well shown throughout this issue.

Cliff Secord is a perfect character in this, with some excellent character moments – he wants to show he’s the best and this is the ticket to show that. Plus he gets to do it in a new plane. The bad guys are well shown and the link to Cliff’s previous adventure is well done, showing why he doesn’t have all the facts yet, but we as the readers do.

The art and colours are excellent, vibrant, yet muted, with some excellent scenes and great action.

The race is underway, and we get left with a great cliffhanger for the next issue.

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