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Comics You Should Be Reading: Rocketeer Adventures

Good ol' fashioned comic book fun in the latest installment of Comics You Should be Reading!


How do you introduce a new audience to the wonder of a high-flying, pulp-inspired hero without breaking the bank? Release short stories about him, of course! That's exactly what IDW has done with Rocketeer Adventures, a 4-issue miniseries starring the Rocketeer and done by the biggest names in the comic book industry, and the reason why it should be a Comic You Should be Reading!

What's it about? Rocketeer Adventures presents us with short, stand-alone stories about our eponymous rocket-propelled hero, written and drawn by some of the biggest names in comics today. Ever wanted to know what its like to be the Rocketeer? Or what it's like to have a Bettie Page analogue as your girlfriend? This is the place to start.

Why is it awesome? It's bang-for-your-buck, personified. Rocketeer Adventures allows you to dive into the action-filled life of Cliff Secord, the Rocketeer, through short, newbie-friendly adventures anyone can pick up and read and enjoy at once...all for $3.99. The Rocketeer has seen a resurgence in popularity thanks to IDW's efforts to dust off this cool-looking pulp hero from comic limbo, and IDW found the pretty much perfect way to do it: by taking your favorite writers and your favorite artists and letting them build upon the Rocketeer's legacy in ways no one has seen done before. Mike Allred on Rocketeer? Mark Waid on Rocketeer? Dave Gibbons on Rocketeer? Alex Ross on covers? That's a cause worth signing up for!

Will I like this book? The Rocketeer is steeped in 1940s imagery and sensibilities, so if you're into period pieces with steampunk trappings, you will find a lot to love about Rocketeer Adventures. Heck, if you find joy in reading stories about a man strapped to a rocket-pack punching Nazis in the face, this series is right up your alley.

Where do I start? Since Rocketeer Adventures are self-contained anthologies, you can pick up any issue of this 4-issue miniseries and jump into the action at once. IDW just put out its last issue recently, with rumors of an ongoing floating through the interwebs. If you can wait, the hardcover collecting all four issues will come out on November, or you can scour the back issue bins to hunt for the singles. With a hero this cool combined with talent this good, the hunt is worth it.

Bottom line, if you want to read up on some fun, high-flying adventures starring the Rocketeer, or just want some good ol' fashioned comic book fun, you should be reading  Rocketeer Adventures!


Written or Contributed by: TheGeek
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