The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #1

The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Chris Samnee Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: August 22, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19
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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!

  • 10
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Aug 21, 2012

    Between the writing Mark brings, and the combination of Chris and Jordie on the art, this comic is a great place to pick up for new readers, and great for fans of this character. It is a brilliant comic to pick up and is a very fun read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - cgscreamer Nov 5, 2012

    First issues can be very formulaic and predictable, introducing the characters and the bad guys and setting up for what will pretty much happen in the whole series. Waid breaks away from this a little but still uses that equation as his backbone but provides character moments geared more towards fans of Stevens' series but without confusing new readers. This series looks set to be a treat and I can't wait to see what this team do together. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Aug 28, 2012

    This is a great comic. It does everything a first issue should do and the art is superb. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 27, 2012

    So far, it's off to a great start! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Galactica - Girish Kumar Aug 24, 2012

    Can't wait for the next one! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 21, 2012

    Small turbulence aside, The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom is a spectacular, human introduction for what I hope will be a stellar storyline. Cliff Secord is not a character that people know as instinctively as, say, Peter Parker or Bruce Wayne, but Chris Samnee gives his so much vitality with every movement, that you feel like you've known him for years. Now that's the kind of hero you can get behind. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Aug 22, 2012

    If you are looking for a fun superhero book outside of the sometimes humdrum worlds of the Big Two, then look no further. Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom has it all. Waid and Samnee area a comic book dream team and they deliver one best looking, best written comics on recent memory. Buy the Rocketeer, guys. Do it for yourself; you've earned it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Aug 27, 2012

    There is a certain authenticity to his work that makes you feel you are reading a comic from the 1940's. Bellaire's color treatment is the exclamation mark on one hell of a first issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Aug 23, 2012

    Mark Waid is finding a mini-rebirth in comics as a purveyor of fresh, crisp takes on characters. Though The Rocketeer wasn't mired in continuity issues and didn't need “rebooting”, Waid's approach works so well that one wishes this were an ongoing book. In truth, this feels like it would be an even better opener if the series were more than four issues. Perhaps then the lack of a compelling villain would be less troubling. Still, if you like the idea of throwback heroes that give dashing smiles as they dart into action and don't mind the heavy play towards a love-triangle, then I can't imagine you not getting caught up in this book. The bits with our hero, both costumed and not, are as pure as comic books get. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Aug 22, 2012

    Fun pre-WWII adventure of the highest caliber since Indiana Jones last appeared in comics, The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom looks to be a hit for IDW Publishing and a treat for fans of both The Rocketeer and this type of stylized action and adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 22, 2012

    I was happy when it was first announced that Waid and Samnee were taking on Rocketeer and of course they are a great fit here. This is a series new and old fans of Rocketeer can jump into. The familiar characters are here and new readers will soon learn who is who and how they all relate. Waid writes them and the time period in a fitting way for the world and time period Dave Stevens created. Chris Samnee captures the period and action as well and you'll hunger for more. There is a mystery brewing but sadly as you get pulled into the story, the issue comes to an end. You'll find yourself wanting more after reading this issue. That's good and bad. The hard part now is having to wait 30 days until the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Aug 22, 2012

    This was a fun story, but even then it’s not without its faults. The opening is a bit awkward since we’re thrust into the air and left to figure out our characters until after the plane lands, but their interaction is so great that the two balance each other out. The art tries really hard to capture the feel of the series that people are familiar with, but doesn’t quite make it to the finish line. All in all though this was a very good book that has me looking forward to the next issue; if you’re a Rocketeer fan or ever wanted to check the character out, this is your golden opportunity. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Aug 22, 2012

    "The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom" #1 is the perfect melange of fun, excitement and drama to make any age or gender comic fan smile and sink into every page. There is a deep mystery coming for our main character, but there are also two women in his life that will require just as much attention. Balancing these storylines is going to be key in this miniseries moving forward with ease. With Waid and Samnee at the helm, this is a very strong outing for "The Rocketeer." Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Edward Aug 24, 2012

    Yet despite its faults, Cargo of Doom #1 feels like a good example of Rocketeer at its best. It captures the time and setting, as well as getting to grips with the heart of the title's appeal. The next issue will certainly look promising at least. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geekality - Dennis Dudley Aug 24, 2012

    It was good to see Sally become one ofthe main characters in this issue because she (again in my opinion) brought a little more spunktoward the story and I felt that she was a great addition to the Rocketeer roster in general. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Aug 21, 2012

    The art by Chris Samnee does a good job during the action scenes but it is stylistically very different from the Dave Stevens art that I remember from the eighties. His Betty in particular does not have the raw sex appeal of the original series and that is something that is of particular importance for fans of the series. The opening splash page featuring a pin-up of Betty by Stevens does not help as it makes sure that the classic art is fresh in the readers mind when the story starts. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 3, 2012

    Waid offers a fun, pulpy story, but his script seems to refer to one of the characters' past encounter with the title hero. As someone who's not at all well versed in Rocketeer continuity, I felt a little out of the loop and worried later issues might be somewhat inaccessible as well. Then again, maybe scripts for subsequent issues will incorporate the exposition I need to follow along. Furthermore, I found Betty's over-the-top annoyance with Cliff and her jealousy to be grating. Still, Sally's plucky character is entertaining and charming, and Cliff's down-on-his-luck, hothead qualities are appealing as well. To be honest, I was surprised to find I was a bit underwhelmed by the story, but I freely admit it could be my own personal lack of a connection with the property that interfered with my ability to appreciate the storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Aug 27, 2012

    If you're a Rocketeer fan, you'll probably dig this comic far more than I did. Otherwise, you might be better served looking elsewhere for your comic book adventures. Waid and Samnee do a fine job, but considering their past work and comic book credentials, I feel like this issue could have been a lot better. As it stands, it's a decent begging to the story, but it doesn't distinguish itself from all the other similar books that are also on stands. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate May 10, 2013

    Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #1 is one of those comics that are probably better as trade paperbacks rather than standalone issues. As I said, I love the era of the setting. Its reflected in the clothing of the characters and the way in which they interact. But as an introduction to a bigger story, Im not sold. If I give the series another shot, its going to be in trade paperback form. Read Full Review

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