The Rocketeer: The Great Race #1

Writer: Stephen Mooney Artist: Stephen Mooney Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: April 6, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 4
8.5Critic Rating
8.2User Rating


Ace stunt pilot Cliff Secord has returned from his New York Adventure to a West Coast steeped
in paranoia over the looming war in Europe. Having finally had enough of his near-death scrapes as the high-flying Rocketeer, the only thing in Cliff's crosshairs is The Great Race: a prestigious, winner-take-all air race that runs from California to France! Maybe it's finally time to smarten up and fly straight . . . by taking his best girl Betty to Paris! But other parties want to win the race for their own nefarious ends, and Cliff will need to decide whic more

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Darryll Robson Apr 6, 2022

    A solid start to a new series and a perfect tribute for the 40th anniversary of The Rocketeer. Every aspect of the comic gels together to form a magnificent and engaging first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Apr 12, 2022

    Artist and writer Stephen Mooney does a brilliant job of capturing the visual vibe and spirit of the original Dave Stevens stories. The story is brilliantly pulpy as you'd expect and I'm looking forward to the next issue of this when it drops. As have gone to the trouble of pre-ordering all four. Still annoys the crap out of me that I cannot subscribe on Comixology anymore because of Amazon's massive screw-up when it comes to their UK customers. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Apr 6, 2022

    Rocketeer: The Great Race #1 is a fantastic continuation of The Rocketeer's saga. The Rocketeer, as well as his supporting cast, all shine throughout the book, with fun action sequences and the Nazi menace looming in the background. Reading the book was akin to watching one of those great old movie serials from a time long gone. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 6, 2022

    Mooney pulls double duty as writer and artists in this issue and the art is wonderfully vibrant, fun and engaging. The action is thrilling and the characters look fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Apr 5, 2022

    Blast off to the world of yesteryear and experience high adrenaline and two-fisted action with The Rocketeer! What a great return to this hero on his 40th anniversary by putting him in quite the situation to remind us of the hero he is! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Apr 11, 2022

    If I was giving a score just on the cover and art, it would be 5 stars no doubt. I just feel the writing is a slight drop from that very high standard. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Apr 6, 2022

    It's good to see The Rocketeer back on the rack, albeit for a four issue run. With the talents involved in this project, I am sure that the sky is the limit! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Apr 6, 2022

    The Rocketeer: Great Race #1 is born out of love. Celebrating 40 years of the character, Mooney doesnt just create a homage to Dave Stevens incredible character and work There is also a wonderful new story here. It provides a different take on Cliff, putting more emphasis on the man and not the rocket on his back. The art is gorgeous and together with the nostalgic dialogue, this comic has a warmth to it, leaving a smile on the face after reading it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tom Smithyman Apr 5, 2022

    Even if you don't know much about the 1940s-era hero The Rocketeer, this premiere issue should grab your attention. Stephen Mooney assigns himself double duty, writing and drawing this tale of the jetpack-powered hero as he considers whether to enter a race to Europe. Spoiler alert: He does! Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 6, 2022

    While it can never be the Stevens run, this issue gets the tone and the art just right, adding a new wrinkle to the career of Cliff Secord in a way that makes sense. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Christian Hoffer Apr 6, 2022

    This is a perfectly fine Rocketeer comic, but nothing too special. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 18, 2022

    Since it feels like Cliff might be out of costume for some or even most of this four-issue mini-series, we get some early panels of the Rocketeer in action before the larger story kicks off. Next, on to the Great Race. Read Full Review

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