From publisher IDW, a star-studded one-shot issue will brings Dave Stevens’ pulp hero The Rocketeer back to comics fans this May.
Action, as you like it
It’s been a while, but The Rocketeer is kind of becoming a ‘thing’ again. Though most modern fans probably know him best from the now-classic 1991 film, the retro-hero was a semi-mainstay in the comics world back in the early 80s, before vanishing.
IDW brought him out of retirement however, and is now about to engage readers with a second book brandishing the title. That’ll happen this May, with a special one-shot that touts a trio of titanic tales. And the very first one actually calls back to the previously mentioned movie.
That headlining story for the book will bring a formerly unpublished Rocketeer story to readers. How’s it link to the film? Though it doesn’t follow the timeline, it is from co-writers Danny Bilson and the late Paul De Meo. The story of it coming to comics also involves the movie’s executive-producer Robert Windom, as well as filmmaker Kelvin Mao.
Together with artist Adam Hughes, the story will see the title hero teaming with none other than Amelia Earhart. But again, that’s the first of 3 stories, each one of which will also star some great comics talent.
The Rocketeer one-shot includes the aforementioned eight-page story by Bilson, De Meo, and Hughes; a 12-page story of Cliff Secord’s date night with Betty leading to trouble with a vaguely familiar adventurer/archeologist, written by Mao, drawn by Craig Cermak (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), and colored by award-winning Laura Martin; a four-page story of the Rocketeer fighting a Japanese Zero in the South Pacific, written by Robert Windom (Seven Sons), drawn by the fan favorite Jae Lee (Batman/Superman), and colored by June Chung; pinups by Phil Noto (Black Widow) and Maria Laura Sanapo; and more!IDW press release
Look for the above in stores this May.