Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #2

by Tori B. on March 13, 2013

Rocketeer is undoubtedly one of the most aesthetically pleasing comics there is out there right now. The narrative is also wonderfully constructed with great humour and fantastic life lessons on how to be a good person.
Writer: Roger Langridge | Artists: J Bone & Jordie Bellaire
Cover: Walter Simonson & Bellaire | Publisher: IDW
The second issue of Rocketeer vs. Hollywood Horror isn’t as entertaining as its debut issue, but it’s not far behind. Maybe it’s all in the nostalgia of 1939 with the retro language and curvy ladies and everyone in general is just completely classy, but nothing feels as good as reading an issue of Rocketeer.
Amidst all of Cliff Secord’s attempts at saving Hollywood and the people in it, at the heart of it, it’s about romance and the relationship between Cliff and girlfriend Betty. In Betty’s attempts to Cliff to prove that she’s not a helpless dame and that she is in fact very much his equal, she heads into the headquarters of the foe behind all of the evil plotting towards Hollywood—missing scientists and roommates; his fault. Now Betty has been dragged into the heart of it all, Cliff has a lot of other things on his plate, mostly some other bad guys chasing him, but that doesn’t sway him from trying to help out his gal (awwwe).
It’s hard not to be charmed by both Cliff and Betty, they’re both simply trying to be better people and help everyone else in the process. Seriously, great characters. Another character that’s impeccably charming is the narrator who makes up for all the charm that Betty and Cliff don’t cover.  The narrator who’s identity hasn’t been fully revealed yet (though I suspect it will soon enough, maybe) is perhaps even more charming as he has nothing but compliments for our esteemed heroes and his language is just so incredibly engaging it’s hard to put an issue down.
There is nothing but praise for this, from Langridge’s narrative and dialogue to J Bone’s art with Bellaire’s flawless colouring. It’s honestly a perfect ensemble for an impeccable series.
Hollywood Horror so far seems like a good intro adversary into the series as we try and figure out Otto Rune is up to (I mean tentacles, what?)— especially if he thinks he can sway people to his cause by blowing up stuff and playing rocking music (well maybe—but not if the Rocketeer can help it!). But the suspense is out there! Evil is being planned, and Dahlia is making her way back, and detectives are afoot onto it all. Altogether it makes for a simply riveting and fun little adventure.
Seriously. Reading Rocketeer will charm your pants off.  

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