The Rocketeer is one of those old-fashioned, flag-waving properties that's hard not to like, with an irresistible charm and nostalgic flair.
This dynamic superhero character was created by writer/artist Dave Stevens as a tribute to those classic Golden Age Saturday matinee serials and first flew in the pages of Pacific Comics in 1982. Its handsome avenger was Cliff Secord, a daring stunt pilot and thrill-seeking barnstormer-turned-crimefighter who finds a futuristic jetpack that allows him to streak into the blue skies of 1938 Los Angeles and New York.
Movie fans will instantly recognize the title as an outstanding 1991 feature film directed by Joe Johnston (Jumanji, Captain America: The First Avenger) and starring Bill Campbell, Alan Arkin, and Jennifer Connelly.
Now IDW is resurrecting the sleek speeding hero: On Wednesday, the publisher announced the arrival of Rocketeer Reborn, a fresh, five-issue miniseries that delivers the world's first female rocketeer. It's set to debut this December. Written by Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet (Star Wars Adventures, The Infinite Loop) and paired with artist Javier Pulido (Human Target, Hawkeye), the series is the San Diego-based publisher's big bid to reintroduce this bold crusader for the 21st century.
The storyline finds 80 years have passed since Cliff Secord first discovered an experimental jetpack and blasted through the cloudless skies as a high-flying symbol of American justice. Decades later, The Rocketeer is all but forgotten, the product of an old-fashioned, long-lost era. When Cliff’s jetpack is suddenly found by an unlikely citizen, it’s a race against those with evil intent to grab hold, strap on, and take off for a pulp-inspired adventure spotlighting a female Rocketeer.
“It's an immense honor for us to contribute to Dave Steven's legacy, and a big responsibility as well — making sure we stay true to the spirit of the character for both old and new fans alike," Charretier and Colinet tell SYFY WIRE in an exclusive statement. "We hope people will find a fresh, pulp-noir, modern Rocketeer, as Javier Pulido's wonderfully unique style and inventive storytelling bring this new adventure to life.”
IDW’s Rocketeer Reborn #1 streaks into comic shops on Dec. 26 with a main cover by Javier Pulido and variant covers by Charretier showcasing the traditional Rocketeer and Betty.