Where the first collection (read our review of that here) of four all new Rocketeer stories only had the small downside of lack of chronology the sequel The Rocketeer Adventures 2 sadly does not live up to expectations. There are a few beautifully drawn and a few strong stories in there, but overall it lacks the beauty and storytelling of the first release.
The lack of chronology has become downright annoying here, as now you have short stories that are jumbled over two volumes time wise, which is just bothersome. And in some cases the art is just so subpar that the story can’t even make up for it, if it was worth-while to begin with.
All in all it really feels like they didn’t even try to make it as good as the first volume, and that lack of effort really shows in part two. Frankly it’s only good for Rocketeer collecting value, because a great comic book collection it is sadly not. It’s just more of the same: Cliff and Betty‘s lives and adventures with the familiar cast of friends and the people they encounter whilst going about their business and a variety of, mostly predictable, villains. And you could argue that the Rocketeer is always about these things, which is true, but when it’s done well it’s awesome. When it’s done like this you get mediocre comics at best, and if it weren’t for the few great stories in this edition, the second part of the Rocketeer Adventures series would have been pretty rubbish.
I really hope that part 3: The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom will be better! Despite of me not liking the second compilation, I am still looking forward to that, because I do love The Rocketeer and I really hope that in Cargo of Doom they will do him justice again.