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Disney Reboots Rocketeer With Young African-American Female Pilot

Seemingly taking a page out of Marvel Comics, now Disney is rebooted The Rocketeer movie which will feature a young African–American female pilot.

THR reported on the news offering the description of The Rocketeer reboot:

“The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jetpack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.”

The Rocketeer reboot/sequel wil be written by Max Winkler and Matt Spicer, and is produced by The Jungle Book‘s Brigham Taylor and sports athletes L.A. Clippers Power forward Blake Griffin and Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil.

The Rocketeer first appeared in the pages of Pacific Comics created by Dave Stevens in 1982 with the story set in 1938 when stunt pilot Cliff Secord comes into the possession of an experimental jetpack that allows him to take his fight for justice to the skies.

The first Rocketeer movie was released in 1991 from director Joe Johnston starring Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino and Terry O’Quinn.

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Your Alternative Comics Beat For July 28th, 2013: The Rocketeer/The Spirit

Alt Beat With Kenneth Porter

 

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Mark Waid has been wowing me for years. It’s no secret, I talk about it constantly. He’s one of the reasons that I became a comic book writer and he’s the continued example that comics can be fun without being overly dark or “extreme” as the kids like to call it. This doesn’t mean that his comics don’t have depth. Darkness and depth are often confused when people refer to comic book characters. People want a “darker” Batman on the screen, but don’t realize that what they really want is a true, deep version of the character. Batman is already dark; he doesn’t need to be darker. Almost every comic book character has a gloomy past that pushes them forward, but Waid is always willing to remind us that the depth and the darkness don’t always have to go together.

The bottom line is that Waid knows how to write intriguing comics that are just plain fun.

The Rocketeer/The Spirit from IDW and DC Comics is another example. I’ve enjoyed Waid’s work on previous stories featuring The Rocketeer, but never in my wildest dreams would I get to write about the jetpack avenger’s adventures with The Spirit, another one of my favorite characters, penned by Waid himself. The moment I saw the issue solicited I knew it was going to be featured in the “Alternative Comic Beat.” Is that bias? It probably is. But this is an opinion column, not a review column. And my opinion is that the comic book world, the movie world, and the general world of fiction can benefit from stories like this one.

The plot for this issue pits The Rocketeer and The Spirit against each other and it couldn’t be a better showdown. Both characters are radically different in their genres and origins, but both are willing to throw caution to the wind in the name of justice. The winds of justice, in this case, lead them into a comical brawl that neither can get the upper hand on. Just the idea of two completely different heroes matching each other in determination instead of skill is a concept that I can firmly stand behind.

The artwork by Paul Smith compliments Waid’s writing to the point where I wish every comic were set back in the 30’s or 40’s. I don’t know where my love of pulp fiction comes from. I guess watching science fiction and crime drama as a child just hammered it into my brain. The generation I was born into should have no idea who The Spirit or The Rocketeer are, but the characters outlived their original incarnations and have jumped back onto the page and into my heart. That’s a very cheesy sentence I just wrote, but I’m not deleting it. I’ve always held to the idea that fiction is like a really good pizza. And, without cheese, a pizza just falls apart. You need that little bit of ridiculous to throw at your characters. Waid and Smith understand that.

If you’re looking for a break from the “dark” remakes of characters like Superman in The Man of Steel or most of the bigger superhero stories, this is where you can get some good old fashioned action adventure that makes you want to leap into motion. Whether you’d rather don a domino mask or a jetpack is entirely up to you.

Ken Porter also writes comic books with his latest being “Ink Ribbon” from Visionary Comics. Ken was also the winner of this year’s Top Cow Talent Search contest.

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The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for August 21st, 2012

 

The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

 

( A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER! )

 

I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, be sure to add these five titles to your list of goodies! Forget that “apple a day” nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription to good health starts with these top five books of the week!

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2642:]]1. Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #1( of 4):  There is no better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the coolest pulp heroes ever created than with — Mark Waid and Chris Samnee! Pull on your helmet and strap on your jet-pack, this is going to be one exhilarating ride!

2. Super Crooks #4( of 4):  Mark Millar’s amazing mini, about a group of costumed villains hitting their biggest score, comes to it’s stunning conclusion tomorrow! This one has enough surprises and twists that even M. Night Shyamalan is jealous!

3. Before Watchman: Dr. Manhattan #1( of 4):  J.Michael Straczynski and Adam Hughes create a metaphysical melody of a tale that will leave you pondering just about every moment of your life. This thought provoking story is the closest thing anyone will ever get to the original, Alan Moore, Dr. Manhattan. Well, unless Mr. Moore decides to write about him again. I won’t hold my breath!

4. Justice League Dark #12:  Since Jeff Lemire took over this book, it has been on fire! Vertigo fans can rejoice with the return of Neil Gaiman’s Timothy Hunter and the House of Secrets! But, all is not what it seems and our heroes stand divided against a barrage of ancient baddies that could spell the end of all existence! Brilliant!

5. Fables #120:  This is one of the most well done comics on the shelves each and every month! And the, Cubs In Toyland, storyline has been horrifically tender, jarring and completely disturbing! If you are looking for something that will move you with each page — this is it! 

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