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Rocket Salvage 1 (December 2014)

Burt Lancaster stars in CONVERSATION PIECE, directed by Luchino Visconti for Gaumont.

Rocket Salvage #1Rocket Salvage has a lot of information and nothing going on. The story, from Yehudi Mercado, is a future world out of the The Phantom Menace and a handful of other really popular movies or TV shows. Nothing original there.

The hook–as far as the series concept goes, not as far as it being actually engaging–is a family of futuristic trash collectors. Dad’s a failed racer, Sis is super smart, Bro doesn’t have any luck with the ladies. And where’s Mom? Well, it’s a mystery.

Rocket Salvage isn’t a pilot for a Disney show, it’s a pilot for an “adult” cartoon. Just not a funny one. Bachan’s art is detailed without being interesting. His design for the comic is precise, full of animated personality and nothing exciting.

Mercado is obviously enthusiastic about Rocket Salvage. He just doesn’t seem to realize he’s got to make others enthusiastic for it.


Writer, Yehudi Mercado; artist, Bachan; colorist, Jeremy Lawson; letterer, Deron Bennett; editors, Alex Galer and Rebecca Taylor; publisher, Archaia.

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