COMIC REVIEW: Rocket Girl #1

rocketgirl01-cover-75015 Rocket Girl #1 blasts off to a strong start, with gorgeous artwork and a futuristic teen heroine everyone can root for.

 

 

 

 

A teenage cop from a high-tech future is sent back in time to 1986 New York City.  Dayoung Johansson is investigating the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for crimes against time.  As she pieces together the clues, she discovers the “future” she calls home – an alternate reality version of 2013 – shouldn’t exist at all!

Teenage cops? An alternate 2013 with jetpacks? That premise grabbed our attention straight away. The page where the caption box read ‘2013’ with a background consisting of flying cars and metallic buildings, made us just a little bit excited.

And who as a teen didn’t daydream about being a super space-cop from the future with lasers and fancy spacesuits…just us?

Rocket Girl is an absolutely joyous book, the art by Amy Reeder (Madame Xanadu) is stunning. The protagonist Dayoung is drawn with such vibrancy that her enthusiasm becomes infectious. When she gives a baddie a good kicking, we cheered out loud.

The 80s segment of the story has some cracking hairstyles and questionable clothing ensembles. The colour hue is all blues, deep reds and shocking pinks, which complements both time settings well. The backgrounds are really rich and detailed, with a great contrast between futuristic and 80s set New York. The characters are easily distinguishable and emotive (something quite a few monthly comics lack).

It’s great to see a young lead in a book with such strong morals and utter fearlessness. The phrase does get thrown around a lot, but Dayoung looks shaped out to be a great role model for young teens. She’s brave, clever and headstrong. Brandon Montclare has written a really endearing character, the story is full of humour and he manages to make Dayoung a really multifaceted character. Good guys can seem very one-dimensional at times, but not this one! We can’t wait to see how the cop from the future settles into the 80s.

Pick this up if you like your sci-fi littered with cool gadgets, a bit of a mystery and a kick ass lead.

Publisher: Image Comics

 

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Sara Westrop

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