COMIC REVIEW: Rocket Girl #2

rocket_girl_cover_2Rocket Girl is shaping out to be a slice of cheesy 80’s sci-fi full of the most AMAZING hairstyles. We are loving this series

“BODIES IN MOTION TEND TO STAY IN MOTION…”

Teen future-cop DaYoung Johansson hits 1980s NYC like a meteor. People can’t get enough of the Rocket Girl: she’s fighting crime, saving citizens, and causing a sensation. But she’s also trying to right a wrong in a mystery so deep it could change the future forever. There’s a lot more going on here than anyone knows about — and it might be more than the 15-year-old super detective can handle.

The look of this comic is absolutely gorgeous, Amy Reeder’s artwork just makes the whole book so joyful and young and Brandon Montclare writes really vibrant and fun characters. There’s a lot of humour in this issue, and seamless transitions between past and present that he pulls off well.

DaYoung is the strongest and most self assured teenager we’ve read in a long time. She has her mission and she’s going to see it through to the end, but she’s also likeable and still displays a vulnerability that’s reminiscent of all teenagers. She is still discovering who she is, she desperately wants to do the right thing and save everyone. It’ll be interesting to explore some of her motivations and her past in future issues.

DaYoung’s 80’s companions the scientists Ryder and Annie are so 80’s it hurts, all Grace Jones and Siouxie Sioux hair, bright colours and boobs. There isn’t much to them both yet, though Annie seems just as driven as DaYoung, determined to salvage her PHD by rebuilding the machine DaYoung needs to destroy.

The contrast between the 80’s and the alternate 2013 settings is really striking. The 80’s is a busy mish-mash of naff neon lights and people, while the future is all clean lines and glass. We like the fact that the 80’s looks like a hot mess, while the future is a more classy affair. The flying cars are a nice touch.

The plot doesn’t advance too much in this issue, it’s more about showing what a selfless, if single minded hero DaYoung is. She throws herself into dangerous situations to help people without any kind of hesitation, even when she’s scared or doubtful. She is a very admirable character, if a little naive.

We also meet some new characters in this issue and delve a little more into the circumstances that lead to DaYoung time travelling back in time to stop the creation of a machine responsible for her current timeline. It isn’t anything particularly ground breaking yet, but the series is off to a strong start, headed by a likeable heroine.

We enjoyed the fact this book has some great female characters teenagers and kiddies can look up to. Two female scientists and a kick ass superhero space cop from the future is something we would have lapped up as a young girl.

You can get it in comic shops or on comiXology for £1.99 and it’s worth every penny just for Annie’s shocking pink hair alone.

Title: Rocket Girl #2

Publisher: Image Comics

Rating: 4/5

Reviewer: Sara Westrop

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