Review: ROCKET GIRL #1

Written by Brandon Montclare
Art by Amy Reeder
Release date October 9, 2013

rocketgirl01_coverLinear and non-linear storytelling collide head on, powered by a rocket, in Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder’s newest collaboration since last year’s Halloween Eve. DaYoung is jet-pack toting, teen cop from 2013, sent back into the 1980s to uncover and stop the corruption she’s hunting down. Of course, time travel always creates it’s own set of problems which have not even completely unfolded in this first issue. For those who followed the book since it’s Kickstarter days, the reason for a teen police division in this alternative 2013 is a little bit more clear. Montclare has said it comes down to the fact that in this reality, teens are trusted to see right and wrong in more clear terms and less likely to be corrupted. While that explanation is not made known in this first issue, it not exactly necessary to enjoy this adventurous storyline.

Amy Reeder brings in the style of Blade Runner and twists it with modern perspective. With expressive, outgoing characterizations that draw you in, from the curls of hair to face and body variations, Reeder shows, once again, why everyone loves her perspective on women. Bold colors are used to highlight supporting cast that will theoretically play pivotal roles in DaYoung’s quest to stop the evil corporation that “saved” her future, while working their own objective in the shadows. The designs of 1986 New York bring back the old feeling of the city before it’s millennial corporate change that made it more tourist friendly.

Brandon Montclare pulls references and dialogue in to help weave a world that is familiar, yet completely new to us. With one issue, the storyline appears to recognize the cost/benefit of the corporate “take-over” of tourist spots, such as Times Square. However, with DaYoung’s conspiracy hunting expedition to the past, a larger story seems to looming ahead in future issues, making you curious for what lies ahead. With this creative duo taking this story into an ongoing book, the potential for a different type of comic taking center stage in the “space crazy” that has been popping up this year holds promise for readers who invest.

Verdict: 9.0/10


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