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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Sheep Comic Review: Rocket Girl #1

Rocket Girl #1
Story By: Brandon Montclare
Art By: Amy Reeder

Price: $3.50
Diamond ID: AUG130571
Published: October 9, 2013
Image Comics
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!

Blast off with the new ongoing series by BRANDON MONTCLARE (Halloween Eve) and Eisner Award nominee AMY REEDER (Batwoman, Madame Xanadu).- See more at:
If you're one of those people who has been asking, "Where's my jetpack?", the answer is: the future has it.

Rocket Girl is such a zany premise, it is either obscenely cool or doomed to failure. Judging by this first issue, it looks like cool wins out.

Dayoung Johansson is fifteen-years-old. She's also a cop from the future--well, the present, since she's from an alternate version of 2013 that has flying cars, robots, and a police force seemingly comprised entirely of teenagers. She is convinced Quintum Mechanics is manipulating the timeline to their benefit, but her chief isn't convinced, so she has to travel back to 1986 to stop an experiment that will drastically alter time. No kidding.

The comic book feels like a long lost anime film (I'd say manga, but it doesn't strictly have a manga style). A teen girl jetpacking it through a mid-80s New York City stopping crime? Yeah, it's pretty bonkers, but each page is such a delight to look at and read. The characters are as vibrant as the color scheme, with sleak futurism clashing against classic Big Apple grime.

My only complaints come from the fact that the world building of Dayoung's 2013 is more visual than anything else, as I'm still scratching my head over the reasoning behind a teen police force. And a group of allies she falls in with towards the end of the issue literally come out of nowhere. I'm hoping the second issue provides a clearer picture of this universe, but at least this inaugural issue has me hooked.

4 Sheep

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