Friday, August 29, 2014

Comics Friday: Rocket Girl by Brandon Montclare

From Goodreads:
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 2014 - shouldn't exist at all!
Writing
So many choices made by the author that I really appreciated in this one!  I loved the female protagonist, I loved both the 1986 setting and the potential future 2014 setting.  You can tell from the beginning that it's supposed to be fun, and I think it lives up to that expectation.  There are some serious problems faced by the characters, but it has more of a lighthearted take on dystopia than many others.

Entertainment Value
Again, I feel like this is meant to just be a lot of fun - and it definitely follows through on that.  There were a few scenes where I got a bit lost in the jumping back and forth between 1986 (the future) and 2014 (the past).  I feel like I'm uncommonly confused by any kind of time travel, so it may not be the fault of the comic as much as my own difficulty following the trope.

Art
And, as above, I have to go back once again to the fact that this is just fun to look at.  Lots of bright colors, fun 80's styles, and futuristic cityscapes make for a blast as far as the illustrations (do you call them illustrations in a comic?) are concerned.

Overall
I recommend giving this one a try, particularly for those new to comics.  It's a fun take on the superhero story without going into mutations or powers - just a teenage girl from the future with a jet pack who can kick butt.  I'll definitely be following the comics as new issues are released!

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy to review!

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