Teenage cops help stop a time crisis? It sounds like a 1980’s film, but it is the plot of Rocket Girl Volume #1, collecting issues #1-5 of the same name. Smart and feisty, teenage time cop Dayoung Johansson goes back to the year 1986 to stop the company Quantum Mechanics before they invent technology that can have an impact on her world in 2014. However, parts of 2014 may not be meant to exist. Dayoung may find herself trapped in an age where rocket packs and teenage cops are not quite welcome.
Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare tell a story straight out of the age of Robocop. Complete with tracking drones and meeting up with past selves, Rocket Girl Volume #1 has the feel of nostalgia while being something all its own. Montclare is able to attract both a teenage audience who know the feeling of not blending in and the older audience who were fed on a steady diet of justice-themed Science Fiction. Dayoung Johansson bridges the gap as well, being both a teenager and more mature than many of the adult scientists she encounters in 1986. Amy Reeder’s art work is stunning, and I found myself stopping several times just to look at the world she had visually created. The art is worth viewing, even if you skip over the story, but I recommend treating yourself to the double whammy of creativity..
Rocket Girl Volume #1 may hearken back to a day where comic titles were more straight-forward, but the book is hardly simple. Monclare and Reeder are a wonderful team and I hope to see much more from them in the future.
Rocket Girl Volume #1)is available July 22, 2014 from Image Comics.