Rocket Girl vol. 1

Cover for Vol. 1: Times Squared
Cover for Vol. 1: Times Squared

Rocket Girl is a comic that is seriously underrated and bound to be one of the great ones. It is still in its infancy and it leaves its readers hungry for more. Volume 1, Times Squared, collects issues 1-5 and it is one impressive and promising start. I don’t think I have ever smiled so much while reading. Anyway, more to the point:

Art & Frames: It’s Amy; she is awesome. The art is detailed and dynamic. The frames are fluid and complex, but not too complex. The insets are funny and ironic.

Story & Characters: Quick paced and a fun ride through time. The main character is Dayoung Johansson, top detective of the New York Teen Police Department, and she is on a quest to save her world. A future world in 2013 (The Past). And to do it, she has to do so by traveling in time to 1986 (The Present) and fix some things. She has to do so without her partner, detective Leshawn O’Patrick. Telling him “You’ll only slow me down,” before she leaves. She seriously says this, like a world-weary cowboy. The dialogue is cheesy a lot like this, but also slicker than Clint Eastwood’s squint. The irony of having a department of teen detectives is very intriguing. The time travel element and flashbacks require some attention to follow, but hey it’s not rocket science! I know, I know…lame…But honestly if I wanted to read comics with below elementary plots, there are plenty of other choices.

The good news is, if you didn’t happen to catch this one in Previews, there is still time to catch up and get on track. Rocket Girl #6 comes out November 19th so get pulling.
I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. This review is not for pay and is my opinion alone.

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