Rocket Girl #4 (Comics Review)
For some reason, Image’s Rocket Girl has seen some significant delays between the third and fourth issues, with the former having come out in December and the latter this past week. Not really sure why that is, but I can definitely say that it is a series that I have missed. Dayoung is an amazing protagonist, with lots of attitude and a fantastic outlook on life. With her, the story is pretty damn good fun and she is certainly one of the star attractions, which is as it should be.
In the previous issues, we’ve seen the rumblings of some major conspiracy going on at Quintum Mechanics in 2013, which has led to Dayoung going back in time to 1986 to prevent it all. Somehow. And now we are finally seeing her supporting cast get some more screen-time, particularly Commissioner Gomez and Officer Leshawn, and even the scientists from back in ’86. The overall plot doesn’t progress so much in the new issue, but we get some great character drama nonetheless and some really great non-stop action, which all rocked together. And Amy Reeder’s art was better than ever.
When I started on this series last year, I had no idea that it would be so much fun. Fun with the characters, fun with the action, fun with the artwork. Honestly, this series has come out of nowhere to surprise the hell out of me, and I love it for that.
In the new issue, I did have some concerns that the mysteries and twists introduced in the final pages of the previous issue were not given any screentime, but at the same time Brandon Montclare made this entire issue about a high-speed chase through the Big Apple. Which was awesome. You have cops and you have New York, how could it be any other way? High-speed chase through the Big Apple’s skyline? High-speed chase through the subway? The way that Montclare writes those scenes, and the way that Amy Reeder draws them, it is as if the series was made for this extended scene, which is the heart of the issue, the big set-piece moment.
And I’m perfectly fine with that, I honestly am.
Dayoung is pretty awesome here, with lots of action scenes that along with her internal monologue build on her character and flesh out some of the things that I’d been looking forward to seeing. But that’s not all though, not by a long shot. In the previous issue we saw how Commissioner Gomez, Dayoung’s boss, was beginning to turn into quite a badass character in his own right. He isn’t like your typical police commissioner from cop movies/shows, but he’s someone who can kick it out in the field when needed. He kind of reminds me of the police commissioner from I, Robot, when the robots attacked the precinct and he went out at them with a shotgun. And the same goes for Officer Leshawn too, Dayoung’s partner. He was in a bit of a bad place previously, but now he is better, and he gives voice to some of the doubts and else that I had as a reader about the world that Montclare and Reeder have been building up. He is self-aware, and he questions the why of things, which is great to see in a side character.
But, the mysteries at the heart of the entire story still remain and I’m really itching to see what they all mean. Dayoung asks herself the very same question about midway through the issue, acting as a reader surrogate, just as Leshawn did. Great touches there to the story!
And as for the art, Amy Reeder is back with a vengeance. Amazingly detailed pencils on every page are combined with eye-popping colourful artwork. She really makes the streets of New York and the subway tunnels stand out. They make an impression on the reader, which is what any art can really ask for and which Amy Reeder delivers on quite handsomely. Plus, her characters were overall drawn very well, including their expressions, which is something I always look for in artwork. Whenever the situation calls for it, Amy draws the appropriate expressions.
This issue might have been late, but I’ll say that the story and the art make up for it. I can only hope that these two creators continue on like this.
Posted on March 24, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Comics, Comics Review, Contemporary, Cops, Crime, Image Comics, Near Future, New York, Police Drama, Review, Review Central, Rocket Girl, Science Fiction, Teen Cops, Thriller, Time Travel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.