Rocket Girl

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

Writer: Bran­don Mont­clare Artist: Amy Reeder Pub­lisher: Im­age Comics

One of the great­est things about ’80s science-fic­tion is watch­ing the clunky, retro-flavoured vi­sion of the fu­ture play out, with its jet­packs, fly­ing cars, neon ci­tyscapes and du­bi­ous fash­ion. The creators of Rocket Girl em­brace the di­chotomy of a fu­ture that looks vin­tage, with themes that feel plucked from James Cameron and Paul Verhoeven films.

It’s a killer con­cept: a teenage cop from a high-tech fu­ture is sent back to 1980s New York to in­ves­ti­gate a mega­cor­po­ra­tion for crimes against time. It feels like a sci-fi clas­sic, with notes of The Ter­mi­na­tor’s time travel and Es­cape From New York’s grotty de­pic­tion of city liv­ing. The comic was al­most never made, as writer Bran­don Mont­clare and artist Amy Reeder were stuck in jobs at Marvel and DC. They left to pur­sue their own project and it paid off, with a suc­cess­ful Kick­starter cam­paign and back­ing from Im­age.

There are cur­rently just seven is­sues but it is worth the read, as pro­tag­o­nist Da Young Jo­hans­son strug­gles with com­ing of age while try­ing to take down cor­rupt busi­ness­men and liv­ing in a time with­out laser guns or su­per­pow­ered tech.

The time-trav­el­ling teen po­lice­woman you never knew you needed.

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