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.