Rocket Girl #3 Review

by @thejedster on Jan 2, 2014

DaYoung finds herself in trouble on both dimensions of the law and isn't sure who she can trust in both the past and the present.

The Good

I continue to be wowed by Amy Reeder’s clever angles (e.g., how she shows DaYoung hiding under a desk was pure brilliance) and thrilling action sequences: she knows how to keep you engaged with every panel. You can't help but see a heavy cinematic quality to how Reeder lays out each page in this issue. I also just love how wide a range of emotion we see on DaYoung in this issue, and Reeder really spends extra time giving her more visual depth as a character.

Brandon Montclare’s writing keeps the story moving in a well-paced direction and keeps you guessing what’s going to happen next, though there are a couple issues that I’ll address in the next section. However, this issue starts dealing a lot more with the consequences of altering the past to save the future and you can start to feel the weight of that reality a little bit. To me, DaYoung's haphazard behavior is a kind of reflection of what can happen when you start changing the time/space continuum and I feel like Montclare and Reeder are showcasing that very well.

The Not So Good

Being that this is a book about time travel and alternate dimensions, this issue still left me a bit confused in some spots. The constant jumping between the present (1986) and the past (2013, which is technically the future) in this issue gets a little overwhelming to the point that it may take a few reads to get it. It’s a bit difficult keeping track of what’s happening in the overall story, but it’s to be expected from a story about time travel.

The Bottom Line

It’s only three issues in and already Rocket Girl is gaining so much speed and momentum and it shows no signs of slowing down. The story continues to be intriguing, humorous, exciting and full of all the charm that a story set in the colorful 80's can bring you. This book is worth buying and adding to your pull list.

4.5 / 5
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Rocket Girl #3
Released January 1, 2014
Writer Brandon Montclare
Artist Amy Reeder
Cover Artist Amy Reeder

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