Rocket Girl #1

Rocket Girl #1

Writer: Brandon Montclare Artist: Amy Reeder Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 9, 2013 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 3
7.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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A teenage cop from a high-tech future is sent back in time to 1986 New York City.  Dayoung Johansson is investigating the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for crimes against time.  As she pieces together the clues, she discovers the "future" she calls home - an alternate reality version of 2013 - shouldn't exist at all!

Blast off with the new ongoing series by BRANDON MONTCLARE (Halloween Eve) and Eisner Award nominee AMY REEDER (Batwoman, Madame Xanadu).

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Max Delgado Oct 8, 2013

    Rocket Girl #1 is a very strong premier issue, with a hardly thing to complain about. This might be the start of something beautiful. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdophiles - Ashley Leckwold Sep 22, 2014

    Smart, vibrant, diverse and just plain fun, Rocket Girl is a great example of the kind of comics coming out of Image right now. The second arc starts in October and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Oct 15, 2013

    Brandon Montclare pulls references and dialogue in to help weave a world that is familiar, yet completely new to us. With one issue, the storyline appears to recognize the cost/benefit of the corporate “take-over” of tourist spots, such as Times Square. However, with DaYoung's conspiracy hunting expedition to the past, a larger story seems to looming ahead in future issues, making you curious for what lies ahead. With this creative duo taking this story into an ongoing book, the potential for a different type of comic taking center stage in the “space crazy” that has been popping up this year holds promise for readers who invest. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Oct 15, 2013

    Bright, upbeat, and full of life, the debut issue of Rocket Girl snatches you up in its blazing trail, leaving you almost no time to notice that it's still in the theoretical stages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jul 21, 2014

    Rocket Girl #1 is an extremely enjoyable start to the series with its stunningly detailed artwork and beautifully organized chaos capturing 1986 NYC and how things would unfold with a teenage cop believing she knows it all being sent back from the future. The story starts off with an explosion and is full-speed ahead from that point on while setting up an intriguing mystery regarding the nature of her mission, who sent her, and what she has to do to succeed. And after this issue I'm all in to seeing where this time-traveling journey takes Dayoung. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Oct 14, 2013

    With its verve, underplayed humor and electric visuals, "Rocket Girl" #1 is one of the strongest debuts of the 2013. Here's hoping that future issues have the same light-handed execution and effervescent atmosphere. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Oct 15, 2013

    The comic that started as a Kickstarter project looks polished, cool, and fun. There's something about the attractive and slick visuals that makes Rocket Girl a success waiting to happen. Rocket Girl looks like a passion project with invested creators who are willing to take a huge share of the work. Reeder pencils, colors, and letters the book. As serious as some time travel stories are — Rocket Girl looks like it's playing the field with humor, a bit of mystery, and some straightforward adventure. It's a blend that has great potential, and it's worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Oct 8, 2013

    ROCKET GIRL #1 is a fun debut, filled with some good scripting and some wicked good art. As a first issue, it successfully sets up the series, and is only let down slightly by some underdeveloped side characters–but this is only the first issue, right? But so far, this is yet another fun read in a long string of great books being published by Image, so what are you waiting for? In our 2013, you should check out ROCKET GIRL. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Oct 15, 2013

    Comics are supposed to be fun, and first issues are supposed to give you enough info so you feel like you know what's going on, but also holds back so you come back for more. This issue does that, and does it well. Strap on your own rocket, for what seems like a fun ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Adam Kelly Oct 9, 2013

    Although there were some questions that I thought would be important to the first issue unanswered, I'm definitely interested to see what happens next month. Any fans of sci-fi, adventure, and action should definitely check this one out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Oct 9, 2013

    The artwork is by Amy Reeder and looks great here. All the characters look very different and have great expressions, the action is solid when it is there, the scenery is beautiful, and the color and inking is fantastic. It really makes the comic standout a lot and helps with keeping your attention on the story. Certainly one of the brighter and livelier stories Image is putting out these days. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Oct 16, 2013

    Rocket Girl #1 is a really fun piece of comics. It's a semi-lighthearted action-adventure time travel piece with a female, teenaged protagonist, but despite how complex and perhaps even awkward that description may sound here, everything seems to fit in the book itself. Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder past collaborations and familiarity with one another is abundantly clear, as they've produced an opening issue that aims to please, hits the mark on all counts, and promises more to come. Simply put, it works and you should give it a chance if you haven't already. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Oct 9, 2013

    This was a great first issue because it read smoothly, flowed well, and gave us enough plot and set-up to get into the story without overloading the reader with information. The story is fun and engaging and the art is gorgeous and just plain fun to look at. After one issue there are so many places this story can go and it will be fun to see how Rocket Girl evolves over time. I would suggest most people check out Rocket Girl; it's too early to judge this series but it's off to a great start so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Oct 9, 2013

    Time-travel, rockets, and criminal intrigue make for a great high concept, and so far, ROCKET GIRL is poised to be a unique and entertaining series. Eighties nostalgia and future tech combine quite well as the backdrop for an adventure story, and DaYoung's arc is off to a very interesting start. I'll be keeping up with this series for Reeder's art and to find out exactly what happens when time gets altered in this universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Statues And Superheroes - Steven Viscido Oct 9, 2013

    Overall, my impression of this comic is mildly positive. It is a decent opening, but nowhere near as compelling as other recent first-issue starts like Astro City or Lazarus. I'll probably try another issue or two of it and see how things go. But if it doesn't get somewhat better, it probably won't make the pull list cut -- especially since at this point I would have to drop something I currently collect in its favor. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris Oct 14, 2013

    A good read, hopefully made better in future issues with a more cohesive narrative. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Oct 14, 2013

    I'll be back for issue two, but I hope they get back to the main storyline and Rocket Girl's true motivations. This could be a great book, but for that to happen the story has a way to go to match the art. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Culture Mass - Stephen Wilds Oct 14, 2013

    Take a trip to 1986 with a spunky teen cop who is sent back in time to stop a mega corporation in a wild but fun story with beautiful art. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Oct 21, 2013

    Rocket Girl #1 is a solid debut issue. It will take a few issues for Montclare and Reeder to unfold their plans and reveal more of the central danger behind Quintum. And though that plot element is very important, I also hope that they also take the time to show more about the characters involved in this story, especially the Quintum scientists but also Johansson, too. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Geeked Out Nation - joshw0071 Oct 9, 2013

    Reading this issue, I did not know what to expect. Looking at the cover, it seemed like a future superhero teenage girlbook. This is a good book to pick up, but I do have some problems with it.Like some things just doesnot make any sense. For example, We have a scene in which Dayoungflies into a crime scenein 1986. She asks for a report and what happensis that the police officers do give her a report and catch the guy who did the crime. To me, it made no sense. It would make more sense if it was behind theyellow line and she catches the guy behind the police officer' back. The art of this book was okay. At certain points the art d llook a little bit too Anime for me. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Keith Silva Oct 15, 2013

    I have a lot of respect for Montclare. I backed his previous effort with Reeder, Halloween Eve, when it was a Kickstarter and did likewise when the duo first launched Rocket Girl in the same fashion. I will continue to support their efforts because the work holds major potential. If Montclare muscles up to the heights Reeder consistently achieves than Rocket Girl will fly. And so: Godspeed, Rocket Girl. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 10, 2013

    But if nothing else, Reeder's artwork is a major selling point. After all, she was the first artist tapped to follow up J.H. Williams on Batwoman, so she clearly understands how to deliver dazzling page layouts and striking character design. This issue has a very vibrant, playful feel, bolstered by the rich colors and expressive facial work. The art alone may be reason enough to stick with the series for a while and see if the pacing and storytelling issues are smoothed over. Read Full Review

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