Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times Squared (graphic novel) - Paul's Review

*I received this book as an eARC from Diamond Book Distributors and Image Comics on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times Squared
Author:  Brandon Montclare
Illustrator:  Amy Reeder
Year Published: 2014

Synopsis: 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 2014 — shouldn’t exist at all!


Review: Time travel stories always interest me, but I'm always critical of them. What method of time travel theory will they use? Will their actions in the past effect the future or will their actions have already happened and they just didn't realize they were the butterfly? In this first volume of Rocket Girl, it is unclear how the time travel will pan out. The reader's pre-existing thoughts on time travel add to the mystery of the story. 

Dayoung comes from a futuristic 2013 that is quite different from our own present. She finds herself in 1986 with all things 80's. I enjoyed the pop culture references, but may not have got them all considering I only experienced a little over a year in the 80's myself and I wasn't exactly observant then. 

There are many different time periods the story takes the reader: the 2013 past, the 2013 present, and the 1986 present. The teenage police unit is a cool concept. 

The artwork is done nicely with futuristic technology contrasting the 80's colors. There are some pages that feature art of both time periods side-by-side. 

This volume alone isn't a completed story. It's just the start of Rocket Girl's adventures in the 80's. I am interested how the time travel concepts will be dealt with. What is the technology that created the futuristic 2013 and where (or when) did it come from? I give this first volume a 3/5


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