The creative team behind Image Comics Rocket Girl of Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare will team with newcomer artist Natacha Bustos for a new series titled Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur based on the Jack Kirby concept. More details at Entertainment Weekly.
Rocket Girl #4 by Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder
After a short lull between issues, this Image series returns to stores this week. The first few installments of this title have (if you will pardon the pun) flown under the radar, which is a shame. Montclare and Reeder are crafting a fun storyline.
The premise is pretty straight-forward. DaYoung is a cop in the year 2013. For her, 2013 is a time full of advanced technology, much of it related to the mighty Quintum Mechanics Corporation. Patrolling the streets is a police force made up of teenagers. Everything seems to running fine, only Office DaYoung is convinced that this is not the world as it was meant to be. So, she sneaks into Quintum’s labs and is able to send herself back in time to 1986. She hopes that by cutting down Quintum in its infancy she can right her world. DaYoung is an immediately engaging character. Plucky, resourceful, she is determined to pursue her mission, while a tad careless of any consideration for the circumstances of another era.
Last issue concluded with the surprise appearance of two Quintum Enforcers from the future, aiming to rein in DaYoung; the focus of this issue is on the ensuing chase. Propelled by the rocket which gives the series its name, DaYoung tries her best to evade the Enforcers as they speed along on their futuristic hovercrafts. This sequence starts high in the air, before descending to the subway tunnels below Manhattan. Even with the occasional cut away scene, the creators keep the momentum flowing, as DaYoung dodges and finesses her way out of several tight spots. There is a genuine thrill to these pages, especially when she launches herself above ground once again. In these last two pages, as throughout, Montclare and Reeder make good use of their New York setting.
I have always enjoyed Reeder’s art, and this issue is no exception. She renders the action both clearly and dynamically. In the subway tunnels, she balances the excitement of the action with the (mostly) astonished reactions of commuters.
All in all, an enjoyable, exciting issue. I am looking forward to see where the creators send their heroine next.