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The NYTPD sent her to 1986 New York City to investigate the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for Crimes Against Time. Piecing together the clues, Dayoung Johansson discovers the "Future" she calls home--a high-tech alternate reality version of 2013--shouldn't exist at all!

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The NYTPD sent her to 1986 New York City to investigate the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for Crimes Against Time. Piecing together the clues, Dayoung Johansson discovers the "Future" she calls home--a high-tech alternate reality version of 2013--shouldn't exist at all!

30 review for Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times Squared

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Rocket Girl is Dayoung Johansson, a 15 year old cop from the future (2013) travelling back in time to 1986 to stop evil corporation Quintum Mechanics from committing crimes against time just as they invent the world’s first time-travel machine. And, yes, she has a rocket pack! It seems like a simple enough plot, right? And then I started thinking about what I’d just read and nothing made sense! Why are all cops kids in the future? Because “you can’t trust a grown-up” apparently, which is ridicul Rocket Girl is Dayoung Johansson, a 15 year old cop from the future (2013) travelling back in time to 1986 to stop evil corporation Quintum Mechanics from committing crimes against time just as they invent the world’s first time-travel machine. And, yes, she has a rocket pack! It seems like a simple enough plot, right? And then I started thinking about what I’d just read and nothing made sense! Why are all cops kids in the future? Because “you can’t trust a grown-up” apparently, which is ridiculous! Kids are idiots! I wouldn’t trust a kid anymore than I’d trust a grown-up but chances are the grown-up has a more thoughtful perspective due to maturity and isn’t as likely to go crazy in a position of power. Remember European history when teenagers were made kings or princes? They all went nuts, completely abusing their power! Or even Cartman as a cop and, you know, Lord of the Flies? I’m a fan of Damian Wayne and most of the Robins so I’ll give them a pass on making Dayoung an impossibly kick-ass kid ninja who just happens to have a rocket pack. But come on, Batman’s a grown-up - you’re telling me no adults could do what Dayoung does where she comes from? What exactly have Quintum Mechanics done to be cast as the Big Bad in the story? A), they’re a corporation, and b) their board members are shadowed so you can’t see their faces. That’s really as shallow as it gets. We never actually see them do anything evil. There’s a hint that they used their time travel knowledge to make it so their corporation made mega bucks but chances are, if you’re able to literally create working time travel machines, you don’t really need to steal money, you can basically print your own currency from then on! And then of course it’s a time travel story with all the bullshit that entails... So what is the comic? It’s Rocket Girl rocketing around 1986 New York fighting punky criminals and making the cops and the public go all moon-eyed at her antics. Meanwhile her bland scientist buddies (one of them has candy floss for hair, that’s about as far as their personalities go) rush about trying unsuccessfully to keep her under wraps. It’s all so pointless, boring and repetitive. Brandon Montclare can’t write for shit. But Amy Reeder’s art… oh my. How beautiful! Every page is stunning. I love Rocket Girl’s design, I love how she draws the pointless chase and fight sequences, I love the vibrant colours, I love the artwork so much. I hate that it’s in service to such a sub-standard script - Reeder’s talented drawing was the only thing that got me through this volume! As fantastic as Reeder’s work is, I don’t think it’s enough to recommend this comic. The script desperately needs to be more focused with certain plot points explained more clearly - you’ve gotta engage the brain as much as the eyes! Rocket Girl is a fun idea and character shoe-horned into the most awkward plot possible. She’s a Rocket Girl - and I think it’s gonna be a long, long time before it gets good!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. A good quick read, the story was good with an interesting perspective from the main character concerning the "past" and "present", something that most people probably don't even consider when it comes to time travel stories. The artwork was solid, and the sketchbook and script were an added bonus. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys time travel puzzles/conundrums.

  3. 5 out of 5

    'kris Pung

    **Super-Woman Buddy Read with the Shallow Readers, criteria being: Any comic featuring a female as the main or title character** In a nutshell the future (2013) is controlled by a faceless evil mega-corp and our heroine is determined to go back in time (1986) to thwart said mega-corp and alter the future. I know what you’re thinking haven’t I read similar plots in comics like a gazillion times, and yes, yes you have. But what makes this book special is the cast and the dialog which is simple amazi **Super-Woman Buddy Read with the Shallow Readers, criteria being: Any comic featuring a female as the main or title character** In a nutshell the future (2013) is controlled by a faceless evil mega-corp and our heroine is determined to go back in time (1986) to thwart said mega-corp and alter the future. I know what you’re thinking haven’t I read similar plots in comics like a gazillion times, and yes, yes you have. But what makes this book special is the cast and the dialog which is simple amazing. I also really liked how the future was depicted and that the whole police force is made up of teens/twenty something’s because once you turn 30 you’re to easily corrupted by the evil mega-corp. Lastly although they hint that the mega-corp is evil they never really do anything bad which I also thought was fun twist. If you like lighthearted fun comics like Chew I think you’ll really dig this book. Get this review and many more at:

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    Meh. This is very flashy looking, but lacking in substance. Dayoung Johansson travels back in time from an alternate version of 2013 to 1986 to investigate the Quintum Mechanics corporation for “crimes against time,” which sounds cool and all, but these “crimes” aren't really specified in detail. Yes, they do send goons to stop Johansson, but, honestly, if I were in charge of a major corporation and knew that someone had traveled back in time to prevent the corporation's existence, I’d probably Meh. This is very flashy looking, but lacking in substance. Dayoung Johansson travels back in time from an alternate version of 2013 to 1986 to investigate the Quintum Mechanics corporation for “crimes against time,” which sounds cool and all, but these “crimes” aren't really specified in detail. Yes, they do send goons to stop Johansson, but, honestly, if I were in charge of a major corporation and knew that someone had traveled back in time to prevent the corporation's existence, I’d probably at least consider doing the same. We're basically expected to hate them because 1) they're a giant corporation, and 2) Johansson and her fellow teenage police officers (don't ask) from alternate 2013 say QM are the bad guys, and, Hey! Look! Explosions! Speed lines! A topless scientist! There's a page at the beginning that jokingly refers to Rocket Girl’s origins in a conversation between Montclare and Reeder. “... We can't just decide to do a comic without any premise. We can't just come up with a cool name … something like … I don't know … Rocket Girl … without there being a story to back it up.” Well, the joke’s on us, dear readers, because that's exactly what they did. There is no story to back this up. The creators just threw a bunch of cliches into a blender, and hit Puree. I have nothing against mindless dreck, but it should at least be more entertaining than this … Not recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Estelle

    Loved it! And to think I wasn't all that interested in checking it at first... Thank you again Nicole for sending this to me. The artwork is absolutey stunning! Vibrant, dynamic and very creative. The action scenes are some of the best I've seen in a long time, and I absolutely loved all the great details (especially in the 80's). As for the story, I might need to reread it because I was a bit lost (or maybe just distracted by the art) with all the time jumps, but still, I found it compelling and Loved it! And to think I wasn't all that interested in checking it at first... Thank you again Nicole for sending this to me. The artwork is absolutey stunning! Vibrant, dynamic and very creative. The action scenes are some of the best I've seen in a long time, and I absolutely loved all the great details (especially in the 80's). As for the story, I might need to reread it because I was a bit lost (or maybe just distracted by the art) with all the time jumps, but still, I found it compelling and it had some very cool and "believable" characters. This is a new favorite for me and I can't wait to read more!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Received to review from Netgalley. Rocket Girl is kinda fun, though I felt like at a certain point, Dayoung's flying around and crashing into things gets a bit boring and you want more substance. I do like that we've got a fifteen year old girl as the protagonist, though, and that she's capable and clever, determined and principled. Overall, though, the supporting cast just didn't do much for me, and while the way the story plays with time is kind of fun, I wanted more from it. I'm not sure where Received to review from Netgalley. Rocket Girl is kinda fun, though I felt like at a certain point, Dayoung's flying around and crashing into things gets a bit boring and you want more substance. I do like that we've got a fifteen year old girl as the protagonist, though, and that she's capable and clever, determined and principled. Overall, though, the supporting cast just didn't do much for me, and while the way the story plays with time is kind of fun, I wanted more from it. I'm not sure where it can go from here, either, given the ending, and... unfortunately, I'm not that interested.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This could have been a great Fringe episode. An alternate 2013 where the police hire teens and give them rockets. Can you imagine some 3-D printer equipped to printing out jet packs. OMG!!!! I WANT A JETPACK!!!!! To serve. To protect. TO FLY THE EFF AROUND!!!!!!! Okay, I do have only one little itty bitty question. This doesn't even border on questions addressing all the sci-fi stuff. This is basic questions like, did I somehow skip over her re-fueling her jet pack? Is it a solar powered jet pac This could have been a great Fringe episode. An alternate 2013 where the police hire teens and give them rockets. Can you imagine some 3-D printer equipped to printing out jet packs. OMG!!!! I WANT A JETPACK!!!!! To serve. To protect. TO FLY THE EFF AROUND!!!!!!! Okay, I do have only one little itty bitty question. This doesn't even border on questions addressing all the sci-fi stuff. This is basic questions like, did I somehow skip over her re-fueling her jet pack? Is it a solar powered jet pack? Is there some way where it just doesn't run out of fuel? Magical science perhaps? I just really wanna know the science behind her jetpack. This first volume was good, and I hope the continually volumes will answer other questions raised like: the cop guy seeing his alternative self, or how the future will be changed now that she has been sent back. I could really get into this series. It would replace my lingering sadness at no longer being a Fringe addict: Anyway, I'm pleased to see this a sci-fi trend coming out in graphic novel. It will be great to do crossover Reader's Advisory to my hardcore science fiction readers. Thanks NetGalley for the ARC

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Dayoung Johansson is a New York City cop out to save 2015 from the crimes of Quintum Mechanics made in the past, only, her investigation leads her to the discovery that her time should never have existed. Bright and quirky is the best way to describe the writing and artistic style. Dayoung is a fun character, bounding with teenage ideals, determination and firm adherence to the rules and her responsibility as a cop. 1986 is as loud and vibrant as it should be, as is Dayoung's supporting cast. Don' Dayoung Johansson is a New York City cop out to save 2015 from the crimes of Quintum Mechanics made in the past, only, her investigation leads her to the discovery that her time should never have existed. Bright and quirky is the best way to describe the writing and artistic style. Dayoung is a fun character, bounding with teenage ideals, determination and firm adherence to the rules and her responsibility as a cop. 1986 is as loud and vibrant as it should be, as is Dayoung's supporting cast. Don't get too caught up in the science of it all. Time travel is always a tricky concept to grasp, more so if too much thought is put into it. I appreciate that the story maintained its light-hearted feel, even when Dayoung came to understand the true impact of her mission and what it means for her "past." www.BiblioSanctum.com With thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marla Haasz

    3.5/5 Love love love the art style and vibrant colours, especially when it's the 1986 Scene. Oh god, and yes, the outfits. Beautiful. I couldn't help but focus on the outfits and character creations more than the story and then I had to go back and re-read all over again because I didn't actually pay attention to what was going on. Love the diverse, intersectional range of characters in both 'the good guys and the bad guys.' I put this comic down quite a lot over my time reading it, and it took me 3.5/5 Love love love the art style and vibrant colours, especially when it's the 1986 Scene. Oh god, and yes, the outfits. Beautiful. I couldn't help but focus on the outfits and character creations more than the story and then I had to go back and re-read all over again because I didn't actually pay attention to what was going on. Love the diverse, intersectional range of characters in both 'the good guys and the bad guys.' I put this comic down quite a lot over my time reading it, and it took me a LONG time to get through it. Not because it was painful or hard to get through, but something about the plot or the execution of the plot was just not holding my interest for more than 5 or so pages. But I am interested in where this story goes and what these awesome characters do to continue on, hopefully in an even brighter and exciting volume 2.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This comic had an interesting concept, but it fell short for me. The time jumps were a bit confusing, and both the plot and the characters felt underdeveloped. Dayoung and Annie both seemed like they could become interesting characters, but just didn't enjoy this volume enough to see if the story improves in volume 2. Received from netgalley.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Fin. Fun. Fun. Engaging story by Montclare. Reeder is one of my favorite comic artists at present. She excels at combining humor and action. Love her variety of facial expressions. If you like this book, definitely check out Montclare and Reeder's Halloween Eve.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tricia (TellHerAStory)

    Rating: 4 / 5 stars A fun action-packed time-travel graphic novel. Extremely well done, bright art work and great diversity of characters. Some characters weren't developed enough for my taste, and the story was a tad predictable. But still, super fun and I'll definitely pick up the next volume.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    This is one of a selection of Graphic novels I picked up from my local library to try out. It's one I've heard mentioned a few times, but never had actually seen physically until I went to the library, and so I was quite happy to bring it home and begin reading it. My most immediate reaction was that the artwork is very very beautiful (which it is) and that the story was a little jumbled (which it was) and so it didn't seem like a bad choice. This is the story of Rocket Girl. A 15 year old girl c This is one of a selection of Graphic novels I picked up from my local library to try out. It's one I've heard mentioned a few times, but never had actually seen physically until I went to the library, and so I was quite happy to bring it home and begin reading it. My most immediate reaction was that the artwork is very very beautiful (which it is) and that the story was a little jumbled (which it was) and so it didn't seem like a bad choice. This is the story of Rocket Girl. A 15 year old girl called Dayoung who is from the year 2013. She's in the Teen Cops, and she's worried about the state of her world and the time she's living in. She blames the Quantum machine which was invented back in 1986. Dayoung decides that the best way to sort out her world is to travel back in time and destroy the machine before it ruins the future even more. As a concept the idea wasn't hugely original, other than that it's a young girl going back I suppose, and yet it did have some interesting quirks. I liked the storyline as a whole and the premise worked, but there were some moments where I was not entirely sure what was happening because it would seem as though events or the 'past (2013)' were happening at the same time as those of the 'present (1986)' and I couldn't always follow it as clearly as I would have liked to. The artwork is what made this book a solid 3* read instead of just a 2* one and that's because it is stunning. I love the vibrant pops of colours and the over-exaggerated expressions, motions and fluidity of each of the characters. They are all easy to identify clearly, and I liked the fact that each one had their own 'look' and vibe. I loved the world too. We get to see the very futuristic world of the alternate 2013 and we also get to see the more familiar sights of the 1986 world, and each one has its own feeling too. On the whole the art was fab and the story was somewhat confusing but alright. I would say that if you don't mind a bit of confusion it certainly has a lot of potential and it is a beautifully illustrated seres. I might pick up the next volume if I can find it at the library, who knows :) a solid 3*s.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    I warned you, but did you listen? Noooooo. Both of those stars are for Amy Reeder. I want to give her three all to herself because the art and costuming is lovely, but some of you will think that means you should read this. Amy's portion of the book is great, so let's leave it at that. We have a basic "I must travel back in time to save the future from the evil corporation" plot, which I am down with. And I am not one to complain if a time travel book ignores the standard paradoxes inherent in th I warned you, but did you listen? Noooooo. Both of those stars are for Amy Reeder. I want to give her three all to herself because the art and costuming is lovely, but some of you will think that means you should read this. Amy's portion of the book is great, so let's leave it at that. We have a basic "I must travel back in time to save the future from the evil corporation" plot, which I am down with. And I am not one to complain if a time travel book ignores the standard paradoxes inherent in the genre. Unless it's part of the plot, I don't care if the author doesn't. So let me rant talk about the things I had a problem with. 1) Why are the cops teenagers? The frikkin commissioner is like 17 years old. What? One of the other reviews states that the cops are teens because once you become 30 you are corrupted and can't be trusted. I must have missed that while reading, but it makes no damn sense even if canon. The teens didn't declare themselves cops. The teens aren't paying themselves. The teens aren't providing themselves with equipment. The teens aren't providing themselves with weapon or jetpack training. The 'corrupt' adults are. What the living fuck? I could almost (not really) forgive that if not for... 2) Rocket Girl is a complete idiot. She thinks flying a jetpack through NYC in 1986 isn't going to cause a scene? She thinks a 15 year old in a weird outfit and jetpack can just walk up to a couple of cops during a hostage situation and expect to be included? She thinks telling a cop in 1986 her badge number from 2013 is going to matter? Did she forget that she hasn't been born in 1986? Much less have a damn badge number?!?! I don't even need a number 3. Those two make me want to throw it in the trash. Well, or at least rip it apart so I can put some of the art up on my wall. Amy Reeder did quite a nice job. It was just wasted on this.

  15. 5 out of 5

    brea

    I was really disappointed with this... It seriously made no sense. It is set in two time periods, 1986 (the present) and 2013 (the past). And yes, you read that correctly, 1986 was present time, and 2013 was in the past. I didn't understand it either... Not only was 2013 set in the "past" but it looked totally like a scene out of the Jetsons. I mean come on, this book was written after 2013, why the cheesey futuristic guise. It might have passed if they were talking about the year 3013, but this I was really disappointed with this... It seriously made no sense. It is set in two time periods, 1986 (the present) and 2013 (the past). And yes, you read that correctly, 1986 was present time, and 2013 was in the past. I didn't understand it either... Not only was 2013 set in the "past" but it looked totally like a scene out of the Jetsons. I mean come on, this book was written after 2013, why the cheesey futuristic guise. It might have passed if they were talking about the year 3013, but this... this was just weird and didn't work. Beside the horrible setting of this book, the plot just doesn't make any sense! I have no clue what the point of this book was! Seriously! Not. One. Clue. And lastly, the characters were just a flop. Dayoung Johansson or Rocket Girl, was so annoying. I think they were trying to create a strong female lead, but they made her look like a bitch who was too good to get help from her male companions. I am all for strong female leads, especially in graphic novels and comics! But this just didn't work. The whole things was a giant flop and I am pretty disappointed. I would not recommend this to anyone, and I will not be continuing the series. If you want a graphic novel with some kick ass female leads, pick up Saga #1, you won't regret it. Overall rating: 1.5/5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    The blurb: "The NYTPD sent her to 1986 New York City to investigate the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for Crimes Against Time. Piecing together the clues, Dayoung Johansson discovers the "Future" she calls home--a high-tech alternate reality version of 2013--shouldn't exist at all!" The art here is really wonderful. I'm a bit of an art snob and I find most comic book art somewhat underwhelming. It doesn't have to be anything extraordinary, but I feel like if you are going to create something The blurb: "The NYTPD sent her to 1986 New York City to investigate the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for Crimes Against Time. Piecing together the clues, Dayoung Johansson discovers the "Future" she calls home--a high-tech alternate reality version of 2013--shouldn't exist at all!" The art here is really wonderful. I'm a bit of an art snob and I find most comic book art somewhat underwhelming. It doesn't have to be anything extraordinary, but I feel like if you are going to create something in a visual medium the art should at least not be sloppy or detract from the story. The idea of the comic was interesting as the protagonist is a 15 year old girl who's a cop from the future with a flying space suit. However as so often I find with comics, I found the plot and the flow of the art to be less than clear and I got bored quickly. I tried following along at first but the action felt kind of clunky and I had difficulty following. Its just so frustrating to read something with so much going for it but not living up to expectations. As you may have noticed from my reviews that's like my entire experience with reading comics. Eighty percent of the comics I attempt to read either have interesting story elements or have excellent art but only 10% of it I end up actually liking. But the 10% that I really like is so good I keep trying anyways.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    Great characters especially Dayoung flying around with her jetpack wreaking havoc in the 1980s and Annie looking after her, superb art and a very interesting premise. However, the poor execution is where the comic failed me as there didn't seem to be enough substance holding the whole thing together. I do like where the story's heading next, though so I'm curious about the second volume.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Livingston

    I'm not the writer's core audience. I had no business getting this book from the library, I got it because it was recommended but I didn't know anything about it. If I had known it was about a 15 year old cop I wouldn't have bothered. I believe in creativity and fantasy but a 15 year old cop? I can suspend my disbelief only so far. So, I really couldn't get into the premise. The art was good though so that's something. I recommend this graphic novel to teens, fans of comic artwork, graphic novel I'm not the writer's core audience. I had no business getting this book from the library, I got it because it was recommended but I didn't know anything about it. If I had known it was about a 15 year old cop I wouldn't have bothered. I believe in creativity and fantasy but a 15 year old cop? I can suspend my disbelief only so far. So, I really couldn't get into the premise. The art was good though so that's something. I recommend this graphic novel to teens, fans of comic artwork, graphic novel fans. I didn't like it, wouldn't buy it, won't read it again.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elisa The-Bookie-Monster

    3/5 this is an action-packed sci-fi book. Dayoung Johansson, better known as Rocket Girl is sent to 1986 NYC to investigate the Quitum Mechanics corporation for "crimes against time" and in doing so she discovers her world in 2013 shouldn't exist at all. I don't really care for time- travel based plots so this was just ok to me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael (Mai)

    Got to give it to Amy Reeder, she can draw a 15’s emotions so well. I loved the art in this book. She gave characters nuisanced emotions. I don’t see that as often as I’d like within comics. The story wasn’t bad. I just wasn’t as hooked with it as I was with the art.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    For all the beautiful artwork, this story is very lacklustre. Dayoung's character was undeveloped and I had a tough time getting to sympathize with her situation, where she came from, or the driving force that led her to take a one-way trip back in time. (view spoiler)[The plot, as I gather it, is that a corporation in the future runs and owns everything, and they got this way because they'd sent their own tech back in time to themselves when they were a fledgling company. Meanwhile, one of the N For all the beautiful artwork, this story is very lacklustre. Dayoung's character was undeveloped and I had a tough time getting to sympathize with her situation, where she came from, or the driving force that led her to take a one-way trip back in time. (view spoiler)[The plot, as I gather it, is that a corporation in the future runs and owns everything, and they got this way because they'd sent their own tech back in time to themselves when they were a fledgling company. Meanwhile, one of the NY Teen Police Force (seriously?) has a lead from someone on the inside that says they're corrupt. She then wants to destroy them based on flimsy evidence. I think her partner (?) and the commissioner (also teens) help her break into the lab and she goes back in time. But when she arrives in the 1980s... she acts as if she hasn't time travelled and continues to be a cop, but with a rocket pack, and it's just... weird. She had the opportunity to tell the readers about the plot when she explains why she's there to her new friends, the scientists who would create the evil, corrupt company, but she behaves very aggressive and not at all like a real person that says "hello" and "my name is" and whatever else people do when they meet people that could help make their lives a lot easier. You see, Dayoung lives a 90s lifestyle, which is EXTREME!! EVERYTHING IS !INTENSE! AND, OMFG, YOU HAD BETTER DO WHAT SHE SAYS BECAUSE SHE'S GOING TO SAVE THE WORLD BY DESTROYING HER FUTURE (or something like that) AND WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT'S SO BAD ABOUT THE FUTURE BECAUSE WE WERE NEVER SHOWN, BUT IT SOUNDS GREAT AND IS SO TRAGIC AND ISN'T THIS ART PRETTY? The art is so pretty. Pretty. Pretty. Pretty. Even when it is revealed that the corporation is the one that informed Dayoung about their corruption because they needed her to go back in time and be the one to deliver her rocket pack to themselves in the past... what the actual fuck? Why couldn't they just draw straws of willing participants to strap on the rocket and go into the past and just hand it over to the scientists in the 80s? I mean, the rocket was THEIR TECH. Talk about a convoluted way to get a rocket on a 15-year-old and do a fish out of water story. (hide spoiler)] I wish I'd gotten to see more of NY teen police force (seriously????) commissioner Gomez and Leshawn (Dayoung's partner). THEY seemed interesting. They were the only characters I got a real sense for. Everyone else were cardboard cutouts of characters that hadn't been given more than 1 dimension. And speaking of the NYTP (srsly?) I have to ask why. Why is this a thing? Teens were made cops because "grownups can't be trusted", but... it's grownups that made the teen cops... and they all answer to the corrupt corporation anyway. This feels like a real stretch to stick a teen character in the job that an adult would typically hold. Why not make her a robot that looks like a teen? I'd believe that over kids being given badges and responsibility because they're... less corrupt? They just behave like adults (drinking, smoking, talking tough). The art is pretty.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Dayoung Johansson is a teenage cop from a high-tech future investigating a megacorporation for crimes against time. She goes back to New York in 1986 to investigate the Quintum Mechanics Corporation. What she finds is far different to what she expected. As she slowly pieces the clues while trying to navigate a different place and time. Discovering that what she knows about her home is really an alternate reality that shouldn’t exist. Rocket Girl: Time Squared is the first five issues of this brig Dayoung Johansson is a teenage cop from a high-tech future investigating a megacorporation for crimes against time. She goes back to New York in 1986 to investigate the Quintum Mechanics Corporation. What she finds is far different to what she expected. As she slowly pieces the clues while trying to navigate a different place and time. Discovering that what she knows about her home is really an alternate reality that shouldn’t exist. Rocket Girl: Time Squared is the first five issues of this bright and quirky series that combines high-tech gadgets in a time where New York wasn’t exactly a safe place to live. Just a quick search of New York in the 1980s and I found that the subway system saw over 250 felonies committed every week. It was a dark and gritty time to live in this great city. So when you read a comic that is full of bright art work set to this gritty backdrop the contrast really stands out. The past and future also play off each other within this series, Dayoung Johansson is a teen cop and when she lands in 1986 she meets a police petrol. She bosses them around like she would normally do in her 2014 reality but obviously gets a different response from these police officers. It is obvious to say that Rocket Girl is all about clashing; the vibrant colours against a gritty city, past and future, and the list goes on. While this is a lot of fun to read sometimes I found that the series attempted to get too complex, which can often raise questions about the science. The artwork was too busy at times that you had to spend extra time on once panel just to absorb everything and make sense of it. This tended to throw the flow off but only remains a minor setback. I would have liked to see more of an exploration into the moral issues of time travelling and alternate realities but I know this is only the beginning of the series and that there is still time for this. I’m not sure where this is going to go, I can imagine that Dayoung would want to return to her alternate reality but to what lengths would she go to make sure that reality will happen? Brandon Montclare has set up a good premise and teaming up with Amy Reeder for the art means we will continue to see vibrant colours in this strange little story. This review originally appeared on my blog: http://literary-exploration.com/2014/...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Dayoung Johansson, member of the New York Teen Police Department, is sent back in time to investigate a Corporation. So here's my opinion, short and sweet: The art is beautiful. The story makes no sense. Skip it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Givens

    I'm about to complain a lot, so keep this in mind: I gave the comic four stars. I really liked it. I'm so over teenage characters. I mean, Dayoung is a teen cop from the future and comes back in time to change the past. Okay. But she appears in 1986 and thinks the cops there will follow her orders? Seriously? Idiot! That was a really shaky beginning for me. The middle was also shaky, because I swear I was paying attention, but I have no idea how Dayoung made her investigative leaps. It's just all I'm about to complain a lot, so keep this in mind: I gave the comic four stars. I really liked it. I'm so over teenage characters. I mean, Dayoung is a teen cop from the future and comes back in time to change the past. Okay. But she appears in 1986 and thinks the cops there will follow her orders? Seriously? Idiot! That was a really shaky beginning for me. The middle was also shaky, because I swear I was paying attention, but I have no idea how Dayoung made her investigative leaps. It's just all of a sudden "I'm here to do ____" and "I'm actually here to do ____!" but I have no idea where any of it was coming from. There were a lot of dangling plot threads, too. It seemed like things were just getting going when it ended, and it did seem like a real ending. However, it looks like another set of issues are scheduled for next summer, and I will be there to read them! Here's why: I really, really liked Dayoung. Despite not liking teen characters and her lapse in intelligence there at the beginning, I do love her. She's smart and driven and strong, and I loved seeing her do her stuff. I liked the supporting cast. I liked that while her age is a concern, the fact that she's a girl isn't questionable. There's an awesome pink-haired female scientist, too. I liked the overall tone of the comic, and I think the time-travel elements are pretty solid. It's basically 12 Monkeys crossed with Artemis Fowl, and I dig it. Assuming we'll address those dangling plot threads in volume 2, then I love this comic despite my wariness at the beginning.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mainon

    "Times Squared" is a clever title for a clever concept. Rocket Girl is a member of a futuristic teen police force, who volunteers to go back in time to stop an evil mega-corporation from developing a particular piece of tech in 1987 (but of course, that tech is the same item that allows her to time-travel, so if it's never invented, she can't get back to her own time, and therein lies the twist on the sacrifice-and-salvation trope). She has a couple things going for her: first, a strong sense of "Times Squared" is a clever title for a clever concept. Rocket Girl is a member of a futuristic teen police force, who volunteers to go back in time to stop an evil mega-corporation from developing a particular piece of tech in 1987 (but of course, that tech is the same item that allows her to time-travel, so if it's never invented, she can't get back to her own time, and therein lies the twist on the sacrifice-and-salvation trope). She has a couple things going for her: first, a strong sense of right and wrong, and second, the skill to use the rocket pack strapped to her back. Ensuing events in 1987, if not exactly unpredictable, are at least pretty darn amusing. All in all, it's a beautiful drawn, very satisfying little volume, and I'll be sure to pick up the next one. Biggest plus: smart, sassy heroine who's neither a perfect goody two-shoes nor a delinquent, neither too innocent nor too jaded. Biggest drawback: sometimes the art was just a little *too* complex (lots of creative placement of the boxes) and I lost the flow of the action ("Wait, did she just hit her head, or did someone shoot her, or...?") for a moment. Probably would be smoother on a second reading.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ithlilian

    15 year old time traveling rocket wearing cop going back to the 80s to prevent her current time from happening. That's the plot as indicated on the back of the volume, and that's exactly what happens. Short and sweet: I thought the teenage cops were weird. I didn't think the big bad corporation was really made to look bad, so I'm not quite sure why the main character wanted to risk her life and the loves of everyone she knew to go back in time to erase it. The idea is cool I guess. What's not cool 15 year old time traveling rocket wearing cop going back to the 80s to prevent her current time from happening. That's the plot as indicated on the back of the volume, and that's exactly what happens. Short and sweet: I thought the teenage cops were weird. I didn't think the big bad corporation was really made to look bad, so I'm not quite sure why the main character wanted to risk her life and the loves of everyone she knew to go back in time to erase it. The idea is cool I guess. What's not cool about a crime fighting jet pack wearing no nonsense teenager doing good in the 80s? But, the idea itself doesn't make a well defined comic. Maybe it's the format, maybe it would be better as a book, but either way it's missing something as it is. I don't know if I want to continue since this pretty much ended things? What comes next, a completely new arc? Do we see if the future was actually changed? Couldn't she have just looked? It's all over the place. It's ok, not bad, but not great, and not enough to make me interested in more.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Odette Cortés

    Rocket Girl Vol.1: Time Squared written by Brandon Montclare and illustrated by Amy Reeder, tells the story of Dayoung Johansson, a member of the NYPD teen division in an alternate universe from ours. Dayoung time travels back to 1986 in order to change a key event and alter history in the hopes of changing the entropic future that is controlled by a corporation. The story, although it is funny and light, is nothing out of the ordinary. Echoes of Terminator and Back to the Future can be found in Rocket Girl Vol.1: Time Squared written by Brandon Montclare and illustrated by Amy Reeder, tells the story of Dayoung Johansson, a member of the NYPD teen division in an alternate universe from ours. Dayoung time travels back to 1986 in order to change a key event and alter history in the hopes of changing the entropic future that is controlled by a corporation. The story, although it is funny and light, is nothing out of the ordinary. Echoes of Terminator and Back to the Future can be found in the writing. The "future" being 2013. A 2013 that reminded me once again of Marty McFly's adventure or the Jetsons, where humanity has advanced so much that there are flying cars all over the place, among other technological advancements, which contrasts with our much grounded present. What truly captivated me about Rocket Girl was the illustrations. The combination of the pencils, colors, movement and lighting effects is a fantastic complement to the story that actually enhances it. Let's just say that it is pure eye-candy. I was given this book by NetGalley.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Future police officer, Dayoung Johansson travels back in time to investigate potential crimes against time by the Quintum Mechanics. This collection of the first five installments of the Image Comic unfolds in two points in time -- the near future and the near past. The linking elements is Dayoung, the titular Rocket Girl. There are some intriguing ideas in the story, though they aren't as well developed as they could have been, including some of the implications of traveling through time and ch Future police officer, Dayoung Johansson travels back in time to investigate potential crimes against time by the Quintum Mechanics. This collection of the first five installments of the Image Comic unfolds in two points in time -- the near future and the near past. The linking elements is Dayoung, the titular Rocket Girl. There are some intriguing ideas in the story, though they aren't as well developed as they could have been, including some of the implications of traveling through time and changing the future. The artwork in this collected comic is nicely done with visually flourishes given to each time period to set them apart. Overall, I found myself just intrigued enough to read all the way to the end of the comic but I'm not sure if I'm intrigued enough to continue to follow the adventures of Rocket Girl into future installments. In the interest of full disclosure, I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Miri

    This is a great premise, but it wasn't carried out well. The dialogue is lame and the story is very unclear: teenage police officer leaves the year 2013—"the past"—to go back in time to 1986—"the present"—to stop a company from developing the technology that created her world, which she says should never have existed. Maybe I'm just very dense, but as far as I could tell this was never explained. I mostly liked the illustrations, except for the page on which we see a quantum physicist wake up in This is a great premise, but it wasn't carried out well. The dialogue is lame and the story is very unclear: teenage police officer leaves the year 2013—"the past"—to go back in time to 1986—"the present"—to stop a company from developing the technology that created her world, which she says should never have existed. Maybe I'm just very dense, but as far as I could tell this was never explained. I mostly liked the illustrations, except for the page on which we see a quantum physicist wake up in the morning dressed like this: Which just doesn't seem very natural to me, particularly because at first I thought it was supposed to be her lab coat (that would really annoy me). I guess that's the belt thing on a bathrobe, though? It's hard to tell. In any case, it stood out to me because the rest of the book isn't like that, with the cheap fanservice shots.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    I learned of this book via an interview with penciller Amy Reeder upon its return to shelves after a post-volume 1 hiatus. DaYoung Johansson is an officer in the New York Teen Police Department in an alternate 2013. One of her primary responsibilities is to monitor the actions of untrustworthy adults. So when an opportunity arises in which she can go back in time to 1986 and change the course of the future at a pivotal point in history, she jumps at the chance even if the altered future might ne I learned of this book via an interview with penciller Amy Reeder upon its return to shelves after a post-volume 1 hiatus. DaYoung Johansson is an officer in the New York Teen Police Department in an alternate 2013. One of her primary responsibilities is to monitor the actions of untrustworthy adults. So when an opportunity arises in which she can go back in time to 1986 and change the course of the future at a pivotal point in history, she jumps at the chance even if the altered future might negate her existence entirely. It's a pretty cool story and it's fun to see 1986's NYC portrayed in comic form. But my only issue is with an aspect of Reeder's art in which it appears that every character is constantly screaming. I don't know why this bugs me, but it does. I'm petty.

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