Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder have been on hiatus from their superb time-traveling crime drama, Rocket Girl since late 2015. Their new story arc, starting with issue #8, serves as a reminder to readers that Rocket Girl is beautifully drawn, high-octane fun.
Montclare and Reeder treat this issue not as a refresher to the previous arc but as a fast-paced, natural continuation of Dayoung Johansson’s fight against Quintum Mechanics. They bring readers right back to the familiar time-jumping action as the story jumps from Dayoung stuck in 1986 trying to ensure that Quintum never gains the monolithic status it has in the future, to Commissioner Gomez and the ex-teen cops of 2013 confronting Quintum’s oppressive nature head-on. With fast-paced dialogue, quick time transitions, and brilliantly crafted action-sequences, readers will have no problem getting right back into the relationships and drama of the story.
While this issue establishes the continuation of the Dayoung’s fight against Quintum’s evil, it also expertly sets up new twists and turns. Dayoung faces loss and disappointment as her enemies take possession of Quintum tech left behind in an explosion from the first story arc. The loss establishes further hardships in Dayoung’s investigation. On the opposite end of time, Commissioner Gomez and his cohorts find that their head-on approach may not be as surprising to Quintum as they had hoped. All of these plot points and twists fluidly bring readers right back into the world Monteclare and Reeder began building in 2013.
Reeder’s art is exceptional throughout the story. Her ability to build intense action sequences paired with moments of dramatic displays of emotion makes this issue visually captivating. Reeder accomplishes a level of visual action in the first three pages of this issue that solidifies her as one of the best artists in the industry. She deftly changes the point of view during the opening armed hostage situation from Dayoung’s first person view of the hostage taker to a third person view of Dayoung leaping, impossibly, across the page to destroy the criminal. Moments like this are spread throughout the issue and paired with slower moments. There’s a page of panels where Dayoung comes across Detective Ciccone, an ally from the NYPD, who is gravely injured. The scene begins with Reeder’s signature frantic energy and stops on a dime as Dayoung faces the reality of the situation.
Between Montclare’s ability to draw readers back in the story without retracing the previous arc and Amy Reeder’s deft handling of the different emotional situations, this issue is a solid return to the Rocket Girl series. There’s no concern here with sluggishness or retracing of events. Rocket Girl #8 is an action-packed reminder that this series is a lot of fun.