Rocket Girl aims to complete her mission, time travelling to 1986, and protecting the people of New York from corrupt scientific endeavours. Rocket Girl #6 offers:
- Strong cover artwork, excellent flight scenes and use of gesture.
- Exploring Time Travel, and the responsibilities that come with it.
The comic opens with a strong cover, but escalates into violent scenes, which Rocket girl could have prevented. Flashback artwork shows excellent flight scenes, however some important plot details are forced into the panel corners
The cover artwork for Rocket Girl #6 strikes a new tone for the comic. Rocker Girl herself levitates into the air. Behind her, the stone and cement buildings of New York form a perfect circle. Futuristic lights and holograms form a train of shapes – buildings from a city in the distant future, and a halo of light. Rocket Girl has her hands held open, offering something. It’s definitely an angelic look.
The opening fight scene in the comic book runs completely against this blessed image. The comic opens with unexpected violent content. Rocket Girl could have prevented this fight. She could have kept the peace. Rocket Girl escalates the fight instead.
Gestures are essential to the art in this scene. Annie had her hand of Rocket Girl’s shoulder moments before the fight. Annie was looking for support from her friend.
A flashback to Rocket Girl’s first day as a police officer – before she time travelled – shows off some excellent flying scenes. Rocket Girl soars over the city blocks, the red and blue lights on her uniform leaving trails of colour.
One key moment in the art has Annie and her team of scientist eyeing the chest where Rocket Girl’s gear from the future is stored. Later, Rocket Girl finds the chest empty, and demands to know what they’ve done with her jetpack. It’s difficult to see in the earlier scene that Annie was fixated on the jetpack. The storage chest is forced into the extreme foreground of the panel.
Rocket Girl remembers a lesson from her past about the weight of responsibility that comes with carrying a badge and uniform. She also searches for any help she can find in the past – it is heavily implied that she meets the mother of her best friend.
Rocket Girl could have stopped a fight, but didn’t, knowing that she has the fighting and negotiation skills to de-escalate a basic conflict.
Her temper and frustration wearing down, Rocket Girl goes in search of any help she can find in 1986. She finds a woman who greatly resembles her friend Natasha Tallchief. It’s heavily implied that this woman is Natasha’s mother.
The comic introduces Natasha when it flashs back to Rocket Girl’s first day as a police officer. Donning her Jetpack with Natasha, the two try to crime king pin. The attempt at a first arrest fails, however. This marks the first time that Rocket Girl learns being a police officer does not mean she is entitled to do whatever she wants.
The comic delves into the personal experience of time travel, while peacekeeping emerges as core values of this book. Rocket Girl realises time travel, and her abilities, comes with responsibility.
Time travel pushes the traveller to their limits. Rocket Girl risks her friendship with Annie, and risks changing the timeline by meeting the mother of her best friend.
Rocket Girl originally traveled back in time to stop a corrupt organisation called Quintum Mechanics. The question remains – will her actions in the past stop the organisation, or be the events that fuelled the organisation becoming dark and corrupted? Rocket Girl seems set to explore the deeper cause and effects of time travel.
In Rocket Girl’s actions, the value of peace keeping emerges. Rocket Girl is living in the past with skills from the future. She learns that holding a badge and uniform gives her responsibility to keep the peace, and not start fights or let them start. Her jurisdiction is New York,1986, and she remembers that is her responsibility to serve and protect everyone with her abilities and tech from the future.
Rocket Girl #6 is published by Image Comics ($3.99 USD). Brandon Montclare (W.) Amy Reeder (A.) Cover artwork by Amy Reeder.