Rocket Girl #1 by Nik Havert & Jesus Antonio Hernandez Rodriguez
After many, many years of being disappointed with comics that have superheroes in them, Iâ€™ve learned to take anything with a superhero in it and assume that itâ€™s crap until it wins me over. Luckily, this one did that about one page in. The first page is a spread of the mainâ€¦ well, obsession of the main character, a superhero called Fire Chief. Iâ€™m not sure what else Jesus has done, as this is from a few years ago, but holy crap is this man a gifted artist. That single page was enough for me to turn the cynicism off and let this thing win me over, and then the writing kicked in. Yep, thatâ€™s all you need for a great comic, so I was hooked. This is the story of a woman named Polly Harris, a seemingly ordinary woman who has a massive crush on one of the more famous superheroes in their town, the Fire Chief. Why she has a crush isnâ€™t immediately clear, as heâ€™s in a baggy costume with a bucket over his head, but she has an absolute obsession, which eventually leads her to try the superhero thing out for herself. That may be a spoiler, as most of this book is the â€œoriginâ€ issue and we donâ€™t see her in costume until the end, but come on now, the book is called â€œRocket Girlâ€, how did you think it would turn out? Anyway, great stuff all around, completely engrossing, and kudos to Jesus on the choice of making the werewolf more like the old black and white movie werewolf and less like the giant beast that seems to be in all the movies these days. You damned kids!