Collected Comics Review: Rocket Girl, Alex & Ada

Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times SquaredFuture 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.

Alex + Ada, Volume 1

Dumped by his girlfriend seven months earlier, Alex finds another birthday has come and gone and he’s not quite sure how to get out of his funk. His grandmother suggests that Alex might consider a companion android, similar to the one she has. Alex initially refuses the idea, but his grandmother decides to surprise him with Ada, an android designed to serve his every whim and desire.

But Alex soon discovers there is more to Ada than just being a servant and companion to him. Alex decides he wants more for Ada and begins to explore the possibility of awakening Ada to be self-aware and have the ability to make decisions that aren’t predicated on whether or not it will please Alex.

The story of Alex and Ada feels like it’s just beginning in this collected edition of the first five issues of this comic. The story unfolds leisurely, not rushing over details and allowing the Alex and Ada (as well as the reader) to form a bond. The fact that unlocking Ada’s full potential is illegal and could lead to complications later, balanced by Alex’s desire that she should be something more than her basic programming allows is deftly handled.

After five issues, I felt like the story was just getting started and that I wanted to know more. I’ll definitely look for future issues or a collection to find out what happens next to these two.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received a digital ARC of these books from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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