Review: Skyward #2

Willa’s Dad claims he knows how to fix the world. Willa thinks he’s a crazy old man. The truth lies down on the Streets, where the rich live, staying as far away from the deadly sky as possible. There they use the latest technology to pretend G-day never happened. And Willa quickly discovers they aren’t friendly to outsiders…

Original and entertaining. Those are two things I look for in a comic and Skyward has that and then some. In short, gravity has gone sideways and society is forever changed. Writer Joe Henderson and artist Lee Garbett (with colorist Antonio Fabela) give you a gut punch reminder of the impact of that within the first few pages. There’s a spread that’s jaw dropping and so well done.

While the series could easily be The Walking Dead without gravity, focused on surviving, the team instead has decided to drill in on the details of it all. We see how society has adapted but more importantly the divide between the haves and the have nots. As sci-fi does best, the series delivers a layered story that is as much about greedy capitalism and class as it is anything else. It’s also a story about a daughter and father and attempting to fix society. It works on a lot of levels.

Some of that is delivered through the visuals which are unique and just amazing. There’s so much detail and you can tell thought has gone in to every little bit. The first spread that I hinted at above is a perfect example telling a story unto itself. Then there’s how society has changed and adapted, all of which are told visually.

The series is creative and there’s an energy about it that makes it beyond entertaining. The issues so far are so full of detail that you’ll linger on pages to see how society has changed and what has been impacted. The layers of storytelling here are a lot and so good. Image has been putting out solid comics and this is one that stands out from the pack.

Story: Joe Henderson Art: Lee Garbett Color: Antonio Fabela
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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