Comic Mini-Reviews: Skyward #1 by Joe Henderson & Death or Glory #1 by Rick Remender

Skyward by Joe Henderson (Writer), Lee Garbett (Illustrator),

& Antonio Fabela (Illustrator)

Amazon  –  Goodreads

Published: 18 April 2018

Publisher: Image Comics

Category: Comic Books

“MY LOW-G LIFE,” Part One One day, gravity on earth suddenly became a fraction of what it is now. Twenty years later, humanity has adapted to its new low-gravity reality. And to Willa Fowler, a woman born just after G-day, it’s…well, it’s pretty awesome, actually. You can fly through the air! I mean, sure, you can also die if you jump too high. So you just don’t jump too high. And maybe don’t stumble into a dangerous plan to bring gravity back that could get you killed…. From writer JOE HENDERSON (showrunner of Fox’s Lucifer) and artist LEE GARBETT (Lucifer, Loki: Agent of Asgard), SKYWARD is an adventure-filled exploration of our world turned upside down and a young woman’s journey to find her place in it.

Rating: 4 Stars

The concept of gravity vanishing one day is both terrifying and really interesting. On the one hand, I’m pretty sure humanity at large would freak out. On the other hand, based on Skyward #1, there’s a lot of development that’s been made in the twenty years since, so humanity in this world isn’t doing as badly as I would’ve imagined.

This issue introduces us briefly to the main character, Willa, who’s never known gravity since she was born shortly before it disappeared. Her father knows something, though, and apparently has a way to bring it back. What would this mean, though, for Willa’s co-worker, a young man who is a double amputee that is able to maneuver in a way that would be impossible if gravity returned.

I’m definitely going to keep an eye on this series, not only for the information I’m curious about (how did knowledge of certain things vanish in 20 years? how did humans adapt so well?) but also for Willa. Is she going to be able to travel the world like she wants, or will her loyalty to her father keep her in the city?

 

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Death or Glory #1 by Rick Remender (Writer), Bengal (Illustrator),

Duncan Fegredo (Illustrator), & James Harren (Illustrator)

Amazon  –  Goodreads

Published: 2 May 2018

Publisher: Image Comics

Category: Comic Books

Meet Glory, raised off the grid in a convoy amid truckers—the last men and women fighting for true freedom on the American open road. Now, in order to pay for her beloved dying Father’s surgery, Glory has three days to pull off four dangerous cross-country heists with mob killers, crooked cops, and a psycho ex-husband all out to bring her in or die trying.The new ongoing series by New York Times bestselling author RICK REMENDER and legendary French superstar BENGAL brings you a high-speed chase across the American West that examines our dwindling freedoms and the price paid by those who fight for an untethered life, in this special double-sized first issue with 40 pages of story!

Rating:  2 Stars

I wasn’t sure what this title was about when I selected it to review, but the description itself sounds jam packed with action: car chases, robberies, etc. The action in the book certainly lives up to the summary, complete with a specially modified car ramming a police vehicle off the road.

Illustration wise, things were clear and easily followed, something that can lack in action comics. The drawings aren’t particularly attractive, but neither are they painful to look at for the length of the book.

Story wise is where I had the biggest problem. It was kind of boring, even in a double length first issue. The basics were set up, but even those didn’t capture my interest. If it weren’t for what Glory found in the back of the truck, then I might not even want to continue reading. As it is, I might flip through, but as for a lasting series, I don’t feel any oomph in the story or connection to the characters that would make me actually want to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

I received copies of these books from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

All media (pictures, quotes, etc.) belong to the respective owners and are used here solely for the purpose of review and commentary.

 

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