Saturday, June 23, 2018

Skyward #3 Review

Up, up and away

Written by: Joe Henderson
Art by: Lee Garbett
Colors by: Antonio Fabela
Letters by: Simon Bowland
Publisher: Image Comics

Wow. With each issue of this series the story being unveiled is becoming more and more complex, interesting and very, very detailed. What's ironic about that is the fact that what really reeled me into this series at the start was the light-hearted nature of it. Now, only a few issues in I am hooked by its growing complexity. Let's see how this issue was.

Well lets mix things up by starting with the art. Lee Garbett's art and Antonio Fabela's colors make this book sing. The style of the characters' features are just fantastic. There is one particular panel where the reader gets to see the sinister motivations of Roger Barrow, shown through an evil glint in his eye and it was chilling. Then there is the way the art lends itself to the frenetic action of this issue, very fast-moving scenes, and it works so well on the page. Very, very good artwork in this series, and I think this may have exceeded the high watermark set by previous issues.

Then to the story. It was very intriguing. The reader knows the context of the discussion but the central character Willa doesn't. We know that Barrow is sinister and is on the hunt for Willa's father, who is a potential troublemaker for him and his empire. Willa, however, doesn't, so the tension in this issue is whether she will be able to deduce his motivations or not. The outcome of that is a very tense opener to this issue and an even more tense finale. This issue is really good, and we are left with some heartbreaking scenes at the end.

Bits and Pieces

As noted above this series has started off simple, reeled us all in with the appearance of a light-hearted zero gravity fun-fest. Then it held us enthralled as we got deep, heavy themes of loss, family, hope, and faith, as well as thrilling scenes for the adrenaline junkies in all of us. What a series! I started off scoring this high, but feel like I have to increase those initial scores given the richness of the storytelling as the series goes on. Wonderful series.


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