Writer: Joe Henderson
Artist: Lee Garbett, Antonio Fabela
Publisher: Image Comics $3.99
Skyward #2 continues to build on the simple, yet sophisticated world building introduced in issue one. It’s known that gravity has gone haywire and that it was the father of the main character, Willa who is at least partly to blame. Over the course of two decades he has become a recluse, refusing to leave his Chicago apartment. Willa, much like any twenty-something, has embraced the freedom of movement that both youth and diminished gravity brings. She longs to leave the big city and see the world. A world her father refuses to face ever since that world was literally turned on its head. There is mention of great peril outside large cities and the dangers faced by those outside of large metropolitan centers who went up… and never came down. It stands to reason that her father wants her to not only stay in the city but would prefer that she too remain isolated in their apartment. A young woman wants freedom and her father wants to keep her grounded in every sense of the word. Thanks to his recent findings he may know how to keep the entire world grounded as it was before ‘G-Day’.
Willa learns that one of her father’s old partners is equally responsible for the gravitational upheaval and has made himself a vast fortune as a result of creating a world still bound (in this case magnetically) to the surface. With a bit of street smarts, bravado and a pair of magnetic shoes, she manages to get the attention of this wealthy tech magnate which in turn reveals to the reader further insight into the new structure of society, old rivalries and deep seeded hostilities. It isn’t only Willa’s father who laments the changes that ‘G-Day’ produced. Willa may yet get her wish to see the world but she may not like what she sees.
The art of issue two continues its dynamic sense of motion and fluidity of the world above while introducing us to the heavy, rigidity of the surface world. A study of the framing of the book’s panels reinforces the joy of movement of the sky dwellers enjoy while at the same time highlighting the tense, oppressive surface world where wealth has artificially kept the status quo. In a mere two issues “Skyward” has presented us with a ballet set in a complex world of increasing beauty and burgeoning treachery.
4 “Urgent” Deliveries out of 5!