Floating on air (Skyward #1 Comic Review)
Written By: Joe Henderson
Art/Cover Art By: Lee Garbett
Colors By: Antonio Fabela
Letters By: Simon Bowland
Writer Joe Henderson and artist Lee Garbett team up to bring us the lightest and brightest
post-apocalyptic future in the Mirror’s Edge meets Gravity tale that is Skyward #1.
The Breakdown: 20 years ago the Earth’s gravity mysteriously vanished in an event dubbed “G Day.” In a
flashback, we are shown the genuine horror of instant zero-g and it’s victims.
In the present day, we are introduced to Willa, a 20-year-old woman who works as a courier,
who lives in this post gravity future where the only real method of travel is floating and using
straps anchored on buildings to prevent floating away. An initial lack of exposition allows us to
really get to know Willa through mundane instances like completing a delivery and an
embarrassing chat with her workplace crush. We’re shown that she can be reckless when after
being cornered by thieves she employs risky tactics to get away. A later conversation with her
father ends in a twist that could change everything.
Opinions: Henderson sets up one of the most original post-apocalyptic futures that I’ve ever seen. Instead
of the dark and gritty stories we’ve become accustomed to, he adds a light and airy twist that
shows us this new world through the eyes of an optimistic and adventurous young woman. Lack
of exposition is more than made up for by Willa’s charm and sense of adventure.
Garbett’s art is absolutely breathtaking and the attention to detail is impressive. I imagine
drawing almost every panel in zero-g is difficult, but Garbett’s layout is flawless.
Summary Skyward #1 provides a new and interesting take on the post-apocalyptic genre and the light-hearted tone doesn’t negate the danger that still exists in that world. Henderson and Garbett craft a memorable issue. I adored every panel and I really look forward to what the future holds. If you want a new series to pick up Skyward is for you.