Written by, Christopher Cantwell
Art by, Martin Morazzo
Colors by, Miroslav Mrva
Letters by, Clem Robins
In this issue, several groups pursue leads connected to the demise of the girl who could fly in the previous issue. Luna, the protagonist, fights intrusive visions while tracking the origin of Mayura Howard, who she thinks may be connected to the girl. Meanwhile, Earl, the physicist, and Verna, the prostitute, pursue similar leads only their leads were given to them by a Chinese criminal organization. This all happens an investigator, Dan Laudermilk, and his organization pursues Earl, whose real name is Bill.
The story really moves but not so fast that it’s difficult to follow. There are several interesting characters, starting with Luna, who is traumatized, complex, and driven whose suffering began before the flying girl’s demise but is driven to find answers. Also, the character Earl is motivated by self-preservation and demons which find him paying for human companionship. Even Verna has a viable role as she points Earl in the right direction when he becomes overwhelmed with his predicament. The imperfection of the characters is intriguing and provides a nice backdrop to the main plot.
The entertainment value is found the questions the issue prompts with the mysterious flying girl: who is she, was she created, if so, by who? The art is a perfect complement to this gritty sci-fi noir with bright colors balanced by detailed faces and postures that communicate the emotions of each scene beautifully
I highly recommend this story for people who like indie books because of their freedom, creativity, gritty approach and willingness to explore mucky waters. The story feels like a slow burn with good pacing. It’s not a light read, necessarily, but it tracks well. Overall = 9