Joe Henderson, writer
Lee Garbett, art
Antonio, Fabela, colors
Simon Bowland, letters
Previously in Skyward, The Farmers trap Willa, her friends, and Roger Barrow at their facility outside of Chicago. Lucas, the leader of The Farmers, plans to attack Chicago, to destroy powerful people that they believe caused the loss of gravity despite the possible loss of innocent lives. This issue begins, Willa and Eddison break free then free Roger Barrow so that he can help them stop Lucas from completing his plan. However, Barrow quickly betrays Willa. Lucas confronts Eddison’s loyalty to The Farmers which leads to a fight between the two. The issue ends on a cliffhanger. Willa and Eddison must stop Lucas before he bombs Chicago while also restoring gravity without harming innocent people in the process.
The character’s relationships with each other is the most interesting. For example, Eddison admits to Willa that he tried to stop her from restoring gravity. His honesty and acknowledging his error is honored by Willa, who forgives him. The writer does a perfect job of demonstrating Eddison’s sincerity and Willa’s generosity. These heartwarming moments occur often and always land. My favorite is the ending panels where Willa’s inner monologue communicates her trust that her plan will work because of her supportive team members. The artistic highlights come in the use of colors, bright blues offset by earth tones that help the story feel alive.
This is a coming of age story stuffed in a post-apocalyptic tale that is rich in character development and emotional highs. The writer makes the bad guys seem bad and therefore avoids the trope of convoluting the narrative to garner sympathy for the villain. By contrast, Willa is a hero with a heart of gold and the courage to follow through on her values. Her nobility won me over and caused me to support her pursuit to fulfill her father’s dream of restoring gravity. I highly recommend this book to people who love coming of age stories and strong character development. Overall = 9/10