Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Christopher Cantwell
Artwork: Martin Morazzo
Colours: Miroslav Mrva
Lettering: Clem Robins
Release Date: 8th August 2019
We all fear the monster inside of us. We all fear what we could do to those we love and care about. We all have that voice which tells us we have no value, and that we should just jump off the nearest building. We all know we all have this voice and yet we still feel so alone with it and sometimes the only way to realise you’re not alone is to find something or someone who understands your pain… and that is She Could Fly.
The flying woman has died. Luna is still slowly breaking apart as the battle between herself and the voice in her head continues. Earl is slowly running out of time and options as those who want him slowly back him into a corner while Verna threatens to find out the truth about him.
I had no idea what I was going to find when I offered to review this book. I had a title and I knew it was from Dark Horse, so I knew it would challenge me, but I actually think I’ve stumbled on something very special.
Writer Christopher Cantwell is delivering two completely different plotlines that seem to be from borderline different genres, each spinning out from the same basic idea. A flying woman exists, how does the world react?
This book turns the mundane into a Lovecraftian horror of our main character’s negative thoughts. While this is happening, Earl’s plotline keeps the audience invested as we are slowly given snippers about his history and exactly why he is in his current situation.
As well as truly great writing the book gets another amazing addition in the form of Martin Morazzo and Miroslav Mrva. It looks and feels like Frank Quitely when he really cuts loose. It has that same reality questioning nature that I feel whenever I read Flex Mentallo or All-Star Superman, it’s brilliant in a way that is almost indescribable.
In the end… well, just read this. You will feel emotionally drained after and you’ll wonder why you still go on in this messed up world. It’s rare to find a book that understands the monster in us all and acknowledges that we’re not alone for having it. This book should be in your stack because in the end these books are important because these books should be celebrated, and these books should inspire us because… we can all still fly.
The writer of this piece was: Jonathan Mullen
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