Fix the end of the world!

Skyward #13
by Joe Henderson,  Lee Garbett (Cover Art), Antonio Fabela (Artist)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

It was ok. It felt like a filler chapter. Willa reached another waypoint, some dots were connected and now we are prepared for the finale.

The art was good. I especially loved that star-filled night sky.

I am not terribly happy with the introduction of Willa‘s mother and their relationship in general. I still don‘t buy that she never tried to find the way back to her husband and child and just continued with a different life. And now that Willa shows up, it‘s all like „oh hey, nice to finally meet you“ and then it‘s back to business as usual.


Skyward #14
by Joe Henderson,  Lee Garbett (Cover Art), Antonio Fabela (Artist) 

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Big plot holes. And the situation with the diminished gravity wasn‘t resolved in a satisfying manner either. And for a pivotal fight at the end of a series this wasn‘t too spectacular. A little disappointing?

The artwork is still good.

I wonder what will happen in the ultimate issue?


Skyward #15
by Joe Henderson,  Lee Garbett (Cover Art), Antonio Fabela (Artist) 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The end of this series. Did this issue deliver? Well, not really.

Was the story arch of these last few issues a good one? This last story arc was the weakest for me. Maybe. To be fair, I think I should re-read all 15 issues in one sitting at one point. The beginning of the series was definitely the most exciting.

I was a little underwhelmed by the plot of these last few issues.

Heavy on the uplifting message. Let‘s all be friends and things will turn out for the better. Willa riding off into the sunset. Sony movie deal?

Bonus for the artwork. ★★★½☆

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Skyward, fixing the world

Skyward #11
by Joe Henderson,  Lee Garbett (Cover Art), Antonio Fabela (Artist) 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Finally decided to finish reading this series. To be honest, I barely remember what happened in volume 2. Anyhow, stop reading now, if you haven‘t read volumes 1 and 2 and plan to do so in the future…

Right, so we are chasing some evil dude to Kansas…

Too bad that we don‘t have a jetpack, that‘s going to slow us down!

Not sure yet? 

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Got it now? Ok then… I laughed on page six, which is always a promising sign!

This is the coolest post-apocalyptic world ever. I mean, who doesn‘t want to be able to soar and fly? Ok, the giant bugs are definitely a draw-back… 

Yes, this isn‘t exactly deep. The plot is straight forward. It‘s fun though.

Twist at the end that will need some explaining. Welcome to the third story arc.


Skyward #12
by Joe Henderson (Goodreads Author),  Lee Garbett (Illustrator), Antonio Fabela (Illustrator) 

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Back to the beginning and taking a different path. I don‘t get it. Why does Nate not follow? Why does she not go out again to look for them? I don‘t buy it. But I am game, let‘s see what happens next…

Watch this space for issues #13-15…

Fun with physics

Skyward Vol. 1: My Low-G LifeSkyward Vol. 1: My Low-G Life by Joe Henderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nice artwork, fun story. In Issue #2 we get some backstory and Willa, the main character, starts to live dangerously. There is a stunning panel, showing what happened to those that didn’t make it past G-Day. The action heats up in Issue #3, I especially liked the ending and visuals of Issue #4.

“Water under the bridge.“
70% of the Earth is covered by water. Ok, it’s just about 0.02% of the Earth’s mass, but still… All the world‘s water should have floated up and gone somewhere, right? Well….

Besides all the oceans and free water presumably going wush, what about all the loose dirt and rocks and desert sands? They should also be floating, right? I wonder, how low would the gravity on Earth need to be for an extinction level event? Because, realistically, that‘s what it would mean, wouldn‘t it? Or would it?

I am not sold on the whole premise of this story and the world building seems flawed. Henderson claims to have researched gravity. I enjoyed this comic so much that I am willing to roll with it and suspend my major disbelief.

What did I like? The artwork, the colours, the humour. Willa is a little daft at times, but generally likeable, so is her dad. I like the outfits people wear. The story is fun. Edison is an interesting character. I want to find out his secret.

What did I not like? The holes in the world building, aka how would all this still work with really low gravity? Loose water, loose dirt, loose everything, the weather… What happens to the polar ice caps without water? However, the story telling works just fine, even without those open questions.

Will I continue reading!? Absolutely, it is too well drawn and too much fun not to…

Good interview with Joe Henderson:
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/go-behi…

It includes some inside panels of this volume, so you can get an impression of the great artwork.

Apparently Skyward is currently being adapted as a motion picture for Sony.

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