Falling Angels: Reviewing Elsewhere #2 By Jay Faerber And Sumeyye Kesgin

by Oliver MacNamee

[*Warning: this contains spoilers of sorts, so read on if you so wish. Or, go read the book and come back then. I’ll wait.]

So, it’s not just Amelia Earhart who has washed up (or rather, fallen through the skies) in the magical elsewhere dimension we left her in at the end of the last issue. Enter Dan ‘DB’ Cooper, stage left, to reveal that clearly her travels through both time and space was a little bit more wibbly-wobbly than we first though, given Cooper’s disappearance back in 1971 and being there before her. It also means that he’s able to fill her in on her fate in our world, suggesting that she may not be going home any time soon. No ruby-red shoes for her, I’m afraid, leaving Jay Faerber free to write an alternative history for her in these strange yet beautifully pastoral lands. A much better fate for her than recent theories suggesting she was captured by the Japanese.

The only thing preventing Amelia from simply sitting back and relaxing? The masked menace of Lord Kragen, who has her imprisoned in his dungeons ahead of the inevitable breakout. Sorry if that reads as a spoiler, but if a character ends up in jail after just one issue, it doesn’t take a genius to work out she’ gonna get outta there somehow, someway. And so she does, before being reunited with her saviours from issue one, Cort and Tavel.

Clearly there are many questions to be answered yet, but for now its enough that Amelia has escaped and try to get some R&R. But, in a world like this, trouble never seems to be too far away and once again the reader is left on a cliffhanger ahead of the next issue.

It’s an issue that continues to add more characters to the cast and to the world Faerber and Sumeyye Kesgin are moulding and fleshing out. And, with the reminder that it wasn’t just Earhart that disappeared that fateful day in 1937, but her colleague and friend, Fred Noonan, the pattern for pilots ending up here for some reason might suggest that the true identity of Lord Kragen may have something to do with our own world too. Especially given the wobbly-wobbliness of traveling there in the first place.

Surely it couldn’t be Noonan himself could it? Fallen through the sky and back in time? Or, another fallen angel who’s had the time–and the ingenuity–to rise above it all and dominate this world? After all, Kragen doesn’t seem to recognise his old friend, so maybe it isn’t him. I just find it more than a coincidence that missing pilots and aeroplane passengers such as DB Cooper wind up in the same dimension. We shall see in subsequent issues, I am sure.

Sumeyye once again hits it out of the park with some more solid design work filling out this place with exotic looking alien lifeforms, and adding both pastoral and urban details to this elsewhere world. Faerber is having a great time bringing together contemporary aeronautic disappearances that have had their own urban myths attached to them, and runs with it. I can only hope more missing persons will turn up either in this series, or a follow up.

So, a fun fantasy read with a gutsy central hero who, as she did in life, seems to show little fear but all the spirit of an adventurer.

Elsewhere #2 is out now priced at $3.99 from Image Comics.