If you ask anyone if they could have one super power, flight is easily one of the top answers. It would definitely get you on the board on Family Feud. What if you had something that was the next closest thing to flying through the air with the greatest of ease? Skyward, a new series from Image Comics looks at a world where gravity has suddenly become a fraction of what it is now.
Written by Joe Henderson and illustrated by Lee Garbett, the comic picks up twenty years after this event where humanity has adapted to this new, low-gravity reality.
Willa Fowler, a woman born just after the world-altering “G-Day,” thinks this is all pretty great. That is, until she accidentally stumbles upon a dangerous plan to bring gravity back, putting her life in danger.
Writer Joe Henderson says:
Skyward is my all of my favorite things mashed together. It’s a coming-of-age story filled with action and humor, devastation and hope. It explores a world turned upside down, where anyone can leap tall buildings with a single bound… but if you jump too high, you die. And getting to see Lee Garbett bring it to glorious life is a dream come true.
Artist Lee Garbett adds:
When I first read the pitch for Skyward it felt like fate had had a hand in putting it my way. Like it had been written for me and designed to push all my buttons. Joe Henderson’s script—as well as that killer high-concept—was so rich, his characters so warm and full of life, that I was hooked and holding on to this baby with both hands like it was chained to the ground on G-Day. I hope the readers will have the same experience.
The more I think about Skyward, the more I’m reminded of that Game Genie cheat code for Super Mario Bros called “moonwalking” where you could jump and just soar across the entire level. Something tells me there’s a bit more nuance with this comic.
Look for Skyward #1 at your local comic shop or digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. The final order cutoff date for retailers is Monday, March 26th.