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Splash page from Skyward #1, Image Comics (2018).

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#1 Comic of the week: Skyward

An airy opening to a heavy new world

Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett

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Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Welcome to #1 Comic of the Week, a new series where our comics editor, Susana Polo, tips you off to a neat new story or series that kicked off in comics this week — just in time for some weekend reading.

This week’s issue is Skyward #1, a comic from a surprising new creator that flings us into an absurd anti-gravity apocalypse — but still takes time to ground its story with tidbits of world building and a charming cast.

[Correction: In an auspicious start to this new series, I’ve mistaken the release date for Skyward #1. It hits shelves on April 18. Still, it seems pretty cool. See you next week, to hear about a comic that definitely will have come out in that week. I promise.]

From Skyward #1, Image Comics (2018). Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett

In the world of Skyward, life on earth was redefined forever on the day that gravity stopped working. Every one in humanity is just a slip and a mistake from flying helplessly off into the sky. Our main character is Willa, a high-flying Ariel, whose adventures begin when she discovers a way to return the world to normal.

Skyward’s fantastical story and kinetic visuals come from the minds of Joe Henderson — writer and producer on White Collar and Almost Human, and showrunner on Fox’s Lucifer, based on the Vertigo comic of the same name — and Lee Garbett, a comics artist veteran of Midnighter, Batgirl, and Loki: Agent of Asgard.

“Skyward is all of my favorite things mashed together,” Henderson said when the series was announced. “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.”

Together, Henderson and Garbett imbue Skyward’s setting with a real sense of life. 20 years after G-Day, kids are still mystified by artifacts of the ancient civilization that’s only a generation old.

Skyward is an upcoming monthly series from Image Comics. If you can’t swing by your local comic shop to pick up its #1 issue up on April 18, it’s also available digitally.

The cover of Skyward #1, Image Comics (2018).
The cover of Skyward #1.
Lee Garbett

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