Skybound/Image Comics 2014
Written by Chris Dingess
Illustrated by Matthew Roberts
Coloured by Owen Gieni
Every month I look forward to this series because I have no clue what direction it’s going to take and what twist on the local wildlife we are going to see. This issue I hadn’t expected to open with a group of hanged men but after the actions that ended the last issue and what we see after this I understand it but that doesn’t make any less shocking to see. Chris has this way of keeping this so fresh, exciting and unpredictable so that each issue seems almost like a brand new adventure. This is historical fiction blended with science fiction and a whole slew of just imaginative genius.
I do like the narration at the beginning here. It’s always interesting to see things through the point of view of that journal being kept as it describes things more honestly than many of them will talk about. I mean they’ve lost mor than enough men to the perils of this journey already and having to put their own down because of treason well that’s a hard pill to swallow and morale yeah kind of kills that as well. So while the crew deals with that no one, including us dear readers, could have been prepared for what was to come next.
After the fight with the very big, brawny and slightly hunky blonde Fricke while the boys are having a discussion about what the heck just went down, that contains some incredibly good characterization by the way, they hear the voice of someone else talking to them. Oh and thank you for what he says that the boys sound like an old nuptialed pairing and well i’d love to see them have an affair at some point! Men traveling predominantly in the company of men c’mon let’s see something like that happen I mean why not.
Oh hello Blue Bird Fezron muppet creature that bites and spreads poison and one whose kind flew off with the man the night previous. Okay so he’s not a muppet but I mean c’mon it’s what comes to mind seeing him speak. Okay i’m more impressed with that the crew members behind Lewis & Clark are more angry at being called English than mystified that the bird creature talks. It’s silly and quite possibly the best demonstration of a defense mechanism that i’ve seen in comics. So what happens with Etten while doesn’t let Dawhog off the hook does go a long way to building some kind of trust.
Oh and the characterization here expands beyond what we’ve seen as ongoing plot lines keep going forward. Madame Boniface and her reactions to what has been going on lately adds a great deal of tension and drama to an already volatile situation.
Why they take Dawhog to his people is beyond me but I have to say I’m enjoy it! I mean thank you Matthew and Owen for bringing their world to life so beautifully. Then the last page with that conveniently placed panel, shame on you for that, well it just keeps this whole thing moving more and more into the bizarre.
A whole community of Fezron with their own civilization complete with rituals and traditions not mention speech hidden away in the middle of the country yeah this is why we love this series because you just have no clue as to what’s going to happen and what they are going to encounter!
This is the pinnacle of imagination brought to life.