Red5 Comics 2021
Created & Written by Preston Poulter
Pencilled by Lovalle Davis
Inked by Walden Wong & Diana Greenhaigh
Coloured by Alonso Espinoza
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
Lilya Litvak is destined to become the greatest female fighter pilot of all time, flying for the Russian Army in World War II against the Germans who conquered who home in Poland. But first she's got to survive harsh commanders, sexist trainers and bad equipment before she'll get the chance to face German planes and bullets.
I rather like this story already. It’s set in WWII, the Soviet Union, and our heroine of the hour is a nice Jewish girl from Poland whose family has already suffered mightily at the hands of the Nazi’s and the Russians. There’s more to her than just simply this however you’ll have to learn what that is on your own. Suffice it to say that this is not what I had expected to see and it certainly raises the stakes in many regards. If you look at history we see women in the armed forces at this time and usually they are fly girls but this is the first time we’ve really seen from the Russian standpoint which is pretty darn interesting.
I am enjoying the way that this is being told. How we see the story & plot development through the sequence of events upholding and how we learn information is presented beautifully. I do appreciate seeing the air-raids not having the real desired effect they should have, when something is so constant in ones life it tends to get ignored and blasé if you will of course until it’s really too late. Kind of the boy who cried wolf for example. The character development is extraordinary to me. Seeing how the act and react to the circumstances and situations they encounter and how they are treated by Captain Kazarinova. Oh yeah we can see how this is going to be interesting. The pacing is great and the way we see the story, the world and the introduction of characters is extremely nice to see.
With how this book is being structured and how the layers within the story are emerging it highlights some nice skill and talent from Preston. Also I do very much like how everything works together to create the story’s ebb & flow. There is a lot happening here and as we get started it’s nice to see that no matter how much there is, nothing feels rushed, glossed over or simply put into this.
The interiors here are pretty stunning. The linework is gorgeous and how the varying weights we see work to create the details is phenomenal. I am impressed with how we see the utilisation of backgrounds throughout the book and how they work within the composition of the panels. They enhance the moments as they also bring some nice depth perception, sense of scale and that overall sense of size and scope to the story. The utilisation of the page layouts and including the suddenly sideways pages and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a remarkably talented eye for storytelling. Though this is one that needs to be read physically because the flipping to sideways on a computer isn’t as fun or easy. The colour work is beautifully rendered as well. How we see the various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is brilliantly done. I’m also a huge fan of the various blues in the sky and how that is seen through gradation. The way colour is laid down through various techniques is wonderful to see.
This may be based on a true story and it just goes to show that everyday people in the real world do extraordinary things. We’ve all heard that truth is stranger than fiction and without what we know and have seen or experienced we wouldn’t have mediums such as this. This is a beautifully told story that has everything you could possibly want and so much more.