Skyward #2 Review

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Posted May 24, 2018 by Kyle Simcox in Comic Books

Written By: Joe Henderson

Art By: Lee Garbett

Published By: Image Comics

I have to say it: I did not like Skyward #1, but thankfully, the second issue picks up the pace and feels much better. This time, we get to go down to the streets of Chicago, to see how the wealthy are doing and finally meet the villain of Skyward’s upside down world.

After a somewhat gruesome scene of Earth’s orbit, issue #2 starts up pretty much where the first left off. Willow’s father has a plan to fix Earth’s gravity, but Willow has other plans when she finds out her father was friends with the rich and powerful Roger Barrow. Both men worked on the same project, so Willow thinks she can reach out to Roger and journeys down to the streets. Barrow though, has a different idea, as if whats revealed about him being selfish wasn’t a dead give away.

Predictably, the rich and powerful are dicks and they’re a bit out of touch, but that’s where it gets interesting. Unlike the run down, decaying upper portions of Chicago where the poorer citizens live, their lives solely dependent on tethers and the worn canisters on their backs to keep from floating into the stratosphere, the streets are an entirely different environment. Bright lights, clubs and billboards with their latest magnetic trends. Instead if tethers stringed along the buildings, their streets and sidewalks are covered in metal so it’s citizens can walk along the ground with magnetized shoes living a seemingly “normal” life. They think the poor who float up above them do weird stuff, like not using toilets for instance. Those that haven’t experienced it are terrified of floating away. Instead of canisters of air, their security force comes equipped with jet packs.

Skyward has thankfully stepped up its game with it’s second issue. It was nice to see what G-Day has done to everyone including Willow’s father and the effects its had on the social hierarchy. Its also a bit more fun than the last issue without seeming too absurd, and the narrative it a bit tighter too. While it certainly isn’t perfect Skyward is heading in a better direction, especially now that we have a villain on the scene to make matters worse for our heroine.


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