Comic Book Review: She Could Fly #1
Very quickly when I heard of this title and what this story was about, I found myself instantly hooked. Its one thing when you’re following the story of someone extraordinary, and from that person’s perspective like any other superhero story. However, She Could Fly shakes it up where our main character is captivated by the idea that someone extraordinary exists out there and is quickly consumed by this sense of wonder. The kind that makes you forget about everything painful about your dry everyday life. I’m sure that on some level some of us can relate to this where we run towards something or someone amazing that will distract us from all that is actually going wrong.
At the start of this first issue, our introduction to Luna was not at all what I expected when the words disturbed came to mind. You may have initially thought simply obsessive in terms of this Flying Woman as well. Yet you would be wrong when struck by where we first meet Luna, and the image painted of what it means for her to be disturbed. Bold right? I appreciate that they held nothing back when it came to what she was working through. That is what we should see when someone is talking about flawed characters. Not the cliche, but real flaws that you don’t get over after some journey of self-discovery. At the end of the day, if you are worrying about making readers uncomfortable, then you are not telling the story that you want to tell. My heart did sink at some scenes that played through Luna’s head, but there is someone out there who suffers from those same thoughts and fears as hers. If you aren’t willing to take readers outside of their comfort zone, then it is not the story that they should be reading if they want to read something that offers something different from everything else.
We live in a world where demons exist everywhere, even to those who seem like they live a perfect life, and the idea of flying almost represents the weight lifted when you find a release. When the moment came where this Flying Woman exploded in the air, you still could not prepare for what happened even though knowing this was where the story was leading to. This could have been any other murder mystery, but it was the reaction from Luna that makes this special. For everything that you learn about Luna, the thoughts that plague her, the way she idolized this woman, and the hope she had in the concept of flight, this death was that fearful moment where you braced for all that can go wrong with someone disturbed like her.
There was a couple smaller stories told in-between Luna’s, and that was a point of interest only because at first there wasn’t a true relevance you could find to where these people fit in the bigger picture. Not until it came time to address the conspiracy behind this Flying Woman. When the players are set, you are on the other hand left wondering how a fifteen-year old girl will get too involved without getting in over her head. Maybe there will be purpose given to her curse? I don’t know, but if you are invested in this story, it is because you are drawn-in by the fascination of mysteries.
At first, I wasn’t all too sure about what I would think about the interior art for this book. When it comes to one like She Could Fly, you have an expectation that the artwork will match the quality of the story hyped. I was satisfied with what Martin Morazzo and Miroslav Mrva delivered. They perfectly captured this fifteen-year old girl who seems timid and afraid of her own shadow. Eyes wide, hair a bit unkept, struggling with eye contact, and never giving genuine responses with her body language. All of that helped convince you of this girl’s problems consistently. What took this a step further was their ability to take things a step further when it came to the disturbing thoughts. If the word graphic didn’t come to mind when assuming what her condition was like, then they certainly catch you off guard with the imagery they were able to create through brutality and a few things whimsical. I’m just glad that there was also a restraint that you give credit to Mrva on colors for since reds weren’t overused. In general the colors were fairly tame which was the best move for keeping on foot on the ground in this world.
She Could Fly #1 is the start of such a unique story. It was very different to get to know this disturbed girl, and the impact of this Flying Woman blowing up was so much stronger than words could have described leading up to this debut. Whether you’re here for the personal journey or the mystery/conspiracy, this story draws you in because it embraces the idea of being able to liberate ourselves from all that is mad-cap and wacky about this world.