Skyward #2 Review: Moving Down in the World, Only Literally

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Willa's father thinks he has the solution to Earth's lack of gravity, but Willa is unwilling to believe her father due to his inability to leave the house since G-Day. After a discussion with her courier friends, she decides to seek out Roger Barrow, who lives on the streets of Chicago. He used to work with her father, and she hopes he can help her with her father.

Skyward #2 cover by Lee Garbett
Skyward #2 cover by Lee Garbett

Skyward #2 flies straight for the class allegory with the ironic reversal of positioning. The rich of Chicago live on the street with their magne-boots which keep them from floating. However, the boots are very expensive, and the poor folk of the city must live untethered to the Earth in the upper levels of the city's skyscrapers. It's a bit on the nose, but I can dig it.

The second issue loses some of the flowing pace and fun of the first installment, but the plot is more directed as a result. Willa has a goal and a direction. She's still a charming and easily lovable lead, so it's not hard to stay invested simply because the story is about her.

Also, if you already have some guesses about the role Roger Barrow will play in this story, you're right.

Skyward #2 art by Lee Garbett and Antonio Fabela
Skyward #2 art by Lee Garbett and Antonio Fabela

Lee Garbett and Antonio Fabela deliver another visually appealing issue with the same stylism and grit of the first installment. The figures are dynamic and almost always look like they're on the move. Body language is as expressive as facial movement. The colors are well-balanced and often have strong contrasts to draw the eye.

Skyward #2 isn't as fun as the first issue, but it is still a good installment. The plot has direction, Willa is still lovable as hell, and the art continues to look great. As such, this issue earns a recommendation too. Pick it up.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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