‘Invisible Kingdom #9:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Quick recap: With no good options left to them, Grix and the Sundog crew made the decision to steal back their ship. Easier said than done?

The Sundog crew have a plan… not a particularly great one, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Vess’ Roolian physiology is further explained, and while she’s fighting the changes to her body, her unique connection to Grix may just save the day. After being told by others about who she should be in the last couple of issues, it would appear that Grix may be ready to find out just who and what she wants to be. With so much on the line, we’re literally on the edge of everything!

G. Willow Wilson’s creation keeps getting better, turn after intriguing turn. Her handle on the complexity of her characters is right on point, with deft pivots and interesting, new directions. Christian Ward’s artwork finds new ways to impress me with each issue. This may be his most dynamic issue yet, with some really cool panels that, rather ironically, just demand that you pause and study how brilliant they are.  

As part of the #StoriesMatter initiative, I think it’s important to highlight why Invisible Kingdom appeals to me. On the surface, it’s a timely allegory on consumerism and how that lifestyle can consume (haha!) so much time, money, and resources. There’s also the pointed commentary that’s highlighted in this issue about the worth of an employee to large corporations that effectively shapes the public sphere. As a queer-identifying individual, I can’t help but rejoice that this is also a universe in which gender doesn’t seem to be a disqualifying factor here (Grix’s judgment may be questioned as a captain, but it’s never based on her sex or gender.) and is literally non-binary in the case of the Roolians. It’s refreshing that sexual orientation is also seemingly a nonissue in this universe.


Creative Team: G. Willow Wilson (writer), Christian Ward (artist), Sal Cipriano (letterer)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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