‘She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot #2’ - Advance Comic Book Review

Reading She Could Fly is like slipping into someone else’s madness, and it fits far too comfortably.

The first volume of She Could Fly focused on everyone’s obsession of finding out who the woman that could fly was and how she managed to do it. Some people wanted to know so they could profit from how she got the technology. Some people wanted to know so they could stop others from getting their hands on it first. For Luna, a teenager suffering from an extreme form of schizophrenia, it was a belief - a chance that she could fly above her illness, to be released from it all. After the woman who could fly exploded in mid-air, the hunt intensified, and Luna found herself involved in an international battle over who could get the technology first that ended in a chaotic blood bath.

The second volume, The Lost Pilot, jumps a year into the future and puts the characters from the first volume into a blender; we watch as they get tossed and tumbled around. Luna’s father still believes his mother (who was shot in the head) is still alive, and he has every right to believe that because her body disappeared. She actually is still alive, acting as a sort of spiritual soothsayer in the sewers. It’s difficult to know if she has powers, but she seems to. Meanwhile, Luna has suddenly and very quickly found herself a boyfriend, and the powers that were on the hunt for the technology previously are beginning to amass again.

She Could Fly is, in many ways, a surreal comedy of errors, pitting the characters against their greatest fears and desires, as well as the fear that you simply won’t seem normal to anyone else because of those things. It’s brilliant storytelling on so many levels. The fact that Cantwell and Morazzo have found something universal within Luna’s psychosis is a victory. Some moments are breathtakingly brutal and violent, and other moments are beautiful and tender. You laugh and you cringe, and you root for Luna every step of the way.

Creative Team: Christopher Cantwell (writer), Martín Morazzo (artist), Clem Robbins (letters), Miroslav Mrva (colors), Karen Berger (editor), Rachel Roberts (associate editors), Mike Richardson (publisher), Adam Pruett (digital art technician)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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