Mini review: Skyward, Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragonflies by Henderson & Garbett

You’re right. You didn’t kill my dad. But I didn’t either. He sacrificed himself. Because he loved me. And giving you a single shred of credit for what he did takes away from that.
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (As good as, if not better than, Vol. 1!)

What’s This Book About?

Genre: Science-fiction (graphic novel)

Synopsis: Willa Fowler’s low-gravity journey continues in this collection of Issues #6-#10 of the critically acclaimed comic series! (Read my review of Vol. 1 here!)

Now a fugitive, Willa flees Chicago – and runs headlong into several new dangers awaiting outside the city…many of which are giant, man-eating bugs.

But when she takes refuge with some low-G farmers, she stumbles into a deadly plot to attack the city. Revenge has never been so complicated. Can Willa outrun her past, or will she be forced to turn and face it?

What I Thought:

Another action-packed and visually stunning treat from the Skyward team! I loved the first volume, but this one may edge out to be my favourite so far. It’s hilarious, terrifying and mysterious in turn, and I can’t wait for Vol. 3! Especially with that cliffhanger ending… (If that’s who I think it is, then HOT DAMN am I ready to read on!) Plot exposition is masterful, skilfully using crossed wires, overheard snippets of dialogue and imaginative vantage points to flesh out the narrative without ever feeling clunky. And always beautiful to behold, of course! Willa’s characterisation is nuanced, as are those around her, and I liked that there were multiple antagonists with different motives – nicely illustrating the moral spectrum of human nature. How far would you go for revenge?

The supplemental (script and sketches) at the back was also awesome, especially as someone who aspires to write and illustrate a graphic novel of her own one day.

Thanks for reading! Have you read Skyward? Leave any comic/graphic novel recommendations below!

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