‘She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot #3’ - Comic Book Review

I don’t want to condone doing drugs for people who live in places in which it is still illegal. I’m not going to say with absolute certainty that I was under the influence of cannabis when I read this issue. What I will say, though, is that if you were going to choose to read a comic book while high . . . this is the one to do so.

I don’t even know where to begin breaking down the plot. Going into details without a lot of backstory would make people go, “Huh?” She Could Fly is a fever dream that's grounded in the emotional landscape of a very troubled, but ultimately hopeful, young woman by the name of Luna. Like her namesake, her mental illness waxes and wanes. Part of what drives her is her fixation on a woman who could fly (with the help of a sort of backpack). When that anonymous woman exploded in mid-air, it sent Luna and everyone around her spiraling into a world of intrigue, violence, and surreal episodes of horror and beauty.

On one side of this story is a very human depiction of schizophrenia, as Luna has found her first boyfriend. It’s sweet, it’s funny, and it really is wonderful seeing someone taking an active part in her day-to-day episodes. On the other side of this, Luna’s grandmother - who everyone has assumed is dead - lives in the sewers, has some sort of weird magical powers, and people worship her like she’s a god.

And yet, there are those that still wish to fly - bad people, and as Luna finds herself becoming fixated again, those forces once again begin to reach a boiling point.

This comic is brilliant on both a personal and a cosmic level. It’s a dramatic coming-of-age story that meets the Venn Diagram with Alejandro Jodorowsky or Philip K. Dick. This creative team - Cantwell, Morazzo, Robbins, and Mrva - is fusing these genres together and making it look easy.


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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