Wild Blue Yonder Volumes #1 and #2: Review
Well I’m late to the party, but what a party it is! Who doesn’t just love an epic sci-fi steam punk adventure set in a 1940’s style dystopian future? I know I do! With the recent news of uber talented comic book writer Mike Raicht’s The Stuff of Legend being optioned for a movie deal by Walt Disney Pictures, I thought I’d take the opportunity to pick up Raicht’s latest series Wild Blue Yonder.
And I’m glad I did. Being that I’m someone who usually picks up unusual indie titles, this series really hits the comic book G spot for me. It’s one of the best new series I’ve picked up in a while and Raicht wastes no time throwing us straight into his world with sufficient tid-bits of exposition without taking us off story. I’m a big fan of post-apocalyptic drama and Wild Blue Yonder delivers.
The story takes place in a bleak and grim dystopian future in which much of the Earth’s surface is a dead, irradiated and polluted wasteland. Much of what remains of humanity has taken to the skies and high mountain peaks if they are lucky enough to be afforded the privilege, those who aren’t remain on the surface mining minerals to provide energy for the lucky ones above.
Life in the skies is a constant battle for resources between societies struggling to survive against one another, not to mention the nefarious air pirates that plague the skies and make for some extremely page turning World War II-esque dogfights. Amidst all of this the strong and endearing characters that inhabit Raicht’s world are without doubt the titles biggest strengths, no matter how unreal their world feels the characters themselves feel as real as real gets.
Particularly talented fighter pilot Cola, our protagonist, a somewhat quirky girl who has a complex relationship between her mother Olivia, leader of the legendary airship The Dawn, their home. They both want to protect their people but don’t always see eye to eye, and family drama makes for good reading.
It’s all very epic and has somewhat of a Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow feel to it, only this is actually good. Did I say “good”? Blasphemy! I mean fucking brilliant! Not only does Raicht give us a story that’s hard to put down but the art from Zach Howard is pure eye candy, particularly excelling in wide open dogfights and scenery shots.
Volume 2 seems to push the story along just as hard and heavy as volume 1 and with less exposition and back story than the previous issue, it takes the character development to a new high, and Zach Howard’s artwork is taken to new levels of awesome throughout. Overall, Raicht continues to hold up a strong level of storytelling here and it remains incredibly engaging which is a rare feat for even most of my favorite comic series’ consecutively. If you love a good solid steam punk sci-fi without a needlessly complex plot (which is all too common in many series lately) then Wild Blue Yonder is for you, and I can’t wait to delve into volume 3!
In the meantime, I’m going to just pour over Zach Howard’s artwork again and again!
Volume #3 of Wild Blue Yonder will be available late October.
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