Saturday, June 26, 2010

Air #22

Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by MK Perker

It seems that everyone, including the characters of this terrific Vertigo series, know that the book is coming to an early end.  They seem to mention 'endings' enough in this issue, as Blythe embarks on her final test to become a Hyperprax pilot - she has to circumnavigate the world, following in the footsteps (flightpath?) of her mentor Amelia Earhart.

Of course, this time around, the expectation is that Blythe will succeed where Amelia failed.  Blythe is determined to do it on her own, and not call in the assistance of the friendly Aztec god Quetz.  Of course, the Etesian Front has different goals, as they make their return to these pages.

I've been saying since the series began that I find Air to be a unique and refreshing comic compared to most of what is on the stands these days.  Wilson is using her tale of a slightly neurotic girl's journey to self-actualization as a platform for some interesting notions about the nature of time and our perception of it, and has crafted a terrific example of strong characterization.

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