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Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Art: Christian Ward
Dark Horse $3.99
Jo S: I was fully expecting to go wildly overboard about the art in this comic and was prepared to work hard to appreciate the story along with it as Christian Ward is such a favourite of mine but I find myself totally effusive about both elements, and the spellbinding result they blend into. Wilson has built a detailed universe with its own intricate theology and Ward has taken the magic of her work and amplified it in kaleidoscopic colour and stunning architecture. Invisible Kingdom is a story of two people from impossibly different backgrounds; Grix, a hardened freighter pilot, operating deliveries for a kind of interplanetary, penny-pinching, staff-exploiting Amazon, and Vess, initiate of the Siblings of Severity, born on a planet of poets, now seeking the life of a ‘None’ in the Church of the Renunciation. Their stories are told in parallel initially, and as the thread of one weaves in and out of the other, symmetries and comparisons arise, in spite of the diametrically opposing lifestyles of the two. Ward's work is, in my opinion, peerless: at times he gives a feeling of swimming in a tropical aquarium of lurid colour, then a nebula pricked through with stars, then suddenly seeing a vista of towering impossible yet somehow credible architecture, and page structure literally built out of a city's walls and barriers. This is a superb start. 9/10