Written by Joe Henderson
Art by Lee Garbett
Colors by Antonio Fabela
Letters by Simon Bowland
With a target on her back and nowhere to go, Willa is left at the back of a bullet train headed towards Kansas City to fulfill a task her father gave her before he died. But that big of a task can get pretty complicated when you have been labeled a terrorist. And well you know, giant man eating bugs.
Joe Henderson left in tears last issue, and leaves us with no time to grieve as Willa moves forward with her father’s wishes. It’s now her turn to explore the unknown and fix the world. Sounds simple enough. In the conversation with Edison, Joe Henderson shows us that Willa is holding this mission with great weight on her shoulders. Showing some hesitation to open up to Edison. As we saw in the beginning of the series, Willa was a woman without a care in the world, living an almost perfect life, happy as could be. Now with the absence of her father, the fear her father always held with him, almost seems to be stuck on Willa. But only for a short while.
In a world where gravity no longer exists, you would think the biggest threat in a forest would be getting caught on a tree branch on your way through. Well Henderson gave birth to every 4 year old’s nightmare, giant man eating bugs. With the new prime conditions of G-Day created for the insects, it forced them to adapt just like humans. And now just when I thought I got the feel of this book, a regular sci-fi adventure story, I’m now starting to feel a big Starship Troopers vibe.
With a new threat taking hold, the last part of this issue breaks open a nearly healed wound. As a father of a little girl is taken by a dragonfly, the little girl yells for anyone to help, and without hesitation, Willa jumps into action. Without Henderson telling us through words, he tells us all we need to know through Willa’s expression and actions. The father and daughter were featured at the beginning of this story, somewhat representing what Willa and her father had years ago. Seeing a little girl lose her father before Willa’s eyes must have brought on some heavy emotions and is the reason Willa was so quick to react.
Even in an unfamiliar setting, Willa is always willing to just jump. Makes you think of the underlining message of Henderson’s Skyward as a whole.
You can pick up your copy of Skyward #6 today at your local comic book shop, or at the Image Comics website.
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