INVISIBLE KINGDOM VOL. 1
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Christian Ward
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Rating: 4/5 stars
To say that I went in with high hopes for Invisible Kingdom would be an understatement. I couldn’t tell which drew me in more, G Willow Wilson’s world-building or Christian Ward’s hypnotic artwork. Both are fantastic artists in their mediums and this book is a dynamic culmination of skill.
The story follows Vess who struggles to find family as she is initiated into a religious cult, and Grix, a pilot who ships goods for the mega corporation Lux. The two live in separate worlds until they unveil a conspiracy that could unravel both of their lives as well as the lives of everyone around them. This book asks the questions: Is it still the right thing to do if it means risking the collapse of society and the people who rely on you? Who are the real enemies when fighting to maintain order. Vess and Grix must ask these questions of themselves as well as their crew mates in the decision to save their worlds.
Fans of science fiction and space epics such as Dune and Foundation (two of my personal favorites) will immediately recognize the themes in Invisible Kingdom, like how line between faith and fanaticism is very thin and often times a barrier to seeing the truth.
I’ve read a lot of science fiction comics and stories this past year, but I can’t think of a more anticipated second volume of a graphic novel. I’ll definitely be at my local comic shop to pick up the single issues for this one!