Story: Christopher Cantwell
Art: Martin Morazzo
Colors: Miroslav Mrva
What They Say:
In Chicago, an unknown woman appears flying at speeds of 120 miles per hour and at heights reaching 2,000 feet. Then she suddenly dies in a fiery explosion mid-air. No one knows who she was, how she flew, or why. Luna, a disturbed 15-year-old girl becomes obsessed with learning everything about her while rumors and conspiracy theories roil. Will cracking the secrets of the Flying Woman’s inner life lead to the liberation from her own troubled mind?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
One of the things I love about comics with interesting covers and titles is that they can lead some sometimes very interesting books. I went into She Could Fly with no knowledge about it and got to have the fun of a completely newly experience with no real preconceptions as to what Christopher Cantwell was intending with story and and character and what Martin Morazzo was bringing in for the designs. The series may feel like a slow and twisted descent into the problematic way the mind works while mixing a bigger problem into it but it delivers a strong experience that leaves you wanting a lot more in order to understand just what’s going on.
The primary focus is on Luna, a high school girl with some severe anxiety and barely working coping mechanisms. I’m not going to try and analyze her and what she’s dealing with but we see how her mind views the worst of results from any interaction, most of them leading to various forms of death or incarceration for her and others. She lives with her parents just outside of Chicago and her grandmother has just arrived from a seven year stint of silence in Kyoto. She’s barely holding on when you get down to it but what’s been helping is her obsession and interest in the mystery woman seen over the last two months flying through the sky around Chicago and nearby areas. It’s been a huge curiosity with no explanation for everyone but Luna has latched on hard to it.
To complement all of this we get to look at a range of other characters. Luna’s counselor/therapist in school is relatively new but the previous person told her to really watch her as a top priority. This provides us a little more insight into Luna but also how things impact someone that’s “normal” as well. More curious is a man that we see elsewhere who is engaging with a prostitute in her services, almost on a regular and relationship-like schedule, that could be more of a real thing. It’s a curious piece at first but it seems like he’s involved in the flying woman to some degree because a couple of Chinese nationals have employed him to create what she’s likely using and they want to know where their product is and are intending to bring him back to China one way or another. You can see aspects of how all of this will tie together but mostly we get a lot of stage setting here.
She Could Fly is off to an interesting start and part of that comes down to a lot of exposure to therapists and psychology the last few years through my own family. You can see some interesting areas to explore with it but I’m kind of wary of Luna with just how intense she is because that can be a tough read for a lot of people. It’s far too realistic in a lot of ways and the latching onto the flying person is a natural response that’s going to go badly. Cantwell works the various threads very well here so that everything feels like it exists prior to the first page while Morazzo’s artwork is very appropriate for this project as it plays in the real world and in the world of the mind’s eye. I’m really curious to see where it’s going to go and the reality of the situation ahead.
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: July 11th, 2018