There aren’t many characters in fiction who deserve a happy ending as much as Luna Brewster, yet she’s riddled with bullet holes on the cover of She Could Fly #4. What happens on covers doesn’t always happen in the issue — something I learned as a seven year old buying only the comics with my hero Wolverine on them only to find that he was barely in them. Writer Christopher Cantwell and artist Martin Morrazzo double down on foreshadowing the sad ending more in the first panel: Luna dressed as Death from Ingmar Berman’s The Seventh Seal. The message from that cover and that panel is clear: death is coming.
She Could Fly #4 is the last in the first arc, and so anything can happen. Luna can die. So can anyone else. Verna showed up at the Brewster family home with the MacGuffin plans at the end of last issue. It’s not long before the next guests arrive, all of whom have violent intentions for the Brewsters. Everyone who’s been chasing the accelerator converges for an epic climax.
It’s a satisfying conclusion to the first four-issue arc that utilizes Morazzo’s talent for drawing violent eviscerations.
You should seek out this issue if you have the first 3, or wait for the trade paperback coming on March 19 if you haven’t. The first arc is excellent. In my last few reviews, I’ve talked about the way that Cantwell and co. have broken out of the Hollywood mold with their portrayal of mental illness. Luna’s neither defined by her mental illness, and as Cantwell puts it in his sign out, “None of these kinds of struggles — for anyone — exist solely in the past.”
Cantwell also talks about how he’s drawn from his own OCD to write Luna. It’s so hard for a writer to be vulnerable, but this vulnerability leads to incredible work in She Could Fly. Like Robert Frost said, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.”
Dark Horse will release She Could Fly #4 on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. Don’t miss it!
Wicked Rating: 9/10