AIR Vol. 1
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: M.K. Perker
Vertigo Comics, $9.99
AIR is a remarkable work by writer G. Willow Wilson and artist M.K. Perker that elevates not only the medium but Vertigo Comics in particular. The book’s protagonist is Blythe, a stewardess with an inconvenient fear of flying. But what might first be seen as Blythe’s crucial flaw will later lay the groundwork for the blossoming of her greatest talent.
Accompanying Blythe on-and-off on her journey is the enigmatic Zayn, a man of many names and disguises. Through proceedings that run from satire to the just plain surreal, the attraction and romance between our heroine and Zayn remains believable and touching, an oasis.
It admittedly took me two readings of the first issue of AIR to really get into the story; which is why I really recommend the affordably-priced trade. Comics like this just seem (at least to me) to work better as a whole, rather than serialized.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Lulus