She Could Fly Volume One: Obsessive Propulsion
Christopher Cantwell, writer; Martin Morazzo, artist; Miroslav Mrva, colorist
Dark Horse Books, 2019

This is my first Berger Books project, and it certainly has the tone of a Vertigo book. The title makes it look like the story is about a mysterious flying woman who was seen in the skies above Chicago 11 times over the course of 51 days: until she dies in a fiery mid-air explosion (which happens in the first of the four issues in the collection). But really it is mainly about a troubled young woman named Luna, whose obsession with the flying woman takes her into unexpected territory.

There is no indication that the flying was considered superpowered or supernatural, and so it is no surprise that Luna's investigations lead her to defense contractors, U.S. government agents, and foreign government agents. It's enough to result in a complicated, action-packed climactic shoot-out. In the end Luna finds a way to face her mental problems and seek help, which feels like the main point of the story.

Cantwell makes his comics debut here: he is mainly known as the co-creator/showrunner of the AMC's show Halt and Catch Fire. Morazzo is known for the Image Comics series Great Pacific and Ice Cream Man. Together they created a dynamic comic. It feels like it is being pulled in different directions: is it an action story, or is it about mental illness and healing? Perhaps a sequel will have a clearer focus.

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