Reviews – IDW Publishing: Wild Blue Yonder #1

Posted: June 26, 2013 in Reviews - IDW Publishing
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Written By: Mike Raicht / Story By: Mike Raicht, Zach Howard, Austin Harrison
Art By: Zach Howard / Colours By: Nelson Daniel / Letters By: Thompson Knox
Price: $3.99

This one is definitely looking like its going to be an interesting story. I’ve picked up a number of limited series first issues over the last few weeks, but Wild Blue Yonder is one of the few that grabbed me right in that first issue and made me want to see it straight through to the end of the series.

So what are we dealing with in Wild Blue Yonder? Well, think of it like this: start with the classic new guy in town/on the team story, set in a post-apocalyptic world with a heavy focus on airplanes, then throw in a slight Firefly feel and some mother/daughter issues, and lo and behold, you’ve got Wild Blue Yonder. The basic idea here is that the better life in this world is to be in the skies, if you’re land bound, you’re basically a miner or nothing. The pinnacle of this better life is the Dawn, an airship that, so it is whispered, never refuels (think about that for a second and you’ll figure it out pretty quick). In a world where resources such as fuel are limited, this is a very important fact, and the center of the story’s conflict, as a man known as the Judge, the leader of the strongest fleet in the world, is clearly intent on making the Dawn his own. The story itself appears as if it will focus on Cola, the classic young rebel who thinks she knows best, even better then her Captain on the Dawn, who also happens to be her mother, and Tug, the aforementioned new guy who has just been recruited by Cola to be the newest member of the Dawn’s crew and replacement for a recently fallen friend. First up for Tug, he’s got to learn to be a jet pack warrior.

I really hope that something in what I’ve just said appeals to you and that I’ve done the book justice because it really is a fun, exciting book while still being a little bit dark and gritty making it a pretty interesting read for slightly older, more mature readers who don’t want to get to deep into the darkness.

Score: 8.0


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