What would you do if you could fly? Would you use those powers to escape your demons or reach new heights? Would you try to help others or would you simply fly around the city? Would you even be aware of what people think of you in whatever your choice would be?
Legendary comics editor Karen Berger (Sandman, Preacher, Fables) announced on SYFY WIRE back in April a new comic called She Could Fly that would be published through her Berger Books imprint at Dark Horse. It is put together by AMC's Halt and Catch Fire co-creator and showrunner Christopher Cantwell and artist Martin Morazzo (Ice Cream Man). In July, the first issue of She Could Fly came out to critical praise for its relatable depiction of mental illness, obsession, and identity struggles via a beautifully-depicted, offbeat story about a teenage girl who looks to the skies for inspiration. It also deals with how everyone handles differently, what we keep secret to ourselves and away from others.
Luna is a disturbed 15-year-old girl who like much of the city is captivated by a mysterious woman seen flying around the city. When the woman spontaneously combusts one day, some wonder if the entire tragedy was an elaborate hoax, amongst other theories. How Luna decides to process this event and loss with her mental state is just half of the story. The other half involves a secret government agent that has also been watching the phenomena of the flying woman, who continues to be a major subplot that unfolds as the series continues.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, SYFY WIRE spoke with Cantwell about his new comic and its ability to move the conversation about mental health forward. We also talked about how writing television helped him enter the world of comics, how She Could Fly has been therapeutic for him and his own bouts with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and having Berger as a shepherd on his first venture into comics.
Check it out and let us know what you think about She Could Fly and Christopher Cantwell in the comments section below.