Learn G. Willow Wilson’s new afterword for AIR Quantity 1

Earlier this week Darkish Horse Comics launched a brand new collected version of Air, the creator-owned collection by G. Willow Wilson and M.Okay. Perker. The primary quantity of the brand new collections comes from the Karen Berger-curated Berger E book imprint at Dark Horse, and contains a new cowl by Perker and a brand new afterword by Wilson. Right now The Beat is happy to current an unique have a look at Wilson’s afterword, in addition to at course of paintings by Perker for the ebook’s new cowl. Verify that out beneath, and search for Air Quantity 1 in shops now.

By G. Willow Wilson

Within the fourteen years since AIR was first launched, some issues have modified on the planet of air journey, and a few have remained precisely the identical. We’re nonetheless inexplicably taking off our sneakers at safety checkpoints. It’s nonetheless essentially the most politicized type of mass transit, although for various causes. And whereas a lot of the magic is gone, changed by a grim slog crushed into ever-shrinking seats accompanied by nonexistent foods and drinks, the pandemic taught us that there’s nonetheless sufficient nostalgia for flight that individuals are keen to board a aircraft merely to circle within the air for half an hour and land once more. Suspended between earth and sky, between time zones, one thing uncanny occurs to the best way we understand the world.

Preliminary sketch by M.Okay. Perker

AIR takes this uncanny in-betweenness and extrapolates it into one thing fairly actually magical. What if we may journey not simply by way of area, however by way of metaphor? What if there have been locations to which we may escape that aren’t tethered to geography? The result’s a surreal tumble by way of delusion, legend and conspiracy concept. There’s a love story, and a narrative about loss, and about navigating a world that’s now not recognizable–one thing we ourselves battle with as our personal world careens right into a future that feels more and more unsure.

Completed cowl minus commerce costume

It’s all the time fascinating to revisit one’s personal work from a long time previous. It’s a tangible snapshot of who you had been in that second: what you had been concerned with, what you had been preoccupied with, what you fearful about. I hope that AIR might be as significant to readers at present because it was to MK and myself once we first set out on this journey. So sit again, chill out, get pleasure from a snack–we nonetheless serve complimentary meals on this flight–and prepare for takeoff.