Accepting Faith And Rejecting Lux – Invisible Kingdom #1 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
A delivery ship for the Lux corporation has trouble near a small moon near the Planet Qari. They pull of an emergency landing on the moon, and the crew isn’t happy. The landing prompts the captain to check the cargo, and she finds evidence of something disturbing. In the capital of the Planet Duni, a Roolian makes the blindfolded pilgrimage through the crowded city to the Renunciation Monastery to become a None and find the Invisible Kingdom.

Invisible Kingdom #1 cover by Christian Ward
Invisible Kingdom #1 cover by Christian Ward

Invisible Kingdom #1 follows two stories across space from one another: that of a delivery crew seeking payment and that of a religious pilgrim seeking enlightenment and ascendance. These are two very disparate stories, but they both circulate around the Lux corporation and its influence.
It’s not often in widely-distributed comics that you get to read about someone earnestly seeking religion. This makes Vess, the Renunciation pilgrim, feel like a fairly fresh character in modern comics.
Vess’ story is the most intriguing part of this first issue by far. The delivery crew has their charms, but we don’t learn much about any one character. All we know is that they are employees and unwilling puppets to a massive interplanetary corporation. We get a more personal and vulnerable look at Vess, so she shines the most in this opening installment.
Invisible Kingdom #1 art by Christian Ward and letterer Sal Cipriano
Invisible Kingdom #1 art by Christian Ward and letterer Sal Cipriano

Christian Ward brings a strange and vibrant style to the visuals of this comic. In Black Bolt and Thor, he proved himself to have a unique and gorgeous manner of rendering space, and he repeats that feat in this book. The alien species on display look damn good too. He wrings emotion out of figures in a rather visceral way too. His color art is vibrant and unparalleled too. He really is a unique talent.
Invisible Kingdom #1 is a grabbing first issue. Its characters are interesting, and the story has a lot of promise. G. Willow Wilson is easily one of the most interesting and engaging writers in modern comics, and I look forward to seeing what she will accomplish with this comic. It definitely gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Invisible Kingdom comes to us from writer G. Willow Wilson, artist and cover artist Christian Ward, and letterer Sal Cipriano.

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