ADVANCED REVIEW: ‘She Said Destroy,’ Issue #1

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She Said Destroy #1

Irish Mythology, Star Wars, with some Final Fantasy lovingly mixed in for good measure, She Said Destroy is a new series from Vault Comics. Written by Joe Corallo, with art by Liana Kangas, colors from Rebecca Nalty, letters by Melanie Ujimori, and designed by Tim Daniel, She Said Destroy #1 is a beautiful mix of high fantasy and science fiction, in the best ways.

The story of She Said Destroy #1 establishes dueling sister goddess, Brigid, Goddess of the Sun, and The Morrigan, the Goddess of Death. Over millennia, Brigid has conquered and converted the entire solar system into worshipping her and her alone, causing all other gods to die. All worship here, except one space colony. The witches of Fey are the last believers of The Morrigan, the only other God that is left.

She Said Destroy #1 is a wonderful piece of science fiction-fantasy. Corallo’s writing builds out a world easily, using the opening panels to set the scene of the world with The Morrigan’s narration. As we see those above, in a ship that belongs to Brigid, we see a stark difference between Brigid’s world, which seems new, and technology-based, and the world of the Witches of the Fey which is more natural, with trees and landscape.

This detail is especially interesting since their associations, death seems closer to the cold metal and the sun to the land, but this is just one way that She Said Destroy departs from the typical science fiction and fantasy paths. The other is the use of a diverse cast of characters to tell the story. Often, old gods are shown as European, especially with Brigid and The Morrigan as names, but here, that isn’t the case.

When it comes to storytelling, Corella does a great job of building out both the goddesses and our main character, Winona. We don’t too much, but we do know that she is chosen, the strongest among the Witches of the Fey, and the one tasked with the quest. Accompanying her is Raul, a friend and possibly much more.

Nalty’s colors are beautiful and bright. with purples and blues and pinks the focus, bringing this fantastic world alive. Kanga’s art is minimalistic and beautiful, drawing attention to the words and the actions.

Overall, She Said Destroy #1 is a strong first issue. The story is immersive, the art is beautiful, and the path forward is set up, as Brigid’s forces invade the colony, The Morrigan has given one instruction: destroy.

If you are a fan of fantasy and looking for a story that is entirely new, check out She Said Destroy #1 when it comes out May 29th. The cutoff to preorder is May 9th.

She Said Destroy #1 
4.5

TL;DR

Overall, She Said Destroy #1 is a strong first issue. The story is immersive, the art is beautiful, and the path forward is set up, as Brigid’s forces invade the colony, The Morrigan has given one instruction: destroy.