Invisible Kingdom #3, which is published by Dark Horse Comics, is written by G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel, Wonder Woman), illustrated and colored by Christian Ward, and lettered by Sal Cipriano. The previous two issues introduced readers to the characters of Captain Grix, who works for Lux, and Vess, a Roolian who has traveled to the planet Duni and joined the Siblings of Servity in search of the Invisible Kingdom. Both Grix and Vess make a life-changing discovery; Lux and the Siblings of Servity have been laundering money under the control of Mother Proxima. Grix is trying to find out more about this without getting caught, while Vess is questioning whether she made the right decisions to join an organization that is going against its core principles.
In this issue, Grix is desperately trying to flee from Lux forces while trying to find fuel for her ship, the Sundog. On Duni, Vess is still struggling to keep her faith with the Siblings and Mother Proxima. Grix is surprised that she has received a signal from Duni about the conspiracy. She replies back with a message of her own, which Vess reads. Realizing that they’re not alone, Grix and Vess make plans to meet, but quickly discover that this is a situation that they cannot run away from.
Wilson continues to build on Vess’ doubt for the path that she has chosen and whether she should still follow the beliefs of the Siblings of Servity. Mother Proxima even tries to put guilt onto Vess for not understanding the reason as to why she has been working with Lux. Even after Vess has agreed to help Grix she’s still conflicted since she wants to be loyal to Proxima. This inner struggle speaks volumes in terms of just how desperately Vess wanted to find a place where she belonged. It was established that she wanted more out of life than to give birth to children for the sake of her people. She wants to see her newfound home as the ideal place, but that dream is gone. Her world has shattered and now she’s left wondering what sort of fate awaits her. This has quickly become one of the central elements of the series.
One of the standout moments from this comic was the small glimpse of the bond between Grix and Rath. It was revealed in the previous issue that they are brother and sister, with Grix having complete custody of Rath. In this issue, Grix realizes the kind of effect that this life could have on her brother. However, she sees that her brother hasn’t lost his innocence. It shows that Grix really does care for her him. She’s more than willing to love and protect her brother, no matter the consequences. I’m hoping that their relationship plays a more prominent role in the rest of the series.
The art style of this comic and the two before it is fantastic. The futuristic aesthetic is pleasing to look at and at times it made me stop to just appreciate how incredible it is. It offers one of the most unique depictions of the science fiction genre that I’ve ever seen. Ward’s mixture of colors and intricate designs stand out on their own and push the story to new elevated heights. Part of me hopes that there are still more designs of intergalactic beings that will be introduced in future issues.
After reading this comic, I am more than willing to declare that this is one of the best comic book series that I have have had the pleasure of reviewing. From the incredible aspects that went into world-building, to the premise of two main characters attempting to expose corruption, and the themes that it covers, this series has constantly left me wanting more. I haven’t had a comic series that has made me wish that comics released on a more regular basis rather than having to wait a few weeks in such a long time.
Invisible Kingdom #3 is available now wherever comic books are sold.
Invisible Kingdom #3
After reading this comic, I am more than willing to declare that this is one of the best comic book series that I have have had the pleasure of reviewing.