REVIEW: ‘She Said Destroy,’ Vol. 1

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She Said Destroy Vol. 1

She Said Destroy Vol. 1 is published by Vault Comics, written by Joe Corallo, with art by Liana Kangas, colors by Rebecca Nalty, and letters from Melanie Ujimori. It collects issues 1 -5 of the series. Described as Wicked + Divine meets Star Wars by way of Final Fantasy,” the series She Said Destroy is a blend of sci-fi and fantasy. The series follows the witches of Fey, the last believers of The Morrigan. The Morrigan is the Goddess of Death and Brigid’s sister. Her and her sister are the only other gods left. But as Brigid’s forces prepare to battle the witches of Fey, The Morrigan prepares to destroy.

The witches of Fey have an uphill battle ahead of them since Brigid is determined to wipe them out in hopes of the world forever forgetting her sister. The volume primarily follows Winona, one of the sisters of Fey. The sisters hope that Winona can speak with The Morrigan and offer them guidance for the upcoming battle. She is also one of their fiercest warriors. However, the witches of Fey’s intentions for Winona are not always pure as the preparation for battle drives a wedge between her and her friends. Still, with the help of The Morrigan, Winona could save them all.

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There is something immensely empowering as a woman to see a female goddess stare at her followers who beg for guidance and utter only one word, destroy. In the majority of She Said Destroy Vol. 1, The Morrigan is an elusive figure but when she is on the panel, every word she says matters. This is in complete contrast to her sister Brigid. Brigid is always with her followers, leading them directly into battle and giving direct orders.

Throughout She Said Destroy Vol. 1, the witches of Fey are outnumbered and outmatched. Brigid’s forces are larger, stronger, and have more firepower at their disposal. Despite that, the witches of Fey are determined. Their tenacity and faith have kept them alive. They choose to follow The Morrigan as opposed to Brigid’s followers who are often only following orders to avoid any threats of violence from the goddess. The passion of the witches of Fey makes The Morrigan a compelling character despite not being in a lot of panels. Everyone loves an underdog story and Corallo has mixed a lot of classic elements from that in a uniquely fantastical sci-fi world.

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Another thing that makes the world of She Said Destroy so unique is that it is very feminine. Even the fiercest warriors of the sisters of Fey are graceful, empathetic, and feminal. This is in part because the narrative is focused around two goddesses but also because of Kangas’ artwork and how beautifully it is complimented by Nalty’s coloring. Kangas’ work has a softness to it. Combined with Nalty’s pastel blues, purples, and yellows that primarily fill the panels, She Said Destroy Vol. 1 feels ethereal. The artwork is the perfect mix of science-fiction and fantasy, like the series itself.

This ethereal quality is also seen in Ujimori’s lettering. The two goddesses’ dialogue is incased in colored word bubbles that, unlike the rest, are drawn in a wispy, dreamlike manner. More often than not, colorists struggle to show characters of color’s skin tone correctly. The series features a diverse set of characters, most notably Brigid, and I was impressed with how well they were colored.

Overall, She Said Destroy Vol. 1 is an excellent sci-fi, fantasy story that showcases women in a powerful, feminine way.

She Said Destroy Vol. 1 is available in comic book stores everywhere and online.

She Said Destroy Vol. 1
4.5

TL;DR

Overall, She Said Destroy Vol. 1 is an excellent sci-fi, fantasy story that showcases women in a powerful, feminine way.