INVISIBLE KINGDOM #3 BY G. WILLOW WILSON AND CHRISTIAN WARD
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INVISIBLE KINGDOM #3 delivers a strong and satisfying middle act that moves at a brisk pace. The art continues to remain excellent. With the heroines united, it remains to be seen if Wilson and Ward can maintain that momentum. But it's the build up to the next two issues that should leave readers excited for what's to come. That said, this is the series' strongest issue to date.
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INVISIBLE KINGDOM #3 delivers on its promise: Grix and Vess finally meet and the stakes are higher than ever. Once again, G. Willow Wilson carefully balances Grix’s and Vess’ predicaments and unites them into a bigger conflict. By the time the second half of the story rolls in, danger ensues for the unlikely pair and it’s an exciting, fast-paced issue. All that is to say that I think INVISIBLE KINGDOM #3 is the best issue yet. On top of a good plot, there’s great art as Christian Ward continues to deliver engaging and varied panels.

INVISIBLE KINGDOM #3 Sets Into Motion the Dangers of Exposing the Truth

When we last left our heroines, Grix and Vess, the Sundog was rammed off course by a Lux vessel. Meanwhile, Vess received a distress call from the Sundog crew requesting help. With INVISIBLE KINGDOM #3, we find the Sundog crew out of fuel with a scout ship to worry about. That’s when they decide to hitch a ride on a comet to lose the scout ship. Meanwhile, on Duni, Vess struggles to make sense of her newfound knowledge that she’s not alone. In addition, Vess experiences doubt between staying obedient to the Siblings of Severity and giving up the truth about Lux and the rejuvenation.

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Image courtesy of Dark Horse Comics/Berger Books

Ultimately, the answer is clear: Vess decides to reply to Grix’s message and agrees to meet up. While we saw how dangerous Lux was in the last issue, INVISIBLE KINGDOM #3 shows how dangerous Mother Proxima is. Indeed, danger remains a constant, ominous element in this issue. Then, like a lion chases its prey, the Siblings of Severity pursue Vess for betraying the renunciation. I think one of the best things this issue shows is that there are consequences for our heroines doing what they believe is right. Furthermore, the cliffhanger cements how much Grix and Vess need each other.

The Fates of Grix and Vess Finally Collide

I quite enjoy how Wilson shows what risks Grix and Vess take in order to meet. For Grix, it means that she takes a gamble on her life in order to go to Duni. All because she believes Vess is the key that can help them. However, the Sundog crew cares about their captain, as Krov believes it’s a trap and tries to keep Grix from going. But Rath becomes the voice of reason because he tells Grix everything he knows. In fact, Grix is so vital to the Sundog they can’t imagine a future without her.

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Image courtesy of Dark Horse Comics/Berger Books

For Vess, the risk means that she’s open to willingly disobey Mother Proxima’s orders. This comes at odds with the fact that joining the Siblings of Severity is what Vess believes is her calling. In other words, giving up the familiar for the unfamiliar and uncertainty is at the heart of Vess’ inner turmoil. Furthermore, when Grix and Vess meet, Grix tells Vess that there’s no turning back because only death awaits. Thus, both heroines have a lot to lose and trust is vital to their relationship. As such, I look forward to seeing how that trust builds going forward.

Lush and Ominous Visuals in INVISIBLE KINGDOM #3’s Art

As always, Christian Ward’s art is excellent with beautiful one page spreads and subtle but realistic facial expressions. Ward takes us from craggy asteroid fields to the Sundog’s engine room and beyond. There’s something ominous about the way Ward sets up panels in this issue with mists and rays that bathe characters. In addition, I love the way Ward adds little details into characters such as Mother Proxima’s creepy but super-wrinkled face. That said, the second act is easily the highlight in INVISIBLE KINGDOM #3 because Ward flexes his ability to show a sense of scale — let’s just say that our heroines run from something big that chases them.

I’m constantly in awe at how much color Ward pours into every page. The best artists have a strong mastery of color theory and use it to set mood and tone. With INVISIBLE KINGDOM #3, Ward bathes pages in ominous, lush blues towards the latter half of the story. Thus, Ward gives Grix and Vess’ meeting a surreal and otherworldly feel with blue and violet dunes in the evening. Overall, I have yet to be disappointed with the colors in this series because Ward’s quality is consistent if not raises the bar every issue.

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Image courtesy of Dark Horse Comics/Berger Books

Closing Comments on INVISIBLE KINGDOM #3

All in all, INVISIBLE KINGDOM #3 is easily the strongest issue in the series yet. This is thanks to the fact that Wilson ups the ante in terms of the danger that Grix and Vess find themselves in. Indeed, this issue cements the consequences that our heroines are no doubt bound to face in the remaining issues of the arc to come. I think this issue provides some needed payoff after two issues of constant teasing and word-building.

Of course, the series’ theme is clear: mega corporations are in bed with religious institutions. But that makes for a compelling story because we don’t know how Grix and Vess will expose the truth. That ultimately is what keeps me hooked to this series — the fact that we want Grix and Vess to succeed.

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