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A Month of Writing Stars – G. Willow Wilson

Every day this month I’m going to feature a current comic book writing “star,” someone who I think is a very good writer.

I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis?

Here is the archive of previously featured writers.

Today we look at the writer of one of Vertigo’s better new titles!

Enjoy!

G. Willow Wilson was a journalist for a number of years in Egypt, specifically Cairo.

And it was Cairo that she chose for the setting of her first major comic book work (first comic book perhaps?), in the delightful graphic novel Cairo (with artwork by M.K. Perker).

Cairo showed Wilson’s propensity for an interesting (and slightly odd) plot filled with off-kilter characters although, at the same time, clearly steeped in “reality” (the book has a real authenticity, as you might very well imagine it would, as Wilson lived and worked in Cairo for years).

The follow-up project by Wilson and Perker is the current ongoing series Air, which takes the slightly offbeat plot of Cairo and takes it to a whole new level, with an interesting stories of intersecting realities. The first issue did not really get across the coolness of the later issues (including a recent last page twist that was a real blast), so if you were a bit underwhelmed by the first issue, the book improves as the stories get more madcap and surreal.

Wilson is slowly moving into superhero comics, as well, with a one-shot Outsiders story and the recent Vixen mini-series, which has been pretty good so far!

Air, though, is where it is really at – that’s where Wilson can really cut loose and do whatever she wants, and the book is all the better for it!

9 Comments

I really dug her Metamorpho/Aquaman Ousiders one-shot. She made the new Aquaman likable – not that easy a task. It was a inconsequential issue, but I liked her characterization.

Good choice, Brian. Air has been a very enjoyable read so far. It’s the first Vertigo book I’ve bought regularly in ages.

i’m loving the Vixen mini right now.

Another fine selection. I think she’s going to be one of the major writers to watch out for as she takes her place as one of the successors once 100 Bullets comes to an end. Air constantly takes chances and bringing in new concepts of on the way we perceive things and flat out something new. I also agree that the end of AIr #5 was one of the best surprising endings of an issue in a long time.

Is the first Air TP out yet? I may get it due to it being $10, and it sounds interesting. I dig the cheap price of most Vertigo first trades of ongoings. I want Young Liars too, to be tangential.

And isn’t an issue of Air (7 I think) going to be just a buck? Hope it’s a good “jumping on point”.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

January 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Remember though, a lot of Vertigo series take till their second trade to get moving!

G. Willow Wilson is a confused idealistic young woman. As a muslim convert, she fails to understand how that culture endangers her as a woman. Does she endorse forced female circumcision? Does she support Sharia’s lack of human rights for women? What foolishness it is to laud someone like her. Please help her understand her folly.

Thanks for the kafirsplanation, douche.

Scooter, it seems that you are the one who lacks understanding. I am not a Muslim but I have studied Islamic texts and Islamic law, and I translate classical Arabic. Female circumcision is illegal according to Islamic law — it is an African rather than Islamic practice. Look it up — it is practiced in a certain geographic area, regardless of religion. Many Christians in Ethiopia circumcise their women. As for Sharia’s lack of human rights for women, I don’t even know where to start on that one. Muhammed was probably the biggest champion of women’s rights to grace the medieval ages. Islam seeks to establish rights for all humans, including women. Quote from the Grand Mufti of Egypt, one of the highest ranking clerics in all of the Muslim world, “”Sharia is meant to protect Islam for Muslims, and protect the religions of all people who follow texts that proclaim the existence of God. Sharia also aims to protect human dignity and human rights within the context of a global society and its stewardship of the earth. It forbids tyranny, prostitution, suicide, drug abuse—anything that reduces a human being to an object. Under all these rules and goals human beings can live out their lives, happy, safe, and at peace.”
Please educate yourself so that you don’t further disseminate the unsubstantiated stereotypes that blemish the reputation of Islam.

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