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!
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!