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"The Red Wing" review and giveaway

It's always good to see owner-created comics  - a refreshing alternative to the big comic stables. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on the trade paperback of "The Red Wing" by Jonathan Hickman and artist Nick Pitarra (and coloured by Rachelle Rosenberg).
First impressions are, this is a quality comic. Nick Pitarra's artwork is great- clean, detailed, and beautifully coloured by Rachelle Rosenberg. He is not scared to use blank space to full effect and the frames often seem more like captured moments, frozen in time, rather than an imitation of movement, which complements the rather detached and thoughtful feel of the book.
"The Red Wing" is the story of a war fought through time and in slightly divergent realities. The protagonists are trying to defend their world as it is being stripped to dust throughout its choronlogical instances by an unknown enemy - the Blue Wing. It's a story with some standard timetravel tropes - dinosaurs, Aztecs taking time travellers to be gods, etc - but threaded through with Freudian undertones and an examination of the queasy mixture of pride and shame in one's parents and their achievements - or failures.
The pilots fly "Temporal Attack Crafts" - small and agile craft fitted with a missile system that kills through time. Part of their training is learning to see past the common illusion of time's linearity, instead seeing it as "a stack of all moments, all happening at once, just at a difference frequency". It does seem a bit ironic to be examining these thoughts through the medium of comics, where the story is split in very linear panels, with pointers at the beginning of scenes such as "Now" and "The Future". But I guess it would be just a bit too confusing to try to tell a story outside of the temporal illusion completely!
The tale has an interesting conclusion, although the point of it really seems to be that nothing has a conclusion, raising the questions of can we ever escape our past or our future, and are fate and free will actually the same thing? This is a comic that's worth reading a few times to appreciate the plot fully. My only criticism would be that I wish some of the main characters had been made to look a bit different. When you have a story with potential to be a bit confusing, it doesn't help if half the characters are blue-eyed bearded men! Perhaps that was deliberate and meant to aid understanding, but personally I felt it had the opposite effect.
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