Written by Jay Faerber
Art by Sumeyye Kesgin, Ron Riley, and Thomas Mauer
Published by Image Comics
Amelia Earhart’s story has captured the world’s attention for and incredible eighty years. She’s been the subject of countless documentaries over the decades, and has been portrayed on the big screen by the likes of Amy Adams and Hilary Swank. But as far as I can recall, Amelia Earhart has never been the focus of a comic book, until now at least.
In Elsewhere #1 from Image Comics, writer Jay Faerber and artist Sumeyye Kesgin take us to a faraway world called Korvath. Here, dragons roam the purple skies, the islands float in the air chained to the world below, and Amelia Earhart finds herself trapped by her parachute mere moments after she bailed over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.
Earhart discovers that she’s not alone on this strange new world when she’s rescued by Cort and Tavel. They’re part of a rebellion against Lord Kragen, the ruler of Korvath. This is a lot to process, but Earhart’s immediate concern is finding her navigator, Fred Noonan who parachuted with her. But if she has any hope of finding him, she will need the help of Cort and Tavel.
Jay Faerber has been writing comics for nearly two decades, working on titles like Generation X, and The Titans. But Faerber won me over with his creator owned Noble Causes, and Dynamo 5 series for Image comics. Everything I liked about those books, Faerber has brough to Elsewhere.
Faerber makes Amelia Earhart relatable and fun. She’s immediately likeable, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never heard of her. Yes, she’s startled about her surroundings, but instead of crawling into a corner to cry, Earhart sets her mind on finding Fred Noonan, and that’s that.
Sumeyye Kesgin is the perfect artist for this title.Her style blends thicker lines with richer shadows, which makes her page and panel layout stand out. All of the characters immediately recognizable, but its her version of Earhart that is the highlight of this book. Kesgin gives her a wide a range of reactions from shock, to absolute joy as she rides a dragon towards Kragen’s castle.
I’m ashamed to admit it, but Elsewhere #1 was a blind buy on my part. A couple of weeks ago I didn’t know anything about this series. I only picked it up when I realized Jay Faerber was writing it. But like most of his work, this issue did not disappoint.
The world of comics needs more titles like this, because now more than ever, many of us need an escape to another world. And why not escape to a world filled with strange new creatures?
Kudos to Faerber, and Kesgin for a true gem of a comic! Elsewhere #1 score: A+