Cannon in the Clouds #1

6 Overall Score
Art: 6/10
Dialogue: 7/10
Story: 5/10

Fast-paced | Distinctive characters | Balances exposition with plot progression deftly | Clear artwork conveys the action well

I feel as if I've read this story - or something very like it - many, many, many times before.

Cannon in the Clouds #1
Daniel Woolley, Anne Gresham, Jorge Donis, Kristy Swan, Peter Simeti
Alterna Comics
2014

Like the Disney stories that undoubtedly inspired it, Alterna Comics’ Cannon in the Clouds is a coming-of-age story filled with action, adventure, intrigue and suspense. The story revolves around Seliandra “Sela” Windbourne, the daughter of war hero and aristocrat Coloneus Chester Windbourne. Despite her parents’ urging, Sela refuses to conform to the constricting expectations of high-class life, favoring sailing the skies and dangerous footraces with questionable competition.

“Sailing the skies?” Oh yes, for reasons explained in a single-page bit of exposition, the people in Cannon in the Clouds are of the seafaring variety with one exception – the sea they sail is in the sky. According to some street preacher Sela encounters early on, evidently the gods couldn’t sleep with all the racket humanity was producing and banished them skyward. This peculiar setting does little aside from offering up a (somewhat) novel setting (if you’ve never heard of Bioshock Infinite).

There is tension between several groups at the story’s onset. Society has reverted to a more chauvinistic era, made evident by several crude allusions spoken by off-panel commentators during a competition Sela takes part in early on. Class resentment is also an important factor and serves as the catalyst for problems that occur later on in the issue when Sela, in fear of being sent away to boarding school by her exasperated parents, runs away to take to the (literally) high seas.

The artwork is decent, if not jaw-dropping, and the dialogue is crisp and uncluttered. It’s a decent story if you haven’t seen or read anything like it before. Unfortunately, you’ll have to have lived under a rock for that to be the case. The plot progresses at a steady enough clip to keep things interesting, however, and perhaps, if given enough time, the story can develop a voice of its own. Currently, it stands as an inspired retread.

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