**Disclaimer: I received a free early access copy of Icarus by Gregory A. Wilson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this opportunity.
Icarus by Gregory A. Wilson is a sci-fi fantasy graphic novel. It’s about a different kind of society, and a young man who literally falls from the sky and into a greater conspiracy. The book was published on November 10th, 2020. I rated it three stars on Goodreads.
Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
Entrances, I tell you. That kid sure knew how to make an entrance!
The Longest Fall Book One
Icarus is a graphic novel about two unlikely heroes: a winged young man who falls into a dormant volcano with no memory of anything but his name, and a flamepetal prospector down on his luck (and everything else). Together, they must discover the secret of Icarus’ identity if they are to save their worlds from those who want his powers for themselves. We are proud to present this story of wonder, of friendship, and of a battle to overcome tyranny, with creatures who discover that what unites them at the core is more important than what divides them on the surface.
“A modern fable about friendship and self-discovery. Wilson has crafted a beautiful maze of a story, with surprises around every corner, brought to beautiful life by Fabbio’s striking art.” — Michael R. Underwood, author of Annihilation Aria and the Genrenauts Series
This book had an interesting premise, but I’m not sure it was my particular type of book. This was a bit of a retelling of the myth of Icarus, but I wanted it to be more of an adaptation of the myth. I recognize that it’s probably not fair of me to mark it down for that, but I just wanted it to be something different.
I will clarify that that’s not the only reason the book got three stars. I adapted quickly to the different setting, but I was very confused by the world. Some details were included but it wasn’t enough for me to really feel rooted and invested in the world. I really just wanted more information about why the world was this way. I will acknowledge that it’s the first in a series, but I was just too confused by the world to really want to read more after this first one.
I did like the main characters and I especially liked the animal sidekick. In my opinion, you really don’t get enough of Rig.
I liked the book well enough, but I just didn’t feel a lot of passion for it. If you’re interested in the premise then I would recommend you check it out, but I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series.