Review: Skyman #1
After an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Captain Midnight, a drunken Skyman accidentally kills an innocent man! Needing a new face for their initiative ASAP, the Skyman Program turns to US Air Force Sgt. Eric Reid: a wounded veteran on the ropes, looking for a new lease on life.
A new series kicks off this week spinning out of the events of a recent Captain Midnight issue. Skyman #1 is written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with pencils by Manuel Garcia. Bit handles inks with Marta Martinez providing colors. Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT rounds things out with lettering. Captain Midnight shuts down Skyman, but now a new man must take up the mantle and actually be a hero. How is that going to work out?
Captain Midnight stopped a bomb planted at Sharkbyte Industries by a Skyman. Since then the guy behind the mask hasn’t been doing too well. After getting drunk at a bar and dropping the bartender from the upper atmosphere while spouting off some very nasty words about the president, the government finds themselves in the middle of a controversy. The Skyman program is vital to the nation’s security, so it has to continue. Everyone decides if it can be done out in the open, and a black man can be the new face of Skyman, things might work. The only problem is that the recruits who have been training with the suit are all very much white. That’s where disabled US Air Force Sgt. Eric Reid comes in. He’s the guy that the government (military) can use as their pawn. He gets to walk when he’s in the suit, and when it’s powered down he’s back to being a cripple. What happens when a good man finds himself in a position of power? Will Eric discover he’s being used for something much bigger?
Fialkov writes a great introductory issue. It’s not absolutely required that you read Captain Midnight and the Skyman issues, but it will help tremendously. We get a better overview of the program and what the suit’s abilities are. Fialkov presents a very intriquing and pretty well fleshed-out character with Eric Reid. He still has a few mysteries, but we learn a lot about him in ways that doesn’t feel like an info dump or bring the story to a halt. Skyman is literally taking center stage by the end of the issue, so now the future issues will really let him fly. Garcia’s pencils and Bits inks make for some very beautiful and detailed art. The backgrounds and character work are top notch, but there are a few times where the faces lose some details and become a little too smooth. Something may have been lost in the inks or coloring stage, it’s few and far between but noticeable at times. The transition between disabled Eric and Skyman Eric is presented well too. He almost looks like a different man after he puts the suit on for the first time. Martinez’s colors look stunning when it comes to the scenery and costume.
Bottom Line: If you’re liking Captain Midnight, you’re going to love Skyman. Fialkov has set up an interesting character thrown into even more interesting circumstances. Dark Horse has really done something brilliant with their new superhero comics, and this one is another feather in their hat. 4.5/5