Review: Skyman #4

Review of: Skyman #4
Product by:
Joshua Hale Fialkov
Dark Horse

Skyman #4

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On April 16, 2014
Last modified:April 15, 2014


Skyman could have gone on for another issue or two, but Fialkov writes a tight story that sets a lot of things up for the future.

Fighting for his life thousands of feet above the ground, Skyman faces off against the people who made him a hero—and if he fails, he falls! Literally! They tried to make the perfect weapon, but they got a hero instead. And Skyman intends to act like one, even if it costs him his life!

Skyman comes to an end this month with the release of issue #4. The story 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. Skyman has been a solid series so far, but is Fialkov able to soar with the final issue?

Skyman and Captain Midnight are up against a pack of crazy soldier led by Lieutenant Sharp who are all decked out with flight belts of their own. Eric Reid and Captain Midnight have to stand and fight against almost unimaginable odds, but Captain Midnight says he has faced worse. The two men have an incredible amount of fight in them, so they take the battle to the skies. It’s an all-out war as Sharp and his men try to take down Skyman. Will Eric get to tell the world about the dark secrets going on in the military’s Skyman program or will he get his wings clipped?

Fialkov writes an action-packed finale. He ties up a lot of threads, but there are still a few things left dangling for future stories. Skyman and Captain Midnight have forged a rather interesting bond that will be interesting to see where it goes as Dark Horse’s Project Black Sky progresses. Fialkov gives us plenty of action, but he’s also able to work in a little more of Eric’s backstory and what happened in Kandahar. Fialkov has given us a good man who wants to do good, a perfect partner for Midnight. Garcia’s pencils and Bit’s inks are the series’ best. The character work is crisp and smooth, and the aerial battles are handled extremely well. With all the superheroes that can fly, you actually don’t see that many heroes fighting way up high. The artist and inker present it in a rather thrilling way. Martinez’s colors seem to be a little brighter, a byproduct of the story taking place largely outside in the clear blue skies. It really makes the action pop.

Bottom Line: Skyman could have gone on for another issue or two, but Fialkov writes a tight story that sets a lot of things up for the future. Eric Reid is a character we need to see more of and soon. 4/5

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