Skyman (Character)

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Publisher: Dark Horse

Real Name: Eric Reid

Created: Joshua Hale Fialkov and Manuel Garcia

1st appearance: Skyman #1, 2014

Team Affiliations: US Army

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: 5’9              Weight: 136

Eyes: Brown         Hair: Black

Relatives: Unnamed wife

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Power suite details from Skyman #1, art by Manuel Garcia

Skills and Abilities:  Military training in armed and unarmed combat.

Technology: Skyman uses a he power suit and belt to grant him superhuman abilities. The helmet focuses a field created by the belt directly into his brain giving him heightened reflexes. The Belt generates a radiation field that can also be channeled to enhance his body’s potential, this essentially doubles his strength and resistance to injury. The field also heals his spinal injury allowing him to walk while wearing it.

Biography

When the previous ‘Skyman’ turns out to be pretty much a racist jerk — and makes a scene on the Internet — Eric Reid, a crippled sergeant in the Air Force, is tapped to take over the mantle. Reid, had previously suffered a crushed vertebrae in the line of duty. He’s forced into being a superhero and handed a belt that lets him use his legs and a suit that puts him in flight — much to the chagrin of his handler Lieutenant Sharp. He makes his public debut at a press conference alongside president Barack Obama [Skyman #1].

His next mission found him in Egypt where he took a tour of the city Cairo and discovered that the Skyman program had been using him as a cover as they continued to do covert assassinations on behalf of the U.S government. He managed to save a few survivors from the burning building before he confronted Sharp. After the two fight Reid wins and takes the Skyman costume and flees [Skyman #2].

Meeting up with Captain Midnight while fleeing he’s taken to his base. They become fast friends and Midnight fixes his belt so he cant be remote-controlled. They are attacked by Sharp and his men using proto-type Skyman suits [Skyman #3]. Together the duo defeat their attackers and Reid is given a new belt made by Midnight. Reid after reuniting with his wife tells his story to the press and mass media [Skyman #4].

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