Skyman #1 Review

Skyman#1 CoverAfter 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.


The Good

Cover– Smooth, slick and hot are the best words to describe Skyman #1 illustrated by Freddie Williams II and Dan Scott. It is worlds above the interior colors and art that much is for sure!

Interior Art- Manuel Garcia’s art is distinctive and they are complimented by the deep dark pen lines of ‘Bit’. The contrast of the deep darkness of these inks really allows the colors by Marta Martinez to bring Manuel’s art to glorious life.

Story– Talk about opening with a bang! We get an Aryan soldier spout off racist garbage after killing a black man and exposing the Skyman program and taped. This video goes viral on the internet. The program then bypasses the men who have been training since forever to be Skyman and use affirmative action to fix their problem. That man is Eric Reid. What unfolds is exploration of how the way the government treats soldiers as ‘property’ the impact of ‘affirmative action’ and the very real case of ever-present racism. 

What’s Really Going on– With this issue the author has touched on affirmative action. Why are Black Heroes necessary? And most of all they expose to those who turn a blind eye even today that racism still exist in the United States regardless of Barack Obama being president of the Unites States. It did not disappear overnight. This book exposes the reality of having a black friend or a token black hero used as a ‘reason’ that you’re not racist is BS, straight up and down. This book throws it in your face by talking about it, exposing it and provoking (hopefully) thought about those realities.

Buy it– They love to say black books don’t sell so put your wallet where your mouth is! Buy it Here.



The Bad

Déjà vu– It may be bad on my part since I was just looking over my biography of M.A.N.T.I.S but there are a few similarities here and there which I’m sure some will not like.

NameSkyman is a totally lame superhero name. I’m sorry it just is.

Consistency- The art was not as consistent or as tight as I would have liked. Manuel Garcia needs to tighten things up for later issues.


The Ugly

Joshua Hale Fialkov and Dark Horse comics Skyman is the slap in the face the industry needed. Skyman #1 is a wake up call of thought-provoking situations meshed with heroics in just the right way. Pure gold! A sure-fire hit! Skyman starts 2014 with a bang! 4/5  

stars- 4 very good


I'm a Caribbean born Lecturer, Multidisciplinary specialist/Androgogue/Philosophical Pedagogue; with backgrounds in Philosophy, Social Studies and Geography; founder/CEO of World of Black Heroes, freelance writer and all around comic book geek. I enjoy a good book, video games, movies and most of all fatherhood. Written credits include work for where my writing inspired the music compiliation "Kindah" available in multiple languages on Itunes, The Caribbean Journal of Education, The University of the west indies, Comicvine, Independent comics etc.

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  • January 17, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Based on your review I am going to check this one out . Thank you for in forming me and everyone else about the character and the comic

  • January 17, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Good review. Looks like we’re on the same page with this (and the same rating). I agree that Skyman isn’t the most creative name, but it’s an established public domain character (created in 1940) that they’re purposely using for this revamp, much like Dark Horse’s Captain Midnight (which isn’t a much better name. Does he only fight crime at midnight?), so I’m willing to go along with it. And they did make a point of having the lead character comment on the new costume by referring to the original version as “lame.”

  • January 17, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Eh, I don’t mind superheroes having stupid names. I find it endearing and let’s face it- it could be worse.

    I’m just glade he’s not Skymyn or Zkyman or some other stupidly spelled abomination.


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