Dreaming Eagles #1

Dreaming Eagles #1

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Simon Coleby Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: December 30, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
9.1Critic Rating
4.8User Rating

Inspired by true events, Dreaming Eagles tells the story of the first African American fighter pilots to join the United States Army Air Force in WWII and whose humble beginnings in Tuskegee, Alabama propelled them into the deadly skies above Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Not only were they instrumental against the Nazi war machine, but also braved an equally great challenge, overcoming everyday bigotry amongst their fellow American soldiers as well as civilians at home. High in the heavens, they fought a battle that would change their country and their world forever. Industry legend Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Hellblazer) joins artist Simon Coleby (2000 AD, The Authority) for this high-flying tale of love, war and family.

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle Dec 29, 2015

    Dreaming Eagles is one of those comic books that prompts you to learn, a process which leads to a greater understanding of how our present was shaped, but also of the work itself. It's the perfect combination of a captivating story, characters to care about, and artistic spectacle; in short, everything you'd want from a comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    First Comics News - Giovanni Aria Jan 2, 2016

    This is a touching story of the Tuskegee Airmen. If you haven't seen the movie Red Tails we will wait for you and then continue the review. This story starts in 1966 a challenging year to be a black man in America. Mr. Atkinson had been a Tuskegee Airmen and he had been able to provide a middle class lifestyle for his family but couldn't talk to them about the horrors of war. His son was enamored with Martin Luther King. The story never gets to the actual talk about the war, it mostly focuses on Mr. Atkinson and his relationship with his son. It is about the difficulty people have in communicating unpleasant experiences, the hubris of youth and the struggle for equality. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 31, 2015

    I will say, I was really surprised by the comic. Ennis does great war comics, but throwing in racial aspects really makes this one stand out. It also impressively makes me want to see how close it is to actual history as far as the war. It's a comic that makes me want to learn. This comic has been the surprise of the week for me. Absolutely check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Dec 31, 2015

    We get to see a lot of serious subject matter here, which I absolutely love. We see war, familial tension, an unjust society, and the difference between two generations. The creative team avoids the usual romanticism of war and glorification of violence; instead, this series, thus far, seems like it is going to be more realistic—and I’m so thankful for that. It forces us to think, to learn, and to debate. This is an interesting and very promising premiere issue to the series, and I can’t wait for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jan 7, 2016

    While it served to get the story off to a slow start, the context that was set in this debut issue felt important to the telling of the tale. The history mixed in with the fictionalized framework and characters made those characters feel very real. Ultimately this is a series that will appeal to fans of war comics as well as fans of dramatic tales featuring the heroic efforts of African Americans who laid down essential foundations for ending segregation and showing that there was nothing they could not do, providing concrete proof against a general unfounded prejudice of the time that African Americans were somehow physically or mentally inferior. This was a well crafted beginning to the tale and I'm looking forward to seeing it play out in actual training and combat in upcoming issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 26, 2016

    Dreaming Eagles is going to some interesting territory that I've seen some of before through various movies and Ennis and Colby are able to bring a good angle to it through Reggie Atkinson. There are standard opening elements going into play here at the start and Ennis brings some good detail and character to it with Reggie and Lee. Reggie is where it's all at right now and there's a lot to like with it as you really find yourself wanting to know his story and what he experienced and went through. His time with his son is a big part of the appeal for me with how he's trying to connect with him works the generation gap aspect combined with such vastly different experiences to work through. Ennis makes this a very engaging read as it goes on and we see how it's unfolding and I'm beyond glad that he's working with Simon Colby on this as he brings to life the home moments and that of aerial combat in a fantastic way. I'm definitely in for this miniseries in full. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Jan 4, 2016

    Amidst the narrative of our fictional airman, Ennis sprinkles factoids of black American history. The history Ennis drops throughout Dreaming Eagles never seems stale or irrelevant, though it does occasionally have a gathered-'round-the-campfire feel " but one would expect a small soapbox to be present in order to properly secure an audience's attention, instilling the necessary agitation for change. Read Full Review

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