Skybourne #1

Writer: Frank Cho Artist: Frank Cho Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: September 7, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 11
7.6Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

* A new, original series from celebrated creator Frank Cho (Totally Awesome Hulk, Savage Wolverine)!
* Full of fast-paced action, Skybourne is James Bond with fantasy elements thrown in and is unlike anything Frank Cho has ever done before.
* The legend of King Arthur is alive and well in modern day. Only one man, Skybourne, can stop the evil Merlin from destroying the world.

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Sep 7, 2016

    I am of an age where I remember a certain UK TV show called The Champions, which featured three agents who gain super abilities. With this in mind, I was very wary when I started reading this book. That concern quickly dispersed due to the sheer quality of book, with its clarity of purpose and clear strong storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - John Wallace Sep 8, 2016

    So back to the beginning- does this comic live up to its heady blurb? Was I swayed by the extravagant claims of the blurb? If I said, take all of the monies now. Mine, yours and his, that guy over there. He wants to buy this comic too; he just doesnt know it yet; would that answer the question? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Sep 18, 2016

    It's rare that I give a comic a second read through, except when it lacks clarity and I'm trying to figure out what's going on. No lack of clarity here, I read it the second time for the sheer enjoyment of it. Frank Cho is, in my opinion, a masterful storyteller, and this super-powered fantasy thriller is a great example that he can tell a gripping story without scantily clad women in it. Grace Skybourne kicks ass, and does it fully clothed. And NOBODY should want to get on her bad side. Life expectancy on her bad side is very short indeed. Cho has an engaging cliffhanger, but there is a built-in out for it, so I expect the action to continue on next issue as Cho kicks it up a notch. I'm looking forward to watching the rest of this story play out over the next few months, this is a 5 issue series, and it's great to see Cho back doing sequential storytelling after just seeing him on covers and sketches for so long. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Sep 9, 2016

    All this said. I'm hooked in enough to want to read the next issue to see where all this is going to go. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Sep 11, 2016

    My only gripe would be how much is still left in the dark after reading the debut issue. I know, you can't give away all the details inthe first issue, but it would have been cool to get more background info on Grace and the organization she works for, as it would help the reader figure out why this transaction for the sword was happening in the first place. But that would be my only suggestion on this issue. I was pulled in to this world, left wondering who certain characters will end up being and where the story goes now after one heck of an ending.Skybourne should beon your pull list, and with it just being released, you can be on the ground floor of what seems to be a home run of a new series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 6, 2016

    This is excellent storytelling with a cinematic flair you shouldn't miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Sep 13, 2016

    BOOM! Studios are doing an excellent job with their current array of titles. They've proved time and again they can masterfully handle different genres (Power Rangers and Sons of Anarchy are prime examples) andSkybourne #1 is no different. It's the superhero spy thriller you didn't know you needed until now. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Sep 7, 2016

    Skybourne #1 has a lot of potential which we should hopefully see more of in issues to come. We got to see what madness magic has unleashed onto this world, so with issue #2 we look forward to context to everything that has just happened as there was quite a bit to take in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 6, 2016

    Frank Cho gets things started off with a bang - or more accurately, more than a few senses-shattering punches - with his first installment of Skybourne, and whatever you might think of his online persona, this is the kind of work that shows he's got the talent to back up his off-color commentary. Skybound looks great, hits hard, and at the end of the day, is every bit the kind of well-produced popcorn thriller that fantasy and action fans are clamoring for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Darryll Robson Sep 6, 2016

    Frank Cho is a popular cover artist who has also illustrated such titles as X-Men, Hulk and the Mighty Avengers. In his time, he has courted some controversy and also become known for his precise art style and buxom female characters. Skybourne is created, written and illustrated by Cho and is the first issue in a miniseries released this week from Boom! Studios. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Jared Leatzow Sep 15, 2016

    Skybourne #1 is a fun first issue, that feels as if it draws inspiration from several different properties. It feels like the comic book equivalent of an action movie, and provides just enough plot to set up the fun and ridiculous action scenes. For comic book fans who look for headier narratives in their comics this might not be for them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Wendel Sep 9, 2016

    The series is a great miniseries which fans need to check out. Way to go Frank – your new work is incredible and proves you are truly a creator who needs to be watched. Coming from the superhero series to this kind of book really shows his immense talents as both a writer and an artist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Sep 7, 2016

    This series has started by throwing us straight into the action. We don't have too much of a backstory or background information to go off of yet, but with time, I'm sure Cho will provide us with whatever we need to better understand the storyline. For now, Skybourne is a pleasant surprise of a book. I'm willing to bet this series is going to be pretty darn cool, with a lot of historical relevance. For anyone who enjoys a good King Arthur/Excalibur story, this is a great take on a classic that is sure to keep you entertained. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Sep 8, 2016

    The writer/artist does a nice job of getting his story rolling quickly and efficiently, the nonstop pace making for great entertainment. Unfortunately, the sheen dulls some as soon as the characters open their mouths. For every fantastic visual moment there's an equally groan-inducing bit of dialogue, with beats that are dated, repetitive, and downright offensive. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Sep 14, 2016

    While this was fun for a first issue, more meat needs to be added to thestory bone for the series to work as a whole. That is especially true when you realize this is only a limited five part series. Personally I prefer a first issue that puts more focus on giving me characters I can care about. Here the character that intrigues me the most is a sword. Hopefully that will change moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CourtOfNerds - Drew S. McCarthy Sep 7, 2016

    This rating makes me feel shallow, because it's mostly based on looks. Skybourne leaves readers with too many questions and the story feels flimsy,so far. While the art is incredible, I expect much more character and plot development in issue two. Man will not buy on art alone. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jim Taylor Sep 9, 2016

    As a series introduction, Skybourne #1 succeeds in setting up some enticing mysteries while telling an entertaining story in its own right. Mixing international espionage with superhero and fantasy elements, and introducing a kick-ass female lead, it makes for a fun read for those who like their genres shaken and stirred. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven Phillips Sep 8, 2016

    For all its exquisitely vibrant and vicious violence, there isn't much to say about this issue. I can't really recommend the first issue on its own unless you're particularly fond of Cho's art… or of fisting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Sep 14, 2016

    Overall, if you judge the issue by what it is and not what was promised in the solicitation, it's a fun outing that falters with its female protagonist in the last few pages " or it's a cheap cliffhanger that will only serve to make me roll my eyes when issue #2 comes out. The series has set itself up to be something more cinematic in nature and will probably read better in a trade format. I'll be back next issue to see what happens regardless. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Sep 7, 2016

    Skybourne may show promise in the future. For now, while it's not bad"and Cho's art is great"the story on this chapter alone doesn't quite suck us in just yet. Maybe keep a pulse on this one, but at the moment, it's not the next must-have sleeper hit. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Sep 7, 2016

    Skybourne #1 is a comic book length exercise is fridging that has some wicked action scenes, but Frank Cho utterly fails at making both his protagonists and antagonists likeable or interesting. The comic has a Mark Millar in the 2000s vibe, but Cho lacks Millar's sly Scottish wit and makes the rookie storytelling mistake of killing off the character readers are supposed to like before we connect to them emotionally. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Aaron Reese Sep 6, 2016

    When I see that Frank Cho created, wrote and illustrated a comic, including covers, I expected a tour-de-force. I expected something that he’d kept close to the vest for fear of plagiarism, a powerhouse comic book debut with mind-blowing action scenes and snappy dialogue. Skybourne #1 is just plain vanilla. It fails to lift its fantasy or spy elements above anything we’ve seen in a thousand B-movies and quarter bins. Hopefully next issue will give something with a little more flavor. Read Full Review

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