Skyman #1
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Skyman #1

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov Artist: Manuel Garcia Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 15, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19
7.4Critic Rating
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After 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.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - James Anders II Jan 15, 2014

    Though it is only a four issue miniseries, it is my hope that this new direction from Dark Horse regarding superheroes is here to stay. They have done an admirable job and I look forward to seeing the next steps taken in resurrecting these great Golden Age characters and in traducing them to today's audiences. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jan 17, 2014

    Skyman #1 is an excellent start to this series, and even though this is my first foray into Skyman terrority, it's very engrossing due to the opening sequences, and even made me look into the history a bit more. It laid out and approached the issues in a bold, and smart way, and the resulting story lines are ripe with potential and I'm hooked. I don't know if I can trust the Skyman Program and its intentions but this first issue has definitely built up my trust in this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jan 15, 2014

    Very solid introduction from Skyman bringing him back into a forefront of the superhero world. The Skyman Program needed a new face for their initiative and this is a character that you can attach yourself to. Not out of sympathy or pity, but out of the fact that he has never been exposed to anything like this and would have never imagined to. H e is a very likable character and I would recommend this to anyone who wants a hero who may be used as a symbol, but still is more than just that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Jan 15, 2014

    If you're liking Captain Midnight, you're going to love Skyman. Fialkov has set up an interesting character thrown into even more interesting circumstances. Dark Horse has really done something brilliant with their new superhero comics, and this one is another feather in their hat. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Jan 14, 2014

    Skyman is a good book, it's well worth reading because any issues with the comic are minor. The superhero universe that's been building within Dark Horse Comics is complemented well with Skyman, this is a good start to the series. Skyman's concept and the world around him bears more exploration, which I'm looking forward to seeing. Dive further into Project: Black Sky with Skyman #1, a mixture of a classic superhero idea but with a few cool twists to the formula. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Mig-El Jan 21, 2014

    Skyman is off to an interesting start. Joshua Hale Fiaklov does a good job developing his characters this issue without giving away too much. The artistic team of Manuel Garica, Bit and Marta Martinez do a fantastic job with Skyman and company throughout this entire issue. The "shower scene" sequence between Eric Reid and his handler is done particularly well. If you're a fan of Captain Midnight at all, this book is pretty much a must. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 14, 2014

    Skyman kicks off a new series in the shared superhero universe that Dark Horse is working on and they even include a Project Black Sky checklist on the last page to ensure you know that a lot of suff is connected to it all. I've long been a fan of superheroes and I've always had an affection for what Dark Horse tried to do in the 90's. Skyman is a completely new property for me but it's very accessible here, surprisingly enjoyable and a bit more blunt in some ways than I expected, which made aspects of it almost too realistic to some degree. Fialkov and Garcia have a solid title here that lays down a lot of foundations that I'm looking forward to both seeing exploered in shattered in the next few issues as it shakes out what it wants to do and be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Jan 16, 2014

    SKYMAN debuts with exactly the right beats to set up a promising and engaging new ongoing -- it's not as inaccessible as some revamps (which make readers feel obligated to "do homework" on the older version of the series) and it's completely straightforward in its narrative. The book is loaded with complexity -- in the form of character interactions (and conflicts!) and personal discovery (hello, brand new suit and hero-job!) -- and Fialkov & Co. have seeded plenty of exciting story possibilities. I'm sticking with this series to see how the "who's running the show?" dynamic plays out, and expecting a few surprises and a lot of brawls. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Jan 15, 2014

    Purchase: Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Jan 15, 2014

    Overall, SkyMan #1 is a decent start to this story; we've set-up the world and the main hero and provided a lot of options for future stories, be they simple super hero espionage tales or stories about the higher ups using Eric for their own purposes, or solving the mystery of where the suit's technology came from, there's a lot of potential for exploration here. The characters and plot of this issue are a little broad, and I'd like to see those aspects come into a sharper focus down the line, but as a starting point, those are overlookable problems, consider this one recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Jan 13, 2014

    Skyman #1 is a mediocre read. Sure, it has good writing that tackles serious issues such as racism and politics, but it is not a memorable read. For a debut issue and an origin story it ends up being very average. I can only hope that the story takes flight from here on out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Jan 17, 2014

    "Skyman" #1 is a bit of a conundrum. As a character piece, dealing with relevant social issues, it does a spectacular job, although its racism themes are often far too on the nose. However, it's place and purpose in the burgeoning "Project Black Sky" initiative remains unclear, and the issue ends with no indication of where the book will head next. Even the book's best dialogue and characterization aren't quite enough to demand a second issue purchase. "Skyman" #1 is a far stronger start than one might guess from the cover, but not quite the success it needs to be. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Jan 8, 2014

    Overall, I wasnt too impressed with Sky Man, but its only the first issue, and it appears to me to have a promise to develop more depth. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jan 16, 2014

    Skyman is off to an okay start, and it has a ways to go before it becomes a must-read title, but it certainly has potential. There is some cool stuff in this issue, and maybe once the fat is trimmed and the art gets dialed in, we'll have a really great comic book. Captain Midnight has become a superb comic series, there is no reason Skyman couldn't join him. The creative team is strong, and they have the chops to make this comic book soar. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 18, 2014

    This was a fine start, and I can see some potential in this comic. I like Eric's giddy excitement when he starts flying around as Skyman. It's a palpable excitement. And I like the idea that Eric is going to be in the dark about the Skyman Program's sinister agenda, and that maybe he'll have to take on his benefactors some day. But other than that, there's not too much to recommend about this comic. Eric is a fine, friendly character. I'm sure he'll make a great superhero. But there's nothing overly catchy about Skyman himself. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jan 14, 2014

    Skyman #1left me satisfied as a reader. Even though the setup was quick, I couldn't find much else to ask for out of a first issue. I'm curious to see if Eric remains as a government operative as Skyman, or if he realizes he's being used and tries to be independent. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jan 15, 2014

    This is a nice re-launch for a golden age hero. By placing him in modern conflicts and making the character relevant was no easy task. This creative team managed to pull it off! I'm left wondering: What will they come up with next? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Jan 15, 2014

    Skyman's premise of a brave and broken warrior having to fix himself and the legacy of the superhero identity is a sound one, but the book needs better pacing and a dash of subtlety if it is to be a worthy companion to Captain Midnight. Fialkov and company should be proud of the character they created, now they just have to build a story worthy of their creation. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 15, 2014

    "Skyman" #1 is a mundane first issue that offers potential for future issues. Presuming we're ready to leave the racial slurs behind and focus on the construction of Skyman, Fialkov and Garcia have their work cut out for them. There's a lot of story waiting to be told here and Fialkov has established there are plenty of foundational blocks to build a world upon. Read Full Review

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