Airboy #3

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Greg Hinkle Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 5, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 7
7.9Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

The drug, booze and sex fueled actions of JAMES ROBINSON and GREG HINKLE have pushed Airboy to the brink. And, in order to straighten these two degenerates out, he's taken them to his world: a steampunk arena of Allies vs. Nazis. But will the experience change James and Greg for the better? Will they finally see the light? Or will they corrupt this world too?

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Aug 4, 2015

    Airboy three carries on brilliantly from the first two issues, whilst completely flipping the story James Robinson has managed keep the momentum, humour and interest without missing a beat. Greg Hinkle's work is not only exceptional, but very complimentary to a story by holding up two contrasting styles denoting past and present without making them look too polarized. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Aug 6, 2015

    That's where the realism lies in this book. Hinkle and Robinson's dedication to the details, no matter how uncomfortable or offensive they are for some, show that on the other side of life " where failure, depravity, and self-abuse are commonplace " there's nowhere to hide. It's not always an easy read, it's certainly never a pleasant one, but Airboy is comics found in its purest form. In showing what kind of a person Robinson once was, we're offered an opportunity to look at our own lives, the mistakes we've made, and the accountability we either embrace or ignore completely. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Tyler Olson Aug 11, 2015

    AIRBOY is special. This comic is something that I have never read, and probably will never read anything like it. Through its clever use of throwing real-world people with real-world issues into a world full of Nazi-mech suits and soldiers named Skywolf and the Flying Dutchman, AIRBOY manages to become one of the most heartfelt and realistic stories known to date. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Aug 7, 2015

    The penultimate issue of “Airboy”, like the previous issues, is a humorous adventure with a tinge of tragedy. There is a feeling that Robinson and Hinkle have taken a character who has entered the public domain and molded a labor of love that is both personal and always outrageously entertaining. Robinson has proven himself a gifted writer before, yet this is the first time I've experienced Hinkle's art. He is deserving of the praise he is sure to get with “Airboy”. This third issue proves that any character, no matter how old, can be used to put a spotlight on the human condition. Plus, toilet humor is timeless. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Aug 5, 2015

    What I do know, however, is that this story is at it's very best when it makes these wild moments " like Hinkle's full page images of fighter jets dropping down from the sky " feel as real as the heartfelt ones, and the emotional tidbits get written with as much care as the poop and dick jokes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Aug 7, 2015

    I think I was right in predicting this to be an incredible series. We now have characters that are getting closer with each other (James and Airboy’s in-depth conversation), and new levels of characters that we haven’t yet seen. Airboy is exhibiting not only anger, but revenge. James even cries in this issue because he thinks he is bipolar, but he’s too scared to be medicated. From a medicated bipolar person’s standpoint, the tears are understandable. The characters are no longer dorks doing drugs; they’re turning into real human beings with emotions, who make mistakes and learn from them. It can only get better from here, so tag along for the awesomeness that is Airboy! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Aug 5, 2015

    And that is one of the problems that people may have with the book. Now, it's a matter of public record how some creators use either drugs or alcohol to help give them their creative buzz. For me, I don't mind. I am way too liberal to care what other people do. Do you have to have that same buzz to enjoy the book? I can't answer that. What I can say is I read this book, sober as a judge and found it to be funny and a little unsettling at times, which I think is the overall aim as calling yourself out for your flaws is very brave. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Aug 4, 2015

    It's jarring enough to detract from the issue's many strong points (including Hinkle's wonderful art), but not enough to sink it. It also looks like the series' final issue is going to be completely crazy"which is really saying something considering how the last three have been. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Flickering Myth - Zeb Larson Aug 7, 2015

    Perhaps we'll get some more of this meta-commentary in the next issue. Or perhaps the purpose of this is to jumpstart Robinson's interest in writing again, breaking the figurative constipation of the first issue (it worked for Hinkle). Here's hoping. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Aug 6, 2015

    Issue #3 of Airboy throws Robinson and Hinkle into a bigger mess than they were already in. Their lives don't seem to be going how they want, and this bender they're on doesn't seem to be losing any steambut when Airboy assigns them a new task to help out the war efforts it makes you wonderare these two ready to be heroes? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Aug 5, 2015

    As entertainingly "postmodern" as it may be, Airboy isn't a game-changing book. It's clearly having fun with its blumpkins and boners, and is setting something up that could be interesting in however many issues that remain, but this was definitely its weakest entry. I'll still stick with it, though, because as maudlin as it can sometimes get (the Robinson crying scene was a bit cringy) and as intentionally incitory, I'm still enjoying the way it wallows in its own self-deprecation. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    The Rainbow Hub - Emma Houxbois Aug 5, 2015

    Airboy began with some limited promise of being a further exploration of how creators engage with their subjects, but it's now completely devolved into Robinson jerking off, or perhaps Hinkle jerking Robinson off, given that he's the only part of the creative team who has shown evidence of putting any effort into this issue. Read Full Review

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