The Red Wing #1
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The Red Wing #1

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Nick Pitarra Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 13, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
8.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

To stay alive in the future, the best fighter pilots in the world not only have to perfect their skills and master their aircraft, they also have to know how to travel through time. Brought to you by award winning writer JONATHAN HICKMAN and possibly the best new talent of the year, NICK PITARRA, the Red Wing is the story of the greatest battle in the history of the history of three worlds.

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 16, 2011

    I am just flat out blown away by the first chapter of this book, as the writer and artist both put in a performance that uses familiar tools and tropes in new ways. The structure of this issue is a VERY strong first act, and the use of graphic elements (and the overall trade dress and logo design) sets it apart from the other books on the stands. It's an exciting story, well-paced for both an individual issue and for the inevitable trade, and Jonathan Hickman makes even the most complicated dialogues about twisting the fabric of space-time both interesting and understandable, and the visual imagery is first-rate. The Red Wing #1 is a startling kickoff, using familiar elements in new ways and creating a really impressive whole, earning 5 out of 5 stars overall. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jul 14, 2011

    "The Red Wing" #1 is a brilliant start to what looks to be a fascinating series. It's one of the best books I've read in months, in part because while it delivers a lot of satisfaction within this single issue, it promises so much more for the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Jul 17, 2011

    This is hard sci-fi for the fan of such things. Hickman is doing something as different from other time travel stories as it is from his more mainstream work, and the conclusion is something I cant wait to read more of. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Miguel Perez Jul 13, 2011

    Nick Pitarra's work is a thing of beauty. The Frank Quitely comparison is apt but only when it comes to his artistic style, not the storytelling. Aside from a gorgeous page showing a man age rapidly, his layouts and page structure are fairly standard. He's able to translate Hickman's script quite well onto the page though, and it's still one of the better-looking books out this week. Those looking for another great, mind-blowing Hickman story won't be disappointed with the promise this series holds. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 19, 2011

    So I'm thrilled to see an intelligent S-F story in a comic, and while it's too early to make a final judgment, so far I like what I see. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jul 14, 2011

    Now while Hickman's script has its complexities and we're never really told who the enemy is in this war through time, the story at the heart of The Red Wing is quite simple. It's about a kid who misses his dad. One could argue that Dom's refusal to let go of the tiniest glimmer of hope, to accept his loss and grief, demonstrates a flaw, a lack of maturity. But by the end of the issue, Hickman provides the reader with the justification the audience needs to get on Dom's side, to hope along with him. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic & Nick Hanover Jul 19, 2011

    Danny:As such, the plot jumps back and forth between the book's present with the sons and the past with the fathers, which is a great idea because it gives us time battles (?) instead of forcing us to wait through time pilot school along with the cadets. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 13, 2011

    It's hard to commit to a new series based on characters or a premise that is new but often it can be worth taking the chance. Jonathan Hickman has created a crazy scenario with a war that involves time travel. Rather than make things simply, you get the feeling that some of the technical matters have been thought out. The art by Nick Pitarra compliments the story and does a great job in setting up the designs of the ships and technology in this futuristic world. Some of the explanation can feel a little heavy and I don't suggest trying to read it in an office full of people talking. There is a lot of potential here and I am looking forward to seeing how all this is going to play out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Dustin Cabeal Jul 13, 2011

    I was definitely under impressed by this book, but I stillenjoyed it enough to pick it up and continue with the series. It may not beHickman's best work, but it's good to see him spanning out and getting backinto creator owned books again. Hopefully that keeps his tools sharp for thecorporate gig and he doesn't end up like Bendis a one-trick multiple book pony.If you missed Hickman's premier at Image then do yourself a favor and don't miss TheRed Wing. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Jul 18, 2011

    This comic didn't blow my socks off, but I was probably expecting too much out of the #1 issue and I really don't have any doubts that we'll have a fun story before the series wraps up. So, although this issue isn't getting a stellar grade, the series is in NO danger of being dropped. If anything, I'm frantically looking forward to the rest of the series because that's where the cool reveals will be. Read Full Review

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