Skyman 1 (January 2014)

Skyman 1 cover dark horse comics fialkov garciaSkyman is real close to being in my “why would I want to read this” stack. It’s generally okay. The art is strange–mainstream superhero with angst; it’s unclear if Manuel Garcia isn’t doing enough on the pencils and Bit has to fill in on the inks or if Bit is inking in the Sturm und Drang.

But the art isn’t why Skyman is unpleasant. Joshua Hale Fialkov–presumably under instruction (I didn’t realize Skyman was actually part of some existing superhero continuity)–is doing a lot with race. Racist white guys in the military, about a week from staging a Neo-Nazi coup–these are all the white guys in the military, by the way–give hell to the nation’s official superhero, who’s a black guy.

So it’s mostly Skyman’s supervisor being sneakily racist and not-so sneakily racist around him. It’s cynical and realistic. But why read it?

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CREDITS

Writer, Joshua Hale Fialkov; penciller, Manuel Garcia; inker, Bit; colorist, Marta Martínez García; letterer, Nate Piekos; editors, Spencer Cushing and Jim Gibbons; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

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