Review – Skybourne #1 (of 5) (BOOM! Studios)

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Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer/Art: Frank Cho
Colours: Marcio Menyz
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Release Date: 7th September 2016

Here’s the blurb… “A new, original series from celebrated creator Frank Cho (Totally Awesome Hulk, Savage Wolverine)! Full of fast-paced action, Skybourne is Indiana Jones meets James Bond with fantasy elements thrown in. Cho describes it as “one of the most cinematic stories I’ve envisioned.” 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.”

Now that hyperbole sets a very high bar now, doesn’t it?

Next we have the information from the inside splash page…”Lazarus, after his miraculous resurrection, fathered three children, Abraham Skybourne, Thomas Skybourne and Grace Skybourne. All three children were blessed with superhuman strength, Impenetrable Skin and immortality.”

Seriously, with all of this potential, the promise of Indy, Bond, King Arthur, Lazarus – if I didn’t have a review copy in front of me I would be saying “Take all of the monies now. Mine, yours and his, that guy over there. He wants to buy this comic too; he just doesn’t know it yet.”

But I do have a review copy in front of me, so I have the luxury of setting out with a sensible head on, one which isn’t swayed by hyperbolic chatter straight from the BOOM! Marketing bods.

So let’s get down to brass tacks. This story is beautifully drawn, which isn’t that remarkable considering this is the work of the incomparable Frank Cho, working on his own creation. I don’t think that there has been a superlative in the English language that hasn’t been used at some point to describe Cho’s work, so I’ll repeat one or three… Lush, gorgeous, sublime.

As for the story, it’s a wonderfully woven tale which escalates page by page, with Grace taking on all comers with apparent ease, until she doesn’t. It’s a walk in the park until it isn’t. It’s very well done. Just enough is revealed to make sure that the reader is interested. Please be aware that no scantily clad women were used in the production of this comic, Grace is fully clothed throughout. So if you are looking for Frank Cho to titillate you with his “feminine charms”, then this book isn’t for you, at least not yet.

I only had one little incy wincy, teeny weeny ikle bugbear in the whole issue. Two separate antagonists use the word “wench” to describe Grace in this book. It’s a work that was used three times in total. Not a lot in the big scheme of things, but the little things count. Surely another invective could have been used, at least for one of the uses? However, that being said, it doesn’t detract from the story at all.

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 doesn’t know it yet; would that answer the question?


Rating: 5/5.

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rxyjwppkjrmmxij7yk76The writer of this piece was: John Wallace
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