Written by James Robinson
Art/Lettering by Greg Hinkle
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 06/03/2015
Way back in January of 2014, I clearly recall the Airboy title being announced at Image Expo. I’m almost certain that two more expos have passed, and many of those titles launched not long after they were announced. Finally next week we get Airboy #1, from writer James Robinson (Starman) and artist Greg Hinkle.
So how would I describe Airboy? Well perhaps some might have other thoughts, but to me it’s a cross between Charlie Kaufman’s Adaptation and that season of Seinfeld when they are developing the pilot of Jerry on NBC. It’s a coffee table book about coffee tables; it’s a comic book about a comic book. It’s a semiautobiographical series where Robinson and Hinkle are telling the story about their creative journey and collaboration on Airboy.
This first issues starts off when the publisher of Image Comics (Eric Stephenson) calls Robinson and offers him the job to reboot AIRBOY, the Golden Age 1940s action hero, which he reluctantly accepts. With his career stalled and plenty of uncertainty in his life, Robinson struggles with ideas for the script, until his wife (Jann) suggests that finding an artist first might help the process. Enter Greg Hinkle. After a night out on the town that may or may not have included popping horse tranquilizers and snorting heroin, and what most clearly involved a drug induced threesome with a complete stranger they picked up at a bar, the duo are encountered by the namesake of their title.
Now I know this idea or concept if you will is not entirely original, but I love the direction that Robinson and Hinkle are taking with this. The writing is in your face hilarious and brutally honest, exhibiting a story that at times is as dark and depressing as it is funny. Hinkle’s illustrations are outstanding, with an incredibly unusual but detailed disposition of the characters, and his choice of colors (especially the shades of blue and purple) stood out to me. A very strong first issue in a series that might be best described as art imitating life imitating art.
REVIEW: AIRBOY #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)