This review is a comprehensive one for the complete Airboy limited series of four issues. I bought this book mainly out of curiosity. I'm familiar witThis review is a comprehensive one for the complete Airboy limited series of four issues. I bought this book mainly out of curiosity. I'm familiar with James Robinson from his acclaimed run on the DC Comics JSA, Vol. 1: Justice Be Done series that ran from the late 90s into the early 2000s. He also independently created a terrific all-ages comic book called Leave It to Chance Volume 1: Shaman's Rain also published in the late 90s.
However, I stopped reading most comic books from Marvel and DC several years ago, and lost track of his more recent work. I read an article that talked about how his Airboy title from Image comics was the best thing he has written in some time. With that accolade, I decided to take the plunge and buy the four-issue series published by Image comics.
I was not impressed.
Correction: One aspect of the book that shines brightly is the gorgeous artwork by Greg Hinkle, an artist who should be getting much more attention.
As far as the plot, here's the gist without spoilers - Airboy is an extremely meta, semi-autobiographical portrait of James Robinson set in a monochrome hyper-reality. In the comic, he's hired by Image Comics to create a new Airboy series, but he must first grapple with his significant insecurities about his skill as a writer - and value as a human being. During the course of the series, he drags artist Greg Hinkle into the vortex of his existential crisis. Hijinks ensue.
Frankly, I found Robinson's portrayal of himself in the series to be insufferable, and not at all sympathetic. Yes, we all have a time(s) in our lives when we question our self-worth, abilities, and purpose in life. We all sure as hell make mistakes, but in Airboy, Robinson uses self-pity as an excuse to indulge in some pretty selfish and reckless behavior. Let's just say, if even only a fraction of his behavior as depicted in the series is true, the person I have all the sympathy for is Robinson's wife. I feel the same for Greg Hinkle, whose depiction in the series is not much better than Robinson's.
Robinson is a brilliant writer who has the kind of career success in the comic book and entertainment industry that many can only dream about. Sorry, but it's hard for me to feel sorry for super-successful people behaving badly while throwing themselves a major pity party.
And that is what this Airboy series seemed to me - a gorgeously drawn, overly self-indulgent whine-fest from one of the most acclaimed comic book writers in the business. Yeah, thanks but no thanks....more
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