Comic Book Review: AfterShock Comics – Dreaming Eagles #1

New indie publisher AfterShock Comics

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Dreaming Eagles #1 (MR)

(Writer) Garth Ennis

(Artist) Simon Coleby

(Cover Artist) Francesco Francavilla

PopCultHQ Spotlight: During the time in our American history, when black Americans in many U.S. states were still subject to the harshness of Jim Crow laws and the American military was strongly racially segregated, The Tuskegee Airmen prevailed. Pilots who were subjected to constant racial discrimination, from both within and outside the army, these men and woman had to endure with so much more social pressures in a time of much-needed change.

The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African-American military group in the United States Army Air Forces that fought in WWII. The name also applies to the navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, instructors, crew chiefs, nurses, cooks and other support personnel for the pilots. You may have seen the movies Tuskegee Airmen or Red Tails but you have not read the intriguing tales of the Dreaming Eagles.

Garth Ennis gives us a story of Lt. Reggie Atkinson, who is one of those first African American fighter pilots during World War II. For Reggie, the war is still fueling his nightmares 20 years later as his son Lee is enchanted with the empowering message of the Civil Rights Movement, led by the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. As Reggie tries to deal with his horrific past in the war, he also is having to deal with the massive critical social issues that not only affect his race, but most importantly his family. Pick up the premiere issue of Dreaming Eagles #1, with fabulous intense aerial dog fighting drawn by Simon Coleby, brings you right into the dangerous high-flying action.

 

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Official Synopsis:

Inspired by true events, Dreaming Eagles tells the story of the first African American fighter pilots to join the United States Army Air Force in WWII and whose humble beginnings in Tuskegee, Alabama propelled them into the deadly skies above Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. Not only were they instrumental against the Nazi war machine, but also braved an equally great challenge, overcoming everyday bigotry amongst their fellow American soldiers as well as civilians at home. High in the heavens, they fought a battle that would change their country and their world forever. Inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen, and it follows Lt. Reggie Atkinson, one of the first African American fighter pilots in World War II.
For Reggie, “the great War” is still haunting his nightmares two decades later as his son, Lee becomes involved with the Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..; and Lee doesn’t fully understand why his father is so hesitant to embrace King’s ideology. Industry legend Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Hellblazer) joins artist Simon Coleby (2000 AD, The Authority) for this high-flying tale of love, war and family.

 

New indie publisher AfterShock Comics

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