Dreaming Eagles is the newest comic creation of writer Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Punisher) and one of the first comics to be published by the newly formed comic book publisher Aftershock. I have read some of Ennis’ prior works and have enjoyed them so I decided to give his newest book about the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II a shot. The book is different than most of the work Ennis is known for, but in a good way.
You have to tip your hat to Aftershock for bringing on Ennis – he is an acclaimed writer that does not shy away from controversial and sometimes offensive scenarios in his comics. In this comic, however, Ennis’ storytelling is not meant to offend, but rather to make you think about a situation that was once controversial. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American servicemen to serve as military aviators in the U.S. armed forces. Think about that for a moment, there was a time when African Americans could not serve as aviators because of racial prejudice. What’s even crazier is that the Tuskegee Airmen wanted to serve (and die for) their country even though they were not treated as equals by their countrymen.
The covers of Dreaming Eagles are masterfully done by the one, the only, Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle, Afterlife With Archie, and every other comic cover on the market) and the interiors are illustrated nicely by Simon Coleby (2000 AD, The Authority). The lineup of Ennis, Francavilla, and Coleby is an impressive one and well worth the cover price. You can tell these guys were not going through the motions when they contributed to this series.
Dreaming Eagles takes place during the time of Martin Luther King Jr., many years after the service of the Tuskegee Airmen. So far, through issues #1 and #2, we have learned about the difficulties that the Tuskegee Airmen faced through the eyes of a former Tuskegee Airman who is now a father, and for the first time is opening up to his unruly son about his war service. Ennis has included many levels to his storytelling to give you a lot to think about. He touches on the many accomplishments of the airmen, the toll that war takes on those who are brave enough to serve, and the dynamic between a father and son who want the same thing (to be treated as equals in society) but differ in terms of how that can be accomplished.
I found Dreaming Eagles to be the perfect escape from the typical comic – it’s deep, it’s factual, and it makes you think. This six-issue mini series is almost halfway through so pick up your copies today and get in on something new. Consume Review Repeat gives Dreaming Eagles 8 out of 10 Nazi planes getting blow to bits.