A while back I reviewed Dark Horse’s Skyman miniseries. Unknown to me at the time was that this series was a part of Dark Horse’s “Project Black Sky” superhero line of comics. Blackout is another comic from that same line and it feels similar to Skyman in many ways. It’s a four issue miniseries as well that focuses more on its story then actually developing any interesting characters.
Blackout stars Scott Travers who has this suit that allows him to traverse through a dark dimension that he uses to pass through walls. Scott’s dad left him this suit and then disappeared so Scott is searching for him. Of course some mysterious people are hunting him down for the suit so he has to face them and their giant mech suits.
There’s not much else here in this series and I truthfully just found it completely uninteresting. I’m trying my hardest to remember the events of this comic and there’s only a few things that I can recall even though I read this fairly recently. The only really good things I liked in the comic were the suit design itself and the dimension the suit accesses. This dark dimension is cold so Scott needs the suit to get through it so he actually uses it in a fight by having people fall into the portal he makes. It’s a clever idea and it makes for an entertaining fight scene. This Scott guy though is just a plank of wood in terms of personality. It drags the book down when there’s no interesting characters to even care about. I just can’t recommend the book at all and it’s no wonder the “Project Black Sky” line failed with output like this.
Writer: Frank J Barberie
Artist; Colin Lorimer