Sky-Island was formerly a floating island eight miles above the Atlantic ocean, and is home to the inhuman race of Bird People. The Bird People possess superior technology and utilize powerful anti-gravity drives to float the island high above the Earth's surface. They also use their technology to shroud the island in a thick fog bank, making it visually undetectable.

It is currently located in the vicinity of New Attilan, on the Hudson River.[8]

Modern Days

With a growing hatred for the humans who were filling their skies with smog, the Bird People planned to invade human civilization. Red Raven foiled their plot by using gas to place the entire avian population (including himself) in suspended animation, and sank their military complex (detached from the Sky-Island) to the bottom of the ocean, setting a timer to return them to the surface and reawaken them after several years.[9]

When the island eventually resurfaced near the end of the suspended-animation cycle the X-Men superhero Angel stumbled upon the island. Angel believed it would be more humane to revive the Bird People, but Red Raven disagreed. He again sank the island, continuing the suspended animation process, and set Angel adrift on a raft.[9]

Sometime later, following an undersea earthquake, the Red Raven construct's suspended-animation capsule broke loose. It floated to the surface, where Red Raven was found by his old wartime ally, Sub-Mariner. The imperfect suspended-animation technology that he had used, however, had begun to drive Red Raven insane, a condition that worsened when he wrongly believed that the Bird People all were dead. In a mad rage, he accidentally caused an explosion that destroyed the island.[10]

Years later, Red Raven was revived and became co-leader of the new Sky-Island with his daughter. Together they organized the surviving Bird People to rebuild the island.[2]


Non-Inhumans dwelling among the Bird People includes:

  • Red Raven - Human raised by the Bird People



Errors and retcons

Some elements about the Aerie contradict themselves:


  • Sky-Island may have been inspired by the children's novel "Sky Island: Being the Further Adventures of Trot and Cap'n Bill after Their Visit to the Sea Fairies", which took place on a floating island surrounded by a Great Fog Bank.

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