Comic Book Review: Hawkman #2
Carter Hall has returned to the DC Universe, and with him he brings a new journey into mystery as he aims to solve the biggest question being himself. The debut issue last month changed everything you thought you knew about Hawkman when we were exposed to the many incarnations of this hero that were never before seen, and many that have not yet come. Not to mention while at the same time adding the idea that all of these incarnations are chances to fulfill a role he isn’t aware of.
For this second issue it took some time to move forward, but it was worth the wait to allow the story to reinforce what was revealed about Carter’s pasts as Hawkman. It honestly never hurts because a story like this could easily lose readers, though I’m glad that Robert Venditti has a good handle on plots involving the past and history. He is even more accustomed to stories involving both of those elements, while also throwing in the influence of what’s beyond Earth. The atmosphere to Hawkman to me is more of what you get when you give readers that unmentionable Indiana Jones set in the correct world and with the right characters. I would assume that this kind of story might bother me which is why I originally felt hesitant, but so far it is refreshing from the overdone professions that other heroes tend to have for their real lives.
When the adventure began anew for Carter, things got interesting very quick once he also began to ask the right questions. It was a good nudge as well what called him to action, even if the transition from one scene into the next was a bit of a jump. Answering what happens when one of his past lives comes looking for him was a bold step to take forward from there. Particularly when it comes to who that past life so happens to be. The initial conflict with that said was fun. Visually it is a treat seeing two winged figures in battle, even if that wasn’t what they were meant to do in the moment. Action aside, there are some things not yet understood about where this plot is taking us, but it is at the same time preferred that not everything is giving to us at once. For some books you expect to have some clarity in what’s going on, but it is more engaging to learn at the same pace as Carter since we are only in the beginning stages of this new exploration.
That aside, I do appreciate the pacing for a story like this. A series such as Hawkman’s comes with the fear that it could easily run too slow or the need for dialogue might outweigh everything else. It is great to be put at ease knowing that this creative team can strike a good balance between story and action.
Still I would say that Bryan Hitch was the best choice for Hawkman’s artist because he is a penciler who doesn’t cut corners. Every flip of the page he is consistently thorough in his rendering of characters, objects and settings. That is an artist to appreciate since some put most of their work into object up close, and then give you stick figures in the distance. For a book like Hawkman specifically, it makes a big difference to be patient enough to take us into a scene taking place in a museum or in the past and give us every detail of the hieroglyphics and texts. With that said, again it was interesting to see a few more new incarnations, while also seeing a bit more of one already established. As I pointed out above, the action scene was executed perfectly when these two Hawkmen confronted each other. Fights between those who fly is something you don’t see enough of these days.
Hawkman #2 takes us deeper into the mystery of Hawkman’s many incarnations. We may walk away with a few more questions than answers, but this is a story where you have to be willing to accept that these questions will get you from one issue into the next no matter how long they take to answer.