Comic Book Review: Hawkman #4
There’s nothing to fear more than the unknown. True words when you are Hawkman, the guy who has suddenly come to the realization that he has lived thousands of lives more than those he was aware of. Not to mention finding out that he has a mission that he may have forgotten over the course of those reincarnations. Making this a race against time to figure that out before the threat comes to end all that he knows.
This issue throws us straight into the next sip through time for Carter Hall. For as little as I know about Hawkman and his character history, I felt very captivated by each introduction that we have gotten to past Hawkmen. As he said, there is a variety to these past lives considering they are not just from different points in time, but different worlds as well. This one was the most interesting since this version was a wingman in the Thanagarian police force. Thanagarian space cop Katar Hol was pretty much your cliche of intense cop who tends to have personal grudges. I wasn’t all too shocked by the fight that broke loose again because two people can’t seem to look at each other and realize they are one in the same, but I tried not to dwell on that too long. When that prolonged game of cat and mouse came to an end, that was where things began to get interesting for what this point in time had to offer Cater in clues to what’s coming.
As the time came for actual discussion on the purpose of Carter on this world, and with this Hawkman, that was where we got some much-needed clarity on the main plot. It helped having the opportunity to have this other Hawkman who also realizes that there is something missing from their history, and something dark approaching. That connection between them took us where we needed to be when it came down to realizing just why they should fear what’s right around the corner. Now where the next clue led him? That was the shocker for this issue. I would not have guessed such an obscure location with very little relation to Hawkman. At least none that we can see on the surface.
The initial scene for this issue was just a bit distracting. I like when there is a strong allusion to something that we should be looking forward to, but I wasn’t seeing that there. It was pretty random and left me with one question more than I needed aside from what was going on in the here and now. That isn’t to say it wasn’t understood not too much later, but it certainly made you feel as though you missed something when flipping over to the first page. If I was being fair, then I’d say this is one of those things where you simply let the story tell itself.
This issue was one more that this art team knocked out of the park. I would like to also say that in particular for Bryan Hitch. I say it again that Hitch is perfect for a book like Hawkman because he is a penciler who pays attention to the detail that comes from his pencils, and is never afraid of doing a full rendering of a scene. That much I admire so much because Hawkman is all about exploration and discovery. Where is that if you can’t sit back and find yourself wowed by the memorable settings. Everything about Thanagar was fitting for someone who flies. The floating cities, the modern-futuristic cityscape, and the way they fly was all unique. When it came to the fight sequence, that stood out for how fluent every action was. Neither flew the same because of their form of flight, and they posed themselves differently to capture the way that affects their range of movement. The colors for this issue were very strong as well. The glow effect was more prominent than anything else, and that worked for what unfolded here between the destructiveness of this new enemy, and the atmosphere of Thanagar. What impressed me was how well the art team as a whole handled the rain on Thanagar. It fell, it had surface impact, and it had run-off. The patience for that is always appreciated.
Hawkman #4 overall was a solid issue. Another cool interaction with another Hawkman, another cool aerial combat scene, and plenty of wonder to take from the artwork that captured the beauty of the scenery.