Comic Book Review: Hawkman #7
We’ve had some very notable issues of Hawkman so far, but none more than this month’s release. Without flipping open to the first page, the cover said everything about what we had to expect. The origin of Hawkman is everything that we have been waiting for on top of everything else uncovered so far about his history. Now was the time for more answers than questions, and I couldn’t wait to see what this story had in store for us.
As I said last month, I was never prepared to actually get the origin in the previous issue. There was always room to be patient when the storywriting for this book has been so on point in capturing the exploration and discovery from Carter Hall’s corner of the DC Universe. It was fitting that when we would actually get around to the issue giving us the Hawkman origin, it would be a whole issue dedicated to giving us a full story and immersion. There was no build-up, there was no suspense. This creative team jumped straight into it and you couldn’t have asked for better treatment. I will say that there was some stuff in the beginning that went over my head, but that was mainly due to the lack of knowledge that I have about Hawkman’s world. For anyone else, this was all very informative and well scripted from our introduction to the original Hawkman, to the kind of life he lived before changing his destiny. It caught me off guard to see how drastically different his role was around that time. You wouldn’t have called him the hero by a mile, even though this started us around the time where that was the role he was preparing to step into.
Through the events of this story you could also begin to make sense of some of the things we witnessed from the trips in time that Carter Hall took previously. Nothing too significant, but the pieces were falling into place where there was still questions. That includes the identity of the enemy who was also revealed to us at the very end of Hawkman #6. By the end of this issue it was understood with clarity why the Deathbringers have been making their away to Earth to destroy it. Their reason had to be personal, and it surely was. More than enough motivation to set us up for a big confrontation.
How Hawkman is able to reincarnate time after time was very satisfying. I don’t think I was left with any reason to challenge the reason why he forgot his purpose for living or what that purpose was. One thing I was left wondering was who this entity could be who had enough power to grant one person an eternity of reincarnations. With a book like this, it might only take a bit more patience as the story unfolds at its own pace. The only other question I think this leaves us with is how understanding the past will help Carter Hall in the present. Unlike other issues where we are being led to devices, keys, or resources, this was nothing more than an info dump. Even if the next destination were to lead to a weapon, what would he do with that?
Very impressive work from the art team of Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Jeremiah Skipper. Hitch’s pencils were brilliant for the attention to detail that he puts into his work. Whether it was the battlefield littered with bodies of Thanagarians or the sea of skulls that Ktar was seen walking through, it takes some patience to pull that off without sacrificing quality for quantity fit within those pages. The same goes for the many living Thanagarians seen or the numerous temple structures we were introduced to. All of it was handled with the intent to make everything distinct from the next. Because of that detail that Hitch puts into his pencils, that left a lot of work for Currie on inks as well. His work stood out for the depth he was able to create in the characters and settings. These were dark times, and that showed through the way that inks and shadows existed more than light sources. As for the colors from Skipper, the consistency in the way that he makes the art pop was nothing to overlook. Where his colors shined most was capturing the unique atmospheres of each planet visited. The light of day never looked the same, and added shifting tones to the kind of life that Ktar lived.
The origin story that Hawkman #7 gave us was worth the wait. Hawkman has been a lot of things, but this revelation changes everything that Carter Hall thought he knew about himself and his past lives.