Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Death of Hawkman #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Marked For Death

Written By: Marc Andreyko
Art By: Aaron Lopresti, John Livesay, Rodney Buchemi, Blond, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to get back to the new Rann/Thanagar war and see how our heroes Adam Strange and Hawkman will hopefully stop it.  It's been slow going so far, what with Adam Strange spending the first issue trying to figure out how to get to Rann and then spending the last issue getting caught up with what's going on.  Yeah, it looks like all of this Thanagarian suicide bomber business might have been a ruse of some kind setup by Despero, but even if that's the full case........... We're talking about Despero and I don't have any idea how Adam Strange and Hawkman will take him on all by themselves.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Alanna Strange has calmed down with her blood lust for winged people and if Adam Strange will have to burn his eyes out after getting a up close and personal look at what Hawkman is packing.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Adam Strange still staring at Carter's package, but eventually he gets on the trolley and realizes that staring isn't polite and fills Hawkman in on what's going on over on Rann......... and over on Rann, the high council is talking about Adam Strange zeta-beaming off to Thanagar and wondering about whether his allegiances are with them and his wife Alanna or with Thanagar and his teammate Hawkman.  This could have been solved pretty easily if Adam would have just picked up his apple watch phone, but since Alanna tried calling him in front of the council and he just let it go to voicemail.......... Well, it doesn't look too good for Adam over on his wife's home front.

Back on Thanagar, it seems that the authorities are looking for Adam as well.......... I'm not sure why, but they are and when his picture is broadcast throughout the city, the woman that Hawkman had brought home in the previous issue decides that it's her civic duty to tell the peacekeepers...... and again, things don't look good for our heroes.  Especially when we see Despero go to his home world of Kalador, kill all the elders and then have his people praise him as their true leader.  Yeah, Despero on top of being one rude, crude bad dude, now has an army at his command and my optimism for our heroes to take him down is waning.

In the end, Adam and Katar steal a ship after Adam gets conformation from Cyborg that Despero is indeed out of his cell on Earth and out and about and the two head off to Kalador, which with what we just saw, seems like a very bad idea.  On top of all that, Alanna puts a bounty out for her husband and our savage hero.  

That's it for this issue of Death of Hawkman and while this series has remained pretty standard in that it neither exceeds my expectations nor lets me down, I did find myself getting a little sick of Adam's jokes to Hawkman in this issue because of the dire situation that they're presented with.  Yeah, we need a bit of levity going on, but since this series feels like it's moving at a snails pace, it just got on my nerves a bit here, but it's still that standard kind of issue that keeps chugging along.  The art in this issue like the rest of the series is great though and that's the real appeal to me when reading this. 

Bits and Pieces:

Death of Hawkman continues to be a so-so kind of story that doesn't offer a lot, but I still find myself enjoying it enough by the time the issue is over.  It's full of bright colors though and excellent art all the way through.  I just wish a little more would happen because we're moving at a snail's pace.  



  1. I agree with you 100% here Eric! This series hasn't been, bad, but it hasn't been great either, but the art is so good! The art is what convinced me to go with getting the series, and I'm ok with that for a 6 issue mini. Now hopefully the story will finally pick up a bit now that everything has been "Revealed". Although not much of a reveal when the main villain is on the cover of the first issue.

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    1. good catch. Fixed now, thanks for pointing that out.

  3. I'm also loving the art in this book; and I think the story is finally starting to pick up some. I'm hoping that the last three issues convince me that this is a good buy. And that maybe we can bring this Hawkman back into the DCU on a decent team with a decent writer. But that's really asking for too much.