Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Death of Hawkman #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Say It Ain't So!

Written By: Marc Andreyko
Art By: Aaron Lopresti, John Livesay, Blond, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 1, 2017

Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Well, it's do or die time and goddamn do I hope that DC doesn't go with die here.  Yeah, we have a story called "Death of Hawkman", but does anyone really want to see Katar really die?  It could just be a clever name to bring up sales and we're used to that so we wouldn't be too angry if Hawkman survived at the end of this............ right?  You bunch of bloodsuckers better not let my Hawkman die, but from what we saw at the end of the previous issue, things don't look good for our hero.  Not only did Despero become fused with a large deposit of Nth Metal, but he was also able to control minds across the Universe and use his new abilities to turn Hawkman's Nth metal against him.  Yeah, I don't know what Adam Strange and Hawkman were thinking here because it definitely looks like they bit off more than they can chew with this over the top baddy.  Let's jump into this issue and see how Hawkman prevails because we certainly didn't get enough of him over the past couple of years to justify his death in my mind.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins the way I wanted it to and that's with us seeing that no matter how much pain Hawkman's in, he won't back down and will go out swinging........ and hopefully take out Despero with him.  While Hawkman's swinging away at old fin head, Adam Strange and the new Thanagarian Green Lantern Kral are doing everything they can to fend off the hordes of Kaladorians and Rannians that Despero has mind sicked on them, but it doesn't seem to be enough.  Constantly throughout this issue it seems like Adam Strange is a scatterbrain because he's going back and forth over and over again, looking like he has no idea what to do and while I realize he's in a perilous position, he just comes off feeling odd in this issue because of it.  He's helping Kral and then even though Hawkman tells him to go shut down the ultra zeta beam before Despero can send his troops to invade Earth, he's still going back to try and help Katar and really........ he's only getting in the way of the ass whooping that Hawkman is trying to lay on Despero. 

The fight between Hawkman and Despero in this issue in my mind is really the reason to buy this book because it's an epic fight that goes along such classics as Rocky Vs. Ivan Drago........ only on an alien planet............. with Nth Metal........... Okay, it's nothing like Rocky Vs. Ivan Drago, but the spirit is there and I loved watching it go down.  Eventually, Despero loses concentration for a moment with all of Hawkman's blows and Sardeth is able to get control of himself and tell Adam that he needs to shut down the crystals powering the zeta beam, but Sardeth's control doesn't last too long and in the end of this battle we see Hawkman give Despero his Nth Metal as a goddamn spear that shreds through the villain's head and in that moment, Adam Strange uses a spear to disrupt the zeta beam crystals, creating an explosion that seems to kill Hawkman, Despero and Adam Strange.

In the end, the Rannians and the Thanagarians realize the ills of their ways and that they have much more in common than they thought they did and with Green Lantern support, the two draw up an accord and claim peace between the two planets............. it only took Hawkman and Adam Strange sacrificing their lives, but they now have peace.  That's not all though because as we leave this issue it looks like Adam Strange is actually trapped in a zeta beam............ but sadly, Hawkman appears to actually be dead and Despero survived his attack.

That's it for this final issue of Death of Hawkman and sadly, the title wasn't lying.  This was a slug fest of an issue that I found myself really enjoying, but the parts with Adam Strange really slowed down the book because he looked like a dog that was being called back and forth by two different people and he didn't know what to do.  This is a weird mini series because at the end of the book it says that this is not the end and it's weird to do that in a mini because it's never guaranteed that we'll continue on with something so taking it as the ending, I have to say that the final pages of this book were kind of disappointing because.......... we didn't really get an ending.  Our heroes died and the villain lived.  With that though, the art in this issue looked great and I seriously found myself feeling for Hawkman with the level of beating that he was taking in this issue and I really hope that we do get an extra mini because now I really need closure.

Bits and Pieces:
Our finale to Death of Hawkman comes and sadly, it's more of a bridge to another story apparently....... Yeah, I don't know if we'll ever get that but because of this fact, I didn't get the closure I wanted at the end of this, but I did get one hell of a slug fest between Hawkman and Despero that I wanted and a book that looked good all the way through.



  1. Can't say I'm not disappointed. But what I feared came true after all. Now I guess Hawkman fans will have to wait for who knows how long until DC Comics decides on how to kill Hawkman next. It's enough to drive someone to Marvel.

  2. Can't say I'm not disappointed. But what I feared came true after all. Now I guess Hawkman fans will have to wait for who knows how long until DC Comics decides on how to kill Hawkman next. It's enough to drive someone to Marvel.

  3. I have been a bigger fan of this series than most, and I agree with what Eric says in the review; but I'm saving my score for this final issue for my rant'n'rave on the podcast. But great review Eric; just like Dickie Dunn, you really captured the spirit of the thing.