Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hawkman #7 Review

The First Life

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Jeremiah Skipper, Starkings & Comicraft
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 12, 2018

Since Hawkman's returned to his own title, it seems like every month we just go on a scavenger hunt, where we look for new clues, while running into previous versions of Hawkman.  While that's pretty fun, it has gotten a bit monotonous and I'm hoping now that we've gotten past the amount of issues that will be the first trade, we can move past the formulaic nature of this series and do something new.  Let's jump into this issue and see what happens when Hawkman remembers who he was originally and where that information will take him next.  Let's check it out.

While I am happy that this issue leaves its previous formula behind so that we can just tell the story of the first version of Carter Hall, the beginning of this issue is a little jarring in that it just throws you face first into something without explanation and while yes, you will eventually pick up what's happening here........... It just doesn't do enough to really pull you into the world that Venditti's setting up here because after seeing Ktar's character and his motivation, I just have to ask....... Why?

I continue to really enjoy the art that Bryan Hitch is giving us with this series, but this issue seemed a little less than usual and I don't know if it's because it lacked any real kind of background that just wasn't littered with people, but whatever it is, it just didn't do it for me as much as usual in this issue.  

Really though, this issue gives us some background that was seriously needed in uncovering the new origin for Carter Hall and his reincarnations, but it just feels odd because it seems to just be here and doesn't match up to anything that we've seen before and feels kind of isolated in a Universe that should be packed with Green Lanterns or at this previous point, at least Manhunters.  There's just a lot of things going on in this issue that feel like it should garner attention, but from everything we see it seems that Ktar and his partner Idamm are pretty much the most powerful people in the Universe and no one stands stand in their way.  This is an odd issue, but I look forward to the revelations it may bring, while also opening up Carter Hall's back story in new ways....... as long at it makes sense by the end.

Bits and Pieces:

While I love that this issue of Hawkman loses the formula that it's been using since the beginning and the fact that we're getting new information about the origins of Hawkman that will tie into what we're currently dealing with, this issue feels a little off in that it just throws us into a situation that comes off odd and without any kind of background.  The art is decent and I can't wait to see where these new revelations will take Carter Hall.



  1. It has been tested, Hawkman been experimented on with different origins and none has ever stuck around to define him. Some heroes are deeply integrated to the first impression and for Hawkman and Hawkgirl it was JSA.

  2. Hawkman is the prime example of why continuity in comics shouldn't be taken too seriously. Trying to mesh all of his past stories into a cohesive origin just isn't worth the hassle and messes it up ever more.