Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hawkman #9 Review

Holy Deathbringers!

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Jeremiah Skipper, Starkings & Comicraft
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 13, 2019

Carter Hall has had all the visions and encounters with his past lives that he'll be able to because the Deathbringers are on their way to Earth........ Too bad that our hero never really found a way to stop them.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Hawkman, the former General of the Deathbringers themselves is enough to stop this monster threat and if he'll finally be rewarded with sweet, sweet death once he does.  Let's check it out.

Alright, the scavenger hunt angle of this book seems to be over now and I feel completely back on board because not only are we back on Earth, but it seems that we'll finally get to some action that means something to our hero and to our favorite comics Universe.  That's right, the Deathbringers are here and while I do love the huge panels that are presented to show you the scope and size of these giant metal monsters, it's because of this that the issue actually feels pretty damn short with what we get.  

Yeah, it's a double edge sword, but I'll gladly take what we get here instead of issue after issue of coming across past versions of our hero because while it was nice to get a concrete origin for our winged warrior and the idea that all of the other versions of Hawkman that we've seen over the years and even in this continuity all make sense, it was getting a bit tedious because we really didn't get anything out of those encounters.  That's all over with now........ at least for the time being and it looks like we'll just have a straight up battle with good against evil and while some may feel that that is a tired concept and want more depth out of their books, I for one can't wait to see what Carter Hall can do when confronted with his past....... his first past.  

All in all, this is a very quick issue, but it does get me back into this book that seemed stale with the formula that it was using again and again for each issue.  This feels fresh and the scope of what Hawkman is facing here seems like there's no way that our hero will be able to overcome........ leaving me really interested in what Venditti has planned going forward.  The art in this issue was great and seeing more backgrounds in this issue made the art stand out more than it already has throughout this run.  All in all, this isn't a perfect issue, but it seems like the start to a lot of fun and that gets me excited.

Bits and Pieces:

We turn a page in the way this series has been playing out, in that we're actually doing something new and because of that the story feels exciting again.  The art in this issue is great and I can't wait to jump back into the next issue to see what our hero will do when confronted against his ultimate evil.  The biggest complaint here is that it goes by way too fast for what we get out of it, but that's not saying what we get isn't fun.  


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