Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hawkman #10 Review

Come At Me Hawk Bro

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

The Deathbringers have come to Earth for revenge against our hero and somehow........ somehow one man...... one Hawkman will have to fight off an army in order to save our planet..... Or maybe the Justice League will show up or something.  Really though, if you've been following Hawkman this long, I'm pretty sure you can guess how our Winged Warrior will be able to save the day against his past sins.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

While I once said that the biggest problem with this comic was its formulaic take to each issue, where our hero would cross time and space to come together with one of his different personas and then get a clue to where his next jaunt through time and space would be, now that we've moved past that aspect to the story, the biggest problem now is that nothing really feels fresh.  Yeah, we've got Hawkman fighting a gigantic threat that seems to be beyond his means...... but we don't really know anything about the origins of "The Deathbringers" beyond the point that Hawkman's first incarnation used to be a general for them and that they worshipped some void god.  I have no idea why they all appear to be Thanagarian or why they have giant bird mechas and I have no idea how or why Hawkman is able to travel throughout time and space to get the answers he needed.  

Getting back to the not so fresh aspect to this book, which I say not hating this issue, only point it out, we have a very basic feeling comic, where Hawkman fights some people, the villain monologues to catch readers up with what's been going on and we come to our conclusion that to me felt very obvious since the middle of this series.  With that being said though, this isn't terrible, it just isn't very inspired and I'd like this book to wow me at some point beyond the idea that DC Comics is finally trying to have a proper origin for Carter Hall.......... which somehow doesn't include Hawkgirl, which I still don't understand.  

All in all, the art continues to be very good, it's just the story is kind of boring at this point and I don't feel anything from the villains because we don't really know anything about them except that they're supposed to be big and bad and they're out looking for revenge against our hero....... pretty basic stuff.  I'm hoping though that once this arc is over we can start to see Venditti spreading his wings on this character and giving the not so informed on Hawkman a reason on why they should care about Carter Hall in the DC Universe.  

Bits and Pieces:

The storytelling is pretty basic in this issue, but it ultimately gets the job done.  Really though, I'm just looking for Venditti to tell me more about the Deathbringers and why I should care about them and how Hawkman is able to do his time and space jaunts whenever he feels like it beyond just saying its supernatural gobbledygook and moving on.  The art in this issue is enjoyable, I'm just looking for more out of this title.


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