Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hawkman #13 Review



Sometimes You Just Want Some Protein Sludge


Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Will Conrad, Jeremiah Skipper, Starkings & Comicraft
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 12, 2019


Okay, we've seen Carter Hall stop the Deathbringers and recover his memory so now it's time to get to some proper Hawkman action, where we can hopefully see the character become a full member of the DCU........ and I mean "full member" in that I want him to interact with other heroes and events going on right now.  Sadly though, I won't be getting what I want right away because with this issue we start seeing some of Carter's past incarnations and what they faced throughout time and space.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.


For this little one-shot, we see Carter Hall in space, aboard his ship, trying to remember some of his past lives........ even though he should remember them all after the events of the last issue, but to help him remember, he sits down in the spaceship's museum and reads up on some of the journals of his past selves so that he can remember a world called Nebulen that had a centuries long war between the H'gris and Malanite people.


This is a nice enough story, where Carter keeps finding himself reincarnated on each side of this war, even though I'm not sure if he remembers everything from his previous lives in each of these incarnations, but essentially, this is a war is hell situation that goes on for hundreds of years and finally needs a hero to stand up and end things.  That's all we get here, but thankfully, it's depicted with some excellent art from our new artist Will Conrad that flows really well in from what we had for the previous twelve issues.


All in all, the art is amazing and the story is fine, but at the end of the day it's kind of cliche and makes you think of a hundred different things you've seen similar to it in other media....... that doesn't make it bad though, it just makes it not as exciting as I would have liked, even though this is a pretty enjoyable issue.  I just hope that we get more exciting versions of Hawkman if we keep this story idea going forward, but really I'm ready for Hawkman to take flight towards the villains of Earth and get his superhero-ing going full throttle.

Bits and Pieces:

While this issue is enjoyable, I wonder why Carter still can't remember his past selves after what we got last issue, but besides that, this is fun and looks great.  I just wish it was a little more original and didn't make me think of so many stories just like this.  

7/10

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