Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Hawkman #19 Review

Beating Evil With Love........ And A Mace

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Pat Olliffe, Tom Palmer, Jeremiah Skipper, Starkings & Comicraft
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 11, 2019

The Sky Tyrant is flying high now that the Batman Who Laughs has infected Carter Hall, making his personality from his Earth-3 incarnation come to the forefront of his mind.  Now that he's here, he intends to kill as many people as possible..... you know.... because he's from Earth-3 and the only one who can stop him is the part of his mind that's still Carter Hall...... Oh yeah, and Shayera as well, she's come from Thanagar Prime to kick a little ass and get Carter's mind right again.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

In this issue we see that The Shade called the Justice League about Carter not acting like himself and then they in turn called Shayera on Thanagar Prime to come to Carter's aid...... even though we have Kendra Saunders on Earth and as part of the Justice League.  I guess Venditti figured she was too busy doing Justice League stuff or wasn't able to use her so instead we get Shayera, which I'm sure will make a lot of people happy, but the problem is...... We don't get a lot of her beyond her kicking Sky Tyrant's ass.  

Yeah, the majority of this issue is a big fight scene that goes over what we already know about Carter's lives and who Sky Tyrant is, but a bit of new information we get here is why Sky Tyrant is all about killing, whether it's on Earth-3 or our own sweet Earth.  That's really all about it though, this is a fast moving issue that feels weird not only because it's forced to be an Infected tie-in, but because of the choices it made in what to reference and who to bring into the issue.

While after the first twelve issues that dealt with Carter's new origin I thought that we were going to be moving forward in new and interesting ways, but here we are still talking about what Carter remembers about his past lives and what he doesn't and with the art taking a bit of a hit with Pat Olliffe recently, this just leaves a really boring Hawkman book, that's not even that great to look at.  Not to mention that not a lot seems to happy issue to issue.

Bits and Pieces:

Hawkman's infected and his lady love from another world is here to beat it out of him and really, that's about it.  This issue is a big fight scene that makes weird choices in who it brought into this issue and what they did with the characters, but ultimately it was all kind of boring and sadly didn't look all that great either.


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