Friday, June 19, 2020

Hawkman #24 Review

A Face Full Of Mace

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Cam Smith, Wade Von Grawbadger, Jeremy Cox, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 16, 2020

Now that the Sky Tyrant and the Batman Who Laughs Infection of Carter Hall is just over, it's time to get back to where this series started with the Lord Beyond The Void and Ktar Deathbringer.  In our previous issue, Carter and Shayera found themselves transported to the void that Ktar had banished his god and his soldiers at the beginning of his life, thus putting him on the path to pay for his past evils and being cursed/gifted with the power of resurrection to make sure that he could save as many people as he once killed.  Let's see if we can find out what Shayera knows about all of this and what this dark dimension has instore for our Hawks.  Let's check it out.

If you were looking for Hawkman and Hawkwoman to get a little savage, then this is probably the issue for you because once all the people, slave or Deathbringer soldier realizes that the man who banished them to this living hell for eternity has shown up, this issue becomes a full out fight that moves so fast you'll hardly believe that you actually read a full issue.  With that though, we kind of skim the surface of the idea of where Shayera started with Carter during his time as Ktar, but even this small snippet of information feels odd because Shayera's memories are all a jumble and I'm left wondering if she got her memories back when Carter did or if she's had problems reconciling her past memories this whole time, not to mention it seems that she was that otherworldly voice that gave Carter the power of reincarnation to make up for his past evils, but that aspect doesn't really feel covered in what our heroes discuss here.

Beyond that small discussion about memories and past lives though, this issue is just a fight scene that leads us to our big cliffhanger ending, where we finally get to see the Lord Beyond The Void........ and here I thought he was just a big old pillar this whole time.  Nope, it seems he has a body and now that our heroes are in his home dimension, he wants to tell us all about how he has manipulated things to have our heroes exactly where they are now. 

All in all, the book looks great and I love seeing Hawkman and Hawkwoman flying and fighting side by side, but while this is an appealing aspect to the book....... it doesn't give us much substance and makes for a quick read that kind of sucks because now we have to wait for the next issue to hopefully get some more information about not only Carter and Shayera but the Lord Beyond The Void.  Still, this is a fun enough issue and I'm sure Hawk fans will love it, but with two years of stories behind us now, I just kind of figured we'd have a better understanding of what's going on with our Winged Warrior.

Bits and Pieces:

A fast-moving slugfest is what awaits you in reading this issue and while that's still pretty damn fun and enjoyable, there isn't a lot of substance beyond that........ except for a brief mention of Shayera and Carter's connection.  The book looks great though and you'll definitely have some fun moments, but in the end, I still want more out of this title.


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