Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Hawkman #25 Review

Gleaming The Void

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Marco Castiello, Danny Miki, Jeremy Cox, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 7, 2020

We're back with the Winged Warrior to find out how Shayera and he will get their feathered butts out of the void that they've found themselves in because if they don't do it soon, it seems like they'll become a snack for the Lord Beyond the Void, who still seems to be holding a grudge against Carter for banishing him away during his first life as Ktar Deathbringer.  Let's see what the Hawks have up their sleeves as they take on this dark god and along the way, maybe find out more about Carter and Shayera.  Let's check it out.

Alright, so deep down in the void, where Hawkman once sent his former god, soldiers and people he'd captured while under the thraw the Lord Beyond the Void, he finds himself and Hawkwoman face to face with the being that he once betrayed and who has been waiting for lifetimes to finally get Hawkman and Hawkwoman back in front of him.  Now, if you've been reading Hawkman, this issue will do what it always does and fill out a lot of the issue with a fight scene or repeat something that we've dealt with a lot previously, but there is a bright spot here because we do finally get the flashback that shows how and why Shayera was able to grant Hawkman the curse/gift of resurrection until he saves as many lives as he once took and why she too is connected to Carter with this reincarnation.

There are some big things here, like the previously talked about connection being explained, the idea that everything that's happened was orchestrated by the Lord Beyond the Void to get the Hawks here, (which while big seems a bit over the top) and the idea that the Lord Beyond the Void severed Carter's connection to his mace.  I added that last one because it seems like it was supposed to be really big, but since Carter legitimately had the mace come to him a long time ago, where he seemed surprised and we haven't done anything with that since this bit does kind of fall flat in my mind.  The Hawks though are in the grasp of the dark god and he's going to use the energy of their many lives to finally break free of his prison and overall, that's an interesting development, especially how it plays out in this issue.

All in all, I enjoyed the art in this issue a lot and thought a lot of the reveals were really well done, but we still get the usual Hawkman battles that take up a good portion of the book, while the reveals, which are the interesting aspect of the book, since they've been dangling around for close to two years are sparsely divvied out and then quickly pulled away right as we're about to get the full lowdown on something.  I still liked this issue though and wish the mace would have been talked about more or actually wish that we would have had the Nth metal connection story happen somewhere in this series or how the Lord Beyond the Void can sever that connection, but I guess you can't have everything and at the end of the day, I still had fun with this book despite its faults.

Bits and Pieces:

Hawkman continues to entertain, but at least this issue it feels like we moved a bit further than an inch by the time the final page is read because not only did we get Shayera's connection to Hawkman and what her backstory is on her first life, but we get the big bad's plan on what he wants with our Winged Warriors and it's pretty interesting.  I enjoyed the art in this issue and can't wait to see where this story goes.


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