Comic Review: Hawkman #12 (DC Comics)

It’s every Hawkman from all of time and space against an entire Deathbringer army! With the rest of England under attack by the Deathbringers, they have decided to unleash their […]

It’s every Hawkman from all of time and space against an entire Deathbringer army!

With the rest of England under attack by the Deathbringers, they have decided to unleash their one final attack to nuke it all. In the midst of the battle, Hawkman and Idamm both eager to end their eternal war, face off one last time. Only one victor will come out on top! Who will win? Find out in this epic conclusion!

Robert Venditti breathes so much life into this series and its character by taking advantage of the rich tapestry of the characters history. It’s amazing that at times that I would find myself reading a Hawkman series and genuinely enjoying it due to how well Venditti writes the character. There is a sense of authenticity to the writing that not only honors the characters within the story but also invites new ideas that have made this a great run thus far. This issue was packed with tons of action, but what really makes the story shine, is Hawkman and Idamm’s desperate attempt at making amends of the past. Idamm is enraged for being betrayed eons ago by Carter (Hawkman), while Carter is trying to make up for all the past atrocities that he inflicted in his past life as a Deathbringer. It’s such a great parallel between these two characters because they are both tied down to a past that they can’t free themselves from.

Venditti does a fantastic job at pacing the story and the conflicts that occur throughout the battle, making everything come full circle by the end. If there is one thing that I kinda wished that Venditti did, is that I sorta wish that he ended the issue in a way that felt self-contained to the arc instead of continuing into the next arc. But, then again, knowing that the conclusion leads to a following arc made me happy since it was a positive sign that this series is continuing. But for what it’s worth, this entire arc felt like a great mini-series and works as a mini-series. I only hope that this continues to have the same writing and artist team because it’s been such a thrill ride this far.

Bryan Hitch knocks it out of the park with his layouts. He was and is the perfect illustrator for this series, proving that he and Venditti are solid writer/artist duo. Hitch delivers in providing large scale battles and cinematic wonders all on a two-dimensional surface that screams with raw power that pulls the reader in for a fun ride.

Hitch is known for providing blockbuster visuals and decompressed storytelling, and it works so well in this issue and the rest of the series. I’d hope that he’d stick around for as long as he and Venditti are on board. Andrew Currie, Norm Rapmund and Scott Hannah do a fantastic job with their ink work, and Jeremiah Skipper’s coloring is fantastic. It’s great to see Skipper’s colors shine with such vibrance that it fits perfectly in sync with the art.

This is a fantastic issue and a worthwhile series. This is the best that Hawkman has been in a long time, and it would be a crime for you to miss out or pass on this book. As someone who isn’t a huge Hawkman fan, I’ve developed such an appreciation for the character, and I think others will too. It’s worth checking out, and I’d recommend this series to anyone. Definitely add this to your pull list for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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