Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch send Hawkman flying with their Indiana Jones with wings take on the classic hero. Hawkman has been one of those characters in desperate need of consistency. Geoff Johns seemed to accomplish the impossible when he made Hawkman relevant and interesting in the modern Justice Society. Hawkman was one of the heroes that was most negatively impacted by the New 52 as the last thing he needed was another reboot.
Venditti has the right idea however as he makes Hawkman’s search for his identity his latest and greatest quest. That allows him to be reckless, daring and willing to explore even the most precarious situations. The downside is it kind of puts Hawkman in a bad light.
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There’s something a little off-putting about a hero who travels to an immaculate underground temple, takes an item and kills its defender simply because he needs it. If Darkseid or Lex Luthor did that it would be perfectly in character, but not so much for a hero. That’s going to be a challenge for Venditti in portraying Hawkman as a archeologist explorer without making him look like a cultural thief.
Hitch’s stint on Justice League might have been inconsistent, but he’s back in his comfort zone penciling and his pages look very impressive. I know Hitch really made his artistic mark on The Ultimates, but I like seeing him settle in on just one hero here. His acclaimed widescreen, heavily detailed pages look like Hitch is refreshed and ready to begin an exciting new chapter. Alex Sinclair’s colors strike the right tone of not overwhelming the pencils without looking washed out.
I’m optimistic about the future of this book as Venditti and Hitch are the right combination to make Hawkman work in the Rebirth era.
Rating: 8 out of 10