Review – Hawkman #4 (DC Comics)

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artwork: Bryan Hitch
Colours: Alex Sinclair & Jeremiah Skipper
Lettering: Starkings & Comicraft
Release Date: 8th August 2018

Carter Hall vs Katar Hol. To save Earth, Hawkman must find the answer to Earth’s future in his own past. Now his travels have led him back to Thanagar and into a battle against the wingman of the Thanagarian police forces: Katar Hol. But what secret does Katar hold, and where will his revelation take Carter next?

After the previous issue of Hawkman (which you can read my review of HERE) ended on the cliff-hanger of Hawkman vs Hawkman, I’ve been eagerly anticipating this new instalment. I’ve always liked the Thanagarian side of the Hawkman mythos, arguably more than I like the reincarnation part, but as with this whole series Robert Venditti weaves the complex history of Hawkman into one engaging mystery.

I’m happy to report though that the promised fight between the Hawks more than lives up to the hype. Katar is written as a hot-head but is given a justifiable reason to immediately start a fight with Carter. And even though it is brief, it is really cool to see the two Hawkmen work together to get the next part of the mystery, and the direction the trail is leading makes me very excited for this book’s next arc. The issue also works great as a break from previous issues, jumping from the world of ancient Egypt and Dinosaur Island to the futurist alien world of Thanagar, an approach which gives artist Bryan Hitch a chance to give this arc’s finale a refreshing change of scenery.

Speaking of Hitch, I’ll do what I always do. I’ll praise both Bryan Hitch and colourist Jeremiah Skipper for their good work this issue. Hitch especially shines with his excellent fight choreography between Carter and Katar as they spend the first half of this issue dogfighting. However, I feel like Skipper is about to get a lot more praise from me as the final few pages of this issue show off what he can really do when given a certain scale (pardon the pun for those who have read the issue) to show off his skills.

I’ll say what I’ve been saying since I started reviewing this series. If you’re a fan of Hawkman then it’s amazing to see him soar once again, especially in a book written by someone who both cares and respects his mythos. I hope this book goes beyond this plot with the Deathbringers because this series is a truly good read and for any fans of the character in any of his forms. This is a delight to read, especially with this book’s future promising some classic Silver Age action.

Rating: 4/5


The writer of this piece was: Jonathan Mullen
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