Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artwork: Bryan Hitch
Colours: Jeremiah Skipper
Lettering: Starkings & Comicraft
Release Date: 10th October 2018
Hawkman and The Atom, back together again! Carter Hall is searching for answers to a mystery that lies in his past lives. Only he can stop The Deathbringers and now his journey has taken him to the Microverse and into the hands of his best friend Ray Palmer, aka The Atom. But why has Carter been taken here? And does the smallest of worlds hide the biggest threats?
Since as long as I can remember Hawkman and the Atom has been a strong team. With a history as old as the characters themselves, they’ve been together on many adventures. This is why I’ve been so excited for this issue since the release of the last because it promised large action on the smallest scale.
I’m glad to report that this issue does what this series does best. Namely mix great characters with really fun visuals. The friendship between Carter and Palmer is on full display here, and you get the feeling that they guys have known each other for years. This chemistry really helps this issue as it means we can have masses of exposition while still keeping an immersive story.
However, as much as this issue serves as a really good two-man show, the best thing about the Microverse is that you can show some really strange and cool threats to our heroes. And this issue proudly continues that tradition as our classic heroes find themselves up against some vintage 1960s bad guys (killer trees and living planets included). It also means that dynamic fight scenes are all but guaranteed here.
Speaking of fight scenes, this gives me a chance to talk about Bryan Hitch and Jeremiah Skipper’s excellent work. Hitch has provided a truly unique setting for this arc, managing to feel alien and strange but somehow still organic and alive. As strong as Hitch’s work undoubtedly is though, this world gets significantly improved by Skipper’s brilliant colours. The bright yellow magmas mix with pink and blue skies to give this version of the Microverse its own unique look and making every page a feast for the eyes as the colours just pop off the page.
As I’ve been saying since I started reviewing this book, you really need to pick this one up. But you especially need to pick up this latest issue. It’s a glorious slice of Silver Age goodness, and with two classic heroes on board this arc looks set to tell a memorable tale for both heroes – regardless of what size they are.
The writer of this piece was: Jonathan Mullen
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