First allow me to preface this entry with my personal opinion that I am not a great reviewer. This comic has inspired me enough to feel the need to express how impressed I was with the concept, the writing and the artwork. I will say that Carter’s helmet design… not a huge fan. It reminds me of “Golden Eagle” from the 70’s and I didn’t like it then either.
Hawkman has always been a favorite character of mine for decades. Having said that, I can’t point to a singular story that I can say was my favorite. I adore the concept of the character but many times the execution of him is just “meh” to me. The series from the early two thousands was close to being a good one. I tend to like the character more when he is paired with the JSA. That is just what issue twenty seven has done. The cover is what caught my eye, and the story just sucked me right in. I immediately surfed to Comixology and purchased the issue. You can get a copy from Amazon here: Hawkman (2018-) #27 Kindle & comiXology (every purchase helps us out a little, thanks).
I haven’t purchased a current comic from the mainstream big two for quite a while now, until I read a quack synopsys for this issue this morning. Having no clue what has come before this story really didn’t affect my enjoyment of the issue at all. Carter and Shayera died, I guess, in the last issue and this time were given a choice as to WHEN they could be reincarnated. They chose the 1940’s, and I must say… as a fan of the All-Star Squadron / Justice Society of America I was DELIGHTED.
There is one catch though… this is Carter’s LAST LIFE! There is a joy in the character’s actions but a bit of uncharacteristic hesitance as well. Shayera seems to be unphased by the fact that this is her last time around, but she is just enjoying the ride so far. Pick this issue up if you are an old-school fan of the JSA, older Hawkman tales, or just good stories.
I’ll be keeping up with this title until they choose to remove them from this timeline. Wow, I sound like one of those Comics Gate dicks who despise progress, and comics reflecting the times they are in appealing to more than just their little worlds. I am not. I just dig old comics. There are some new concepts that I really dig but can’t afford to get into.