Comic Book Review: Hawkman: Found (2017-) #1

TitleHawkman: Found (2017-) #1
Publisher: DC
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Bryan Hitch
Inks: Kevin Nowlan
Colors: Alex Sinclair & Jeremiah Skipper
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Publication Date: December 27, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “One of DC’S greatest heroes is missing! No one has seen or heard from Carter Hall—a.k.a. Hawkman—in years. Reincarnated repeatedly since the dawn of humanity, Hawkman has spent his many lives uncovering history’s most fantastic mysteries, and now he has become one himself! Take a journey into the one of the darkest corners of the DC Universe as a mysterious man tries to piece together what happened to Hawkman, and how it all connects to the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL!”

In Dark Nights: Metal #4, it was discovered that Hawkman, Carter Hall, had, at some point, become the Dragon of Barbatos, the Keeper of the Dark Forge. What does that mean, exactly? All of the details aren’t clear, but apparently Carter Hall, as the dragon, should have been responsible for eating the bastard worlds that the forge spit out, but clearly, that hasn’t been happening. Regardless, Batman and Superman are going to have to get creative should they need to take out the monstrous forge-keeping hawk-dragon in Dark Nights: Metal #5.

Hawkman: Found (2017-) #1 opens with a powerful dream sequence that sets the stage for what’s to come in the book, while also foreshadowing said events. As much as I would like to say that what happens in this issue is predictable, I cannot. The framework certainly is, but the specifics are anything but predictable. By the end of the book, readers won’t know too much more than what they did going into their reading. I was hoping for some added insight into Hall’s current predicament, and while Lemire did add some, there wasn’t enough to leave me feeling as though I learned much of anything.
With that said, it feels as though Hawkman: Found (2017-) #1 was written for effect; it was intended to entertain more so than educate and shed light into one of the many dark corners of the Dark Nights: Metal story.
Aside from how Hawkman: Found (2017-) #1 works in the overall story, it is a damn good comic book. Lemire’s writing, as always, is top-notch, and Bryan Hitch’s illustrations are highly detailed and effective.
The Bottom Line:
Jeff Lemire and Bryan Hitch’s Hawkman: Found (2017-) #1 is a riveting work that successfully progresses the Dark Nights: Metal story forward. Since the beginning of this story, fans have been asking about Hawkman and his whereabouts, and now, finally, Lemire reveals some added details after it was found in Dark Nights: Metal #4 that Carter Hall had become the Dragon of Barbatos, the Keeper of the Dark Forge. It should come as no surprise that, after reading this book, there are still a good deal of unanswered questions that surround Carter Hall. Overall, Hawkman: Found (2017-) #1 is an impressive work.