Title: Hawkman (2018-) #1
Words: Robert Venditti
Pencils: Bryan Hitch
Ink: Bryan Hitch & Andrew Currie
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Starkings & Comicraft
PublicationDate: June 16, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Spinning out of the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Carter Hall returns to the DC Universe! An explorer of the ancient and unknown, Hawkman finds himself embroiled in a long-standing mission to discover the true purpose of his many reincarnations. Carter races around the globe trying to piece together an ancient prophecy, but will he be able to face down his past lives lurking around every corner?
“I’ve begun an adventure of outward exploration that I hope leads to discovery within.”
Carter Hall has lived countless lives and now he seeks to discover his true purpose. As one could have guessed, the path toward enlightenment will be one riddled with danger and mystery and excitement. Here, in Hawkman (2018-) #1, Carter Hall’s journey begins.
Writer Robert Venditti makes great use of his protagonist’s intelligence and eloquence and allows for Carter Hall to narrate his own tale; doing this provides readers with a deeper understanding of the events at hand and makes for a reading experience that is more intimate, and ultimately, more immersive. While reading through this issue, there was no doubt in my mind that this tale was Hall’s and that it was being told in a way in which only he could tell it; Venditti achieved transparency in that he wasn’t influencing this story, and instead, was simply recording it in a non-destructive way. This is no easy task, but as long as Venditti remains as the observer and allows for Carter Hall to tell this story, Hawkman, the series and the character, will thrive.
There is a sightly scene in this issue where Hawkman finds himself swimming amongst submerged ruins; here, the combined efforts of illustrator Bryan Hitch, inker Andrew Currie, and colorist Alex Sinclair result in a visually captivating experience. This scene, combined with the rest of this issue’s detailed-illustrations and dynamic panel and page layouts make it easy to deem this book an artistic success.
The Bottom Line:
Hawkman (2018-) #1 breathes new life into a timeless character in a way that impels interest and generates excitement. An epic odyssey, that peers into the past while simultaneously looking to the future, has begun.