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Hawkman #9

Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2002
By: Ray Tate



"In the Hands of Fate"

Writers: Geoff Johns & James Robinson
Artist: Rags Morales(p), Michael Bair(i), John Kalisz(c)
Publisher: DC

Why did it take twenty-two pages to tell a story that could have been summarized in one snatch of dialogue? Why does Dr. Fate take Carter for a walk on air while belaboring his point in flashbacks? Why doesn't he set up a cafe date with his father--the new Dr. Fate is Hector Hall, Hawkman's son--and discuss these matters over tea and a cinnamon roll?

Why is the undying love of the Hawks considered a curse? Who put the curse on the Hawks in the first place? Is the message here that love can only lead to pain, suffering and death? Aren't comic books dark enough without this angst-ridden tripe? I don't accept the message.

Since Hath-Set is killing the Hawks over and over again when the two become close, why the hell should I continue to read this book since the writers have now just laid out the formula? The Hawks will become close, then Carter will push Kendra away to prevent Hath-Set from killing them again. Some walk by night, some live by day....

Has neither Geoff Johns nor James Robinson read Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams? Clearly they haven't, or they would realize how ridiculous an everlasting personal murderer is; the concept's royal send up exposes the inherent comedy in a scene where Arthur Dent learns that he has sometimes advertently and sometimes inadvertently been killing the same entity in different incarnations over and over again: "God damn you, Arthur Dent, you--you multiple-me murderer! You killed me again!"

If Hath-Set is destined to kill the Hawks, why not have Carter, Kendra or both find out in which incarnation he exists and then kill him before he kills them? Certainly, the nutbar would be reincarnated again, but this would give them breathing space until that little baby finds out where they live. This plan would also allow Carter to have his cake and eat it too, assuming he eats cake. Kendra will be very unhappy if he doesn't eat cake.

Why is it that women are raped and tortured in the DC universe but not men? Has nobody seen Deliverance? Why did Johns and Robinson create a female character just so the threat of rape can occur? Why is this scene even here since the book is taken from Hawkman's point of view? Incidentally, where are the heroes when you need them? At this time, Will Payton, the former Starman, should have been patrolling the desert. Funny that the former Starman scribe didn't consider that.

Why does Carter wear boxers while Kendra wears thong panties? Even if she wears thong-panties, would she wear thong-panties with little cartoon flowers on them? I don't think so. The cartoon flowers undermine the drama of her writhing half-naked as she remembers the trauma. The shot of her rear end even if dramatically shadowed really displays the wrong atmosphere. Unless of course when she picks up Carter's number, she intends on making a booty call. Then it's foreshadowing. Perhaps, Carter will be reincarnated into Luke Cage after Hath-Set kills him again.

Who throws a dead yeti as a message through one's roof? This cliffhanger scene is preposterous.

"Ah, a dead yeti, Watson. He must be in the Himalayas!"
" Good show, Holmes!"

Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.



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