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Hawkman #10

Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2002
By: Ray Tate



"Snowblind"

Writers: Geoff Johns and James Robinson
Artists: Rags Morales(p), Micael Bair(i), John Kalisz
Publisher: DC

Hawkman asks the question: can a tragic love story unfold amid an attack of yeti? Since I can barely keep a straight face while typing these words, the answer becomes obvious. No.

The yeti is a well known legend that was also introduced in the DC multiverse in Batman. There the kind-hearted creature saved the life of a human woman and with her fathered a half-human son who became a monster through his actions not his genes. The story inventively used the legend, drew Batman into an eerie detective story and allowed Jose Garcia Lopez to stretch his fingers, which is always a good thing.

Geoff Johns' and James Robinson's story annihilates the tale from Batman's ever deteriorating history by first multiplying the yeti, second turning them into raging yeti and third by giving them a human queen. I laughed all through this alleged drama, and a dam of giggles burst when I hit pages ten and eleven where to my utter delight I found a city flanked by giant statues of yeti. It's simply too much. When the yeti attacked I was in tears. This is so-so-so bad.

As the story continues the yeti just grow sillier. They become organized, howling yeti as well as it is implied blood drinking yeti. My sides hurt so much while reading this story. It cannot once be taken seriously.

Rags Morales emphasizes the comedy by not accenting any humorous elements. He plays it straight as if this wasn't the comic book equivalent of When Monkeys Attack! When the characters stop during the hunt to explore their feelings, Mr. Morales uncannily expresses their emotions with undeniable subtle flair. The problem is that these soliloquies take place in an unsubtle story about yeti. I just can't get over this issue. How could anybody with half a brain green light this story?



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