Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Rags Morales(p), Michael Bair(i), John Kalisz(c)
Apart from Rags Morales stunning artwork filled with precise lines and traditional methods of creating depth and definition, the best thing about this issue of Hawkman is the surprise guest-star who behaves smartly and humorously. Although his commentary in one scene almost made me choke:
"Batman's right. You're much smarter than Hawkman."
The comment is directed toward Hawkgirl, and the new Hawkgirl--Kendra--has thus far been portrayed with the acumen of a turnip. This issue of the series while not reinforcing her dubious past brain drains still does not give her a chance to be intelligent. However, now that Goyer and Robinson have left the igloo, the reader can feel an immediate difference in the writing. Mr. Johns portrays Kendra as very gutsy, tough and at least strategically deft. This difference vanishes when his writing partners muck up the characterization. The reader can enjoy--and I was having doubts that I'd ever again use the word enjoy in conjunction with Hawkman--Kendra ordering the civilians out of danger. The reader can enjoy examples of Kendra's determination and her will to survive. Kendra even speaks like an adult and as a person. She is her own character in this issue rather than a role meant to ask stupid questions.
Hawkgirl's potency takes nothing away from Hawkman's resonance. The characterization Mr. Johns enticed with the premiere issue finds a way here. He's savage, but not a savage as the flunky of the story believes. His little surprise for his captors shows the man's ability and experience. Johns also gives him more dimension through less celebrated respects. His fear we know is well founded, but there's a good subtle argument laced through the story that suggests Hawkman is too apt to accept destiny.
Unfortunately Hawkman, Hawkgirl and the surprise guest-star are still stuck in this stupid, stupid plot involving the reincarnation of Hath-Set controlling the Yeti. Credit must be given to Mr. Johns for seriously limiting the Yeti action, but Hath-Set and her flunky come off as rather sleazy versions of Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. The reader will not believe for one second the Hawks were in any danger from this screwloose duet, and when the reader happens upon the climactic plot twist, no force on earth will be able to stop her from breaking into a fit of giggles.
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