Monday, December 30, 2013

"The End" Week: Hawkman #17!

I don't know how many times Hawkman's been cancelled, but here's one: from 1987, Hawkman #17, "Day of Wrath" Written by Dan Mishkin, pencils by Ed Hannigan, inks by Don Heck.

Believing Hawkwoman to be dead--she's not, she was just sucked into a mystic realm with the Gentleman Ghost and the spirit of their murdered friend Lorraine--Hawkman is beyond enraged, and fights a hurricane with the berserker rage seen more often in later versions of the character. Hawkman saves a number of people, in a really angry manner; and takes a moment to rant at a priest, since as an alien, he doesn't believe in our god. Taking a moment to reclaim his headgear--a symbol of Thanagarian honor, even if he knows his homeworld is full of totalitarian thugs--Hawkman nearly kills himself fighting a burning, and already evacuated, building.

Finally calm for a moment, he realizes his wife has been trying to contact him somehow, and uses a piece of alien equipment to reconstitute Shayera, and the Gentleman Ghost and Lorraine. The latter two have to go back to the Land of the Dead, but the Hawks are reunited in the end. The letters page points out they would be seen next in Justice League International, but they weren't a great fit there. Well, Carter wasn't, anyway...

1 comment:

SallyP said...

Yeah, Carter wasn't a great fit with the Bwhahaha League. Spent all his time whining about how much better everything was with Superman.