Hawkman #45


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Hawkman #45


  • Words: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
  • Art: Joe Bennett and Ruy Jose
  • Inks: Jack Jadson
  • Colors: Sno Cone
  • Story Title: My Enemy Revealed, Part 2
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $2.50
  • Release Date: Oct 12, 2005

For the past year an unknown enemy has tortured Hawkman and now the winged hero faces his nemesis. At the end of this battle, no one is unchanged.

At the end of the last issue, Charley Parker, A.K.A. Golden Eagle was revealed to be the one behind the attacks on Hawkman. With Carter believed dead, Charley moved to take over the mantle of Hawkman himself. To both Charley and Kendra’s surprise, however, Carter appears alive and very angry. As a battle for name and role of Hawkman begins, Carter takes Charley to Fadeaway Man’s hideout. The question that emerges during the fight between the two men is one of what it means to be Hawkman. With all that has happened in the past year, this is a question Carter is ready to answer, but not the way some may expect.

One of the most interesting things to come out of Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti’s first arc is the new layers and depths added to Kendra Saunders as Hawkgirl. This issue may have been about Hawkman, but Hawkgirl gets the last word. There is a new maturity from Kendra here. In the past she has often been flippant or a little unsure but now she displays a singularity of mind. She knows what she wants, she knows who she wants to be, and she is not afraid to take Carter to task for his treatment of her. By that same token, Hawkman is changed as well. We see that the recent events have forced Carter to take a look at who he is both in and out of the Hawkman costume. How this will play out in the future is the hook to lure readers into the next story.

The biggest accomplishment of this issue, however, may be the writers’ most controversial. They have taken the somewhat second-string former Teen Titans character of Golden Eagle and turned him into an interesting and memorable villain. In the course of this they have done a certain amount of retconning to both Teen Titans and Hawkman continuity; something that is certain to bother a number of fans. Unfortunately, this is also the story’s biggest weakness. Golden Eagle’s motivations are steeped in comic book history and continuity and some new readers may be confused if they are not well versed in Hawkman history or do not happen to have a handy copy of the DC Encyclopedia.

Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray have finally finished this massive story arc and they have done it with energy and intensity. The duo has worked hard, building the story slowly but readers were rewarded with an emotional and action-packed tale right up to the end. Moreover, it has kept fans speculating on the mysteries and really talking about Hawkman for the first time in years.

The amazing work of Joe Bennett and Ruy Jose has been a perfect compliment to the scripts throughout. On this issue the two have pulled out all the stops and the result is truly amazing. Figures and faces are graceful and expressive whether fighting for their lives or sitting at dinner. The art also does not shy away from showing the physical costs of the battle between Carter and Charley. It is a tribute to the talents of Bennett and Jose that it is difficult, if not impossible, to tell where one picks up and the other leaves off in this issue. There is no mistaking Bennett’s work on the Hawks’ costumes though– the man draws armor like nobody’s business.

While the ending may be a little confusing for newer Hawkman fans, the overall tale has been breathtaking in its scope of action and drama. Palmiotti and Gray even take the time to add a satisfying flourish at the end. Hawkman fans new and old have something to rejoice about with this story and its talented team. If nothing else, this arc should go down as one of the best in the character’s recent history. If you’ve missed this story arc, it’s not too late to go back and pick up the back issues. You’ll be glad you did.

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