Guest post by: Matt Strick
The Savage Hawkman is exactly what I hoped to get from DC’s New 52 titles. I don’t know squat about Hawkman. I know that I’ve seen him somewhere, and I think there might be a race of Hawkpeople that keep getting reincarnated, but I couldn’t have told you that without being shown a picture. If you had asked me who he was on a game show I would have said he is the title character from Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law. But that’s ok, right? Because the New 52 is all about giving readers an easy in to all the characters that have been around forever. And I think Tony Daniel and Philip Tan do a great job of hosting new readers.
Not knowing anything about Hawkman, I can say I find the artwork really compelling. On the first page I’m drawn to Carter Hall’s eyes. It’s the first thing I see, and it’s great. They’re so intense and determined. And though his background characters all sort of blend together towards the middle of this issue, on this first page I’m completely on board.
Tony’s story really shines. It kept me hooked all the way through the issue, and my immediate thought upon finishing was, “I can’t wait for the next issue.” He introduces Carter Hall as a man struggling with the burden of being a super hero. We find out that his boss collects extraterrestrial artifacts, his most recent of which contains a real alien! There’s even time for a little fight sequence, though I felt like it ended too quickly. In general, I felt like this was a great introduction to the title, and I am looking forward to seeing how this world will expand in future issues.
Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it. If the rest of this story is as good as the first issue, it’s going to be a lot of fun to read.
Pull list verdict: KEEP IT
My Best of 2012 Playlist by Eric Garneau
After being inspired by some friends, for the past few years I’ve been really into documenting my musical exploration with year-end mixes. I realize this is not a particularly novel thing to do, but hey, who has original ideas any more? Anyway, this has gotten even easier to do thanks to new technology like Spotify. read more