Review: Savage Hawkman #1

Written by Tony S. Daniel, Art & Cover by Philip Tan

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Carter Hall’s skill at deciphering lost languages has led him to a job with an archaeologist who specializes in alien ruins – but will the doctor’s latest discovery spread an alien plague through New York City? No matter the personal cost, Carter Hall must don his wings and become the new, savage Hawkman to survive! Witness the start of a new action series from writer Tony S. Daniel and artist Philip Tan that will take Hawkman where no hero has flown before!

Bias: In years past, my favorite aspect of the character’s history was the reincarnation bit. Removing that had me all but decided that I wasn’t interested in this title at all. And written by an artist? Yeah, that sealed the deal. Except…the artist in question wrote one of my favorite DCnU books so far: Detective Comics. Hmm…

What I liked: A fast-paced, action driven story that left us with a lot of questions and hardly any answers. Hawkman was thrown from one situation to the next without a chance to catch his breath, which didn’t allow us to do so either. Oh, and the art was fantastic.

What I disliked: As I said, this title left more questions than answers. For the most part, this was a good thing – it piqued my interest. But I really would’ve liked some answers… Some idea of what’s going on.

Verdict: I’ll pick up another issue to see whether we get any answers by then.

As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.

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  1. This book could prove to be an interesting look at the history of the DCnU from an archaeological viewpoint. Although the creative team hasn’t said anything to the effect, I would love to see an archaeological dig around the events of the Demon Knights comic (perhaps the ruins of Camelot?)

    As for the questions:
    1) On the first page, Carter says “I never asked for it. I never asked for any of it.” If he never asked for it, why was he Hawkman? Kind of an odd thing to say for someone who put on a costume that allowed him to fly and fought crime… For that matter, why was Carter trying to destroy the Hawkman gear (including the Nth Metal)? We never see any indication of Shiera – maybe something happened to Hawkgirl, causing him to want to give up being Hawkman?
    2) We can see later how the Nth Metal infused into him somehow, but it still seems like a stretch to say that he flew back home without any memory of having done so (especially since he wakes up a week or so later, without the ability to even move his fingers and toes, though he regains his motor control pretty quickly). Did something take control of him? If so, one can only assume that it’ll happen again at some point…
    3) Where is he living? It looks like a warehouse, but his buddy Terrance doesn’t seem surprised about it – only by the broken window. And if he’s living in such a crappy place, why is he having difficulty affording the place? (as shown by the eviction notice.)
    4) Morphicius comments that “You are not from this world.” Was he referring to the Nth Metal? Or to Carter himself? Is this Katar Hol, but he just doesn’t remember? Also, for a thing that’s been in a hibernation pod for 300 years or longer, he picked up on both Hawkman’s heroic identity as well as what the Nth Metal is called pretty quick (especially since it wasn’t said aloud in his presence). Was he absorbing Hawkman’s memories along with his life force? Or does he somehow know about the Nth Metal from another source and just called Hawkman that because of how he looks? (The first seems a heck of a lot more likely.)
    5) The caption for next issue is “Next: Hawkman succumbs to Morphicius?!” That hardly seems likely, given that this is Hawkman’s book, but he certainly looks all used up on the last page. Still, the Nth Metal apparently healed him of massive burns earlier in the issue. My guess is that the writer wants this to be a reoccurring villain, and so it’ll get away while the Nth Metal heals Hawkman.

    This title spent the issue barreling past every chance to give those answers, giving us only glimpses of what’s going on in favor of lots of action. That’s both good and bad. Lots of action, with several mysteries set up to intrigue the reader is good, but I certainly hope we get some answers, and soon…

    As for the mysterious, hooded woman from Flashpoint #5, she appears behind Hawkman on page 24 (there’s only one panel).

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