Friday, September 13, 2013
The book is written by Tom DeFalco (which makes sense, as he created this new Shadow Thief), with art by Chad Hardin. Should be interesting to see how much (or how little) DeFalco ties the Thief to the Forever Evil event, as she has not been seen with the Secret Society in any capacity at this point.
I have gotten my first batch of Villains Month comics freom DCBS (namely, Two-Face, The Creeper, and Grodd), and for those curious I did manage to get the 3D covers for all three. They are rather striking in person, and the 3D separation looks really dramatic. That having been said, I am not married to them, so if anyone wants to swap them for a 2D cover I'm game. (Aside, DCBS contacted their customers asking for volunteers to swap out a 3D cover for a 2D cover on several upcoming VM issues; I gladly took them up on the offer, figuring its better to spread the wealth around.)
So, who's picking this issue up?
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
There's a trio of Hawkman baddies in this issue. In the image above, we can see the New 52 version of the Gentleman Ghost, sporting his Philip Tan redesign as seen in the pages of The Savage Hawkman. Of course, as the only person who liked that book, I have to wonder how Craddock made it back into this plane of existence after he was banished. Pretty sure that is not going to be addressed.
In front of him, the furry guy has been identified as Lion-Mane, which would make sense given his proximity to the Ghost. Oddly, Lion-Mane did not appear in Savage Hawkman , but according to Wikipedia, the New 52 version popped up in a couple of issues of Batwing, which I may have to pick up.
The third Hawkfoe is The Monocle, who has a... spotlight scene, let's say. If you picked up the issue, you know what I mean.
Personally, I dug the heck out of Forever Evil #1, and can't wait for the next issue. Hopefully we'll get more Hawkman enemies as well!
Image: Detail from Forever Evil #1, 2013, David Finch.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Featuring 6 issues of The Brave And The Bold, this volume collects Joe Kubert's work on Hawkman in the Silver Age, all of which are written by Gardner Fox. Of course, I have all of these issues in collected form already (in the, ahem, essential Showcase Presents: Hawkman v.1), but for a measly $10, getting these stories in color was a must-buy for me. These early tales, besides being downright gorgeous of course, set the stage for the Silver Age Hawkman. We also get the debut of the Shadow-Thief and Matter Master, plus classics like "Earth's Impossible Day" and "The Creature of 1000 Shapes!" No way to pass this one up.
Image: Hawkman trade paperback, 1989, Joe Kubert.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Interestingly, looks like Shadow Thief is going to be tangling with a Thanagarian Wingman or Warrior... her origins were terrestrial in the pages of Savage Hawkman, so I am curious as to how she is connected to them. She is trying to root out aliens on Earth after all...
So what do you think about this upcoming spotlight on Shadow Thief, or on Villains Month in general?
Images: Justice League of America #7.3: Shadow Thief preview pages, 2013, Chad Hardin.
Uh... huh. It's right here on Newsarama.
No word on what will be happening with the existing cast, so I don't know if Hawkman will be sticking around north of the border or not. I can say that without a shirt on, he might get a little cold, since it is unclear if the Nth Metal would still keep him warm like it did pre-New 52.
More intriguing is the announcement of the return of one of Hawkman's traditional allies, making his debut in the New 52...
Granted, they are creating at least one brand new Canadian hero for the series, as well as bringing one lost hero into the New 52 for the first time - now as a Canadian - Adam Strange.
Adam Strange! Now that I can get behind! Making him Canadian is no big deal in my book -- we all know that Adam's "real" home is Rann, so swapping his nationality is not a big deal to me. I am just happy to see him make a come back. Under Lemire, I imagine that the space hero will get a chance to shine, as he seems to have a knack for tertiary characters as we have seen in Justice League Dark.
So what do you think of this news? Intrigued, baffled, or maybe a little of both?
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
In my lame defense, there has not been much to be excited for in regards to Hawkman lately. Yes, the Winged Wonder has been a part of the Justice League of America title, but unfortunately his "part" has been quite small. Johns has chosen to focus on other characters -- including Catwoman, Martian Manhunter, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, Stargirl, and Vibe -- over Hawkman, meaning that his position in the title is mostly relegated to backgrounds, fight scenes, and the occasional macho one-liner. (Strangely enough this also applies to Katana.) So while I am enjoying the book -- and the Trinity War story -- there has not been a whole lot to really blog about.
The November DC Solicits did provide us with this listing, however:
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN VOL. 2: WANTED TP
Written by TOM DeFALCO and ROB LIEFELD
Art by JOE BENNETT and ART THIBERT
Cover by JOE BENNETT
On sale DECEMBER 4 • 288 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Hawkman is closer to discovering who he really is and why he is being hunted, but with deadly assassins at his throat, he may never learn the entire truth! Collecting THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #0 and 9-20!
This provides me with both positive feelings and negative feelings.
The positive is that all of Savage Hawkman is going to be collected. I liked this run of the title, personally, so I am happy to see DC put it all together. Maybe these stories will find more of an audience in a collected format than they did as single issues. Joe Bennett still remains one of my favorite Hawk artists ever, and his entire run in one volume will be very pretty. And with her spotlight issue coming out next month, it is nice to see the new Shadow-Thief's debut reprinted in the collection. And that's a good page count for the price, a full 13 issues for $20 (before discount).
But the negative flows right from that price point as well. It's pretty plain to me that DC is dumping this out with a low price point just to get the material collected and try to squeeze something out of it. Price this at $25 and it's an automatic pass for most readers; putting it at the $20 price point and maybe you'll get a few impulse purchases and get some sort of profit off of this material. Material which I devoured eagerly when it was published and hyped and boosted as best I could.
That's a depressing thought. But it's the reality of Hawkman as a solo star right now.
So, instead of being brought down by that, I continue apace, ready to crack more Golden and Silver Age Hawkman comics for my reading and (hopefully) blogging pleasure. And hopefully someone out there who is curious about the Pinioned Powerhouse will pick this volume up and decide, hey, there's something to this Hawkman guy after all.
(Aside: Really, DC? The Flash is a Zero Year tie-in? Really? Just go ahead and change your name to "Batman Comics" and be done with it already...)
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I'm not much of a chess player. I learned the game by playing Chessmaster on my Game Gear back in the day (true story), and I was a member of the loosely knit Chess Club in high school, but I'm not exactly what you would call "good" at the game. (Backgammon is more my style.) But that doesn't mean I can't appreciate a nice chess set, like the DC Comics Justice League one which is going to be released by Eaglemoss.
The crew at Eaglemoss have just finished a Batman themed chess set, so this one seems like a logical next step. The Heroes side is well stocked with heavy hitters, and who rates one of the 16 spots but the Winged Wonder himself, Hawkman!
Now, admittedly, he is a pawn (Queen's Pawn to be specific). But actually, that fits. If you take a look at the image above, who makes up the back row? The Founders of the Jusice League! It blends the "Big 7" of the old continuity with the "Big 7" of the new continuity, so Martian Manhunter and Cyborg both make the cut to give us our 8. Now matter how you slice it, no "Hawkman" was ever a JLA Founder, so I'm alright with him being a pawn.
Besides, he's in good company up there, with long time frenemy Green Arrow, Silver & Bronze Age teammates Zatanna and Firestorm, Modern Age teammate Power Girl, plus Supergirl, Shazam (is he called Shazam now? Or Captain Marvel? Ugh.) and everybody's favorite Booster Gold. Some "heavy hitters" up front!
As an aside, I just love the fact that the Martian Manhunter is a Knight. I can't explain that, I just do.
These Eaglemoss sets come out one piece at a time, like a subscription service. I doubt I will pick up the whole thing, since I already have a perfectly nice chess set for my wife to beat me on, but a Hawkman chess piece would look very nice on my Hawk shelf!
(h/t to Shag from Firestorm Fan for making me aware of this!)
Image: Eaglemoss Justice League Chess Set preview, 2013, image obtained from Firestorm Fan.