Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hawkgirl Cosplayer @ SDCC 2010

Got this image of a Hawkgirl cosplayer at SDCC from Derf's Domain, run by DERF, which is where you need to go to see cosplaying babes.  For serious, this site is dangerous!

Pretty sweet costume, and of course I dig the spear... and the camera and swag bag as well!

Image: Hawkgirl cosplayer @ SDCC 2010, 2010, image obtained from Derf's Domain.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Update: Hawks in Young Justice

Update to previous post:

Looks like Hawkman will be on Young Justice in some capacity as well.  Still figure on the Hawks being background characters, but at least they're in there.

Some pretty nice looking models there.  I like Captain Marvel, and Green Arrow's Longbow Hunters hood.  Check out Hawkgirl's biker shorts!

Image: Justice League character designs from Young Justice, 2010, image obtained from Titans Tower.

Hawkgirl in Young Justice

In a blink-and-you'll-miss-her moment, a glimpse of Hawkgirl can be seen in the preview of the upcoming Young Justice cartoon series.

The series stars several Teen Titans-ish characters, such as Superboy, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, and so forth, but also features the Justice League.  In this preview, we see some character designs for the Leaguers, including, in very quick pan, Hawkgirl.  Looks like they used the models from Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.  

Since she doesn't have a young counterpart, I imagine Hawkgirl will be a background character.  No sign of Hawkman yet.

Young Justice is set to debut sometime in the Fall.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Shadow War Of Hawkman Ad

Our post today comes courtesy of Shag, he of the Firestorm Fan blog and the superlative Once Upon a Geek!

Take it away, Shag:

Luke - Hope you are doing well.  I was scanning some old comic ads and came across this one for the Shadow War of Hawkman.  Not sure if you could use it for your blog, but I thought I would share...

The ad came from New Teen Titans #8 (May 1985).

I have seen this ad in several different comics (including, I think, an issue of Shadow War, if you can believe that!), but Shag's scan looks great!

Props to Shag for earning his Honor Wings!  Do you have something Hawk-related you would like to share?  Send me an email and you too can earn your Wings!

Image: Shadow War of Hawkman house ad, 1985, Richard Howell.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Waiting In The Wings - 07/21/2010

Will there be any new Hawk-related items at your comic shop this week?  Let's take a look.

Blackest Night: Rise Of The Black Lanterns -- Collecting the "resurrected" one-shots, this volume includes The Atom & Hawkman #46, which features the Mighty Mite and his undead pals Hawkman and Hawkgirl.  

Brightest Day #6 -- The Hawks are in a bad situation on Hawkworld, but even if they escape, will it matter?  Or will the growing blackness inside of them doom them anyway?  It's mysteries on top of mysteries here, and while I am eager to learn more about Hawkworld, all of the stories herein intrigue me.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sometimes The Light Reveals The Darkest Secrets

DC has released this teaser for Brightest Day on their Source blog.  Let the speculation begin!

Read: Hawkmanv.1:no.1.1

Issue: Hawkman v.1:no.1
Title: "The Rivalry Of The Winged Wonders"
Published Date: Apr/May 1964
Generation: Silver Age Katar & Shayera
Retcon Status: Changed Generations

Summary:  On Thanagar, Hawkman and Hawkgirl have prepared a report to their commander, Andar Pul, with their conclusions of their study of Earth police methods.  They report about a case which they had recently concluded involving a black pearl necklace which had been stolen from the Midway City Museum.  For the case, they decided that Hawkman would use Terran methods, and Hawkgirl would use Thanagarian methods, and they would compete to see who solved the case faster.  Hawkman began by dusting for prints and feeding that information into the Midway City crime computer, while Hawkgirl trailed the thief's footprints (and later, tire tracks) with a thermal scanner.  Both methods were successful in tracking the thief to a wooded area north of the city, but the cold weather rendered Hawkgirl's scanner inoperative.  

Hawkman used his *wheet wheet* powers to track the hunters in the area, finding the thief, his accomplice, and his fence.  After dodging their fire, Hawkman knocked out the crooks and deduced the location of the necklace -- hidden in one barrel of the thief's shotgun.  After dropping off the crooks with the local police, Hawkman winged back to the museum, where Hawkgirl lamented that she was on the trail of the pearls using a Lustrometer (a device which would detect the luster of the pearls), but a peculiar starlight phenomenon drove the machine batty.  

Andar Pul liked what he heard, and decided to have a crime computer built for Thanagar like the ones used on Earth.  He then granted Hawkman and Hawkgirl's request to return to Earth and continue to their work.

Review: The first story in Hawkman's first solo series serves as part reader recap and part adventure story, and does both pretty well.  Murphy Anderson does a good job of showing the Hawks history through clever use of reproduced covers (The Brave And The Bold #'s 34 and 36, plus Mystery In Space #89), and his very clean work carries on from for the feature.  Gardner Fox brings us up to speed quickly enough and then moves on.  I guess its a function of the fact that it has to contain the recap, but this is definitely the "B" story of this issue.  Nice to see Hawkman do some actual detective work instead of just hitting, as that aspect of his police work is often forgotten.  I also really liked them reporting to Andar Pul about their findings -- not only a nice nod to their entire story setup, but a very good tool to facilitate the exposition.  Not a bad way to start the series all told.

Image: Hawkman v.1:no.1, 1964, Murphy Anderson.  

Monday, July 19, 2010

New Poll At Being Carter Hall

We have our second poll here at Being Carter Hall: If You Could Have Just One Version Of Hawkman, Who Would It Be?

The poll is open until August the 2nd, so you have two weeks to click over there on the right and vote. Let's see which Winged Wonder shall reign supreme over all the rest!

Batman: TB&TB Comic Strip... Featuring Hawkman

Big thanks to Bearer Of The Honor Wings rob! (aka Rob Kelly of The Aquaman Shrine fame) for sending me this very nifty scan of Hawkman teaming up with Batman.  I'll let rob! take it away:

A friend of mine got me the fourth issue of the UK-only Brave and the Bold magazine, and one of the regular features is an all-new BB comic segment, done for the UK mag only.

This issue's story features Batman teaming up with a bunch of heroes, including Hawkman!

How cool is that?  I haven't seen Hawkman pop up yet in the American B:TB&TB comic which DC publishes, but man the Winged Wonder sure looks nice, doesn't he?

Thanks again, rob!

Image: Page from Batman: The Brave And The Bold Magazine #4, 2010, image obtained from Rob Kelly.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Waiting In The Wings -- 07/14/2010

It's Wednesday, which means its time to see what kind of Hawkstuff we can find at the local comic shops!

Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps HC v.1 and v.2 -- Collecting the 6 Blackest Night tie-in miniseries, these providing a lot of supporting information to the overall Blackest Night events.  The Flash and JSA ones were both very good, and I have heard good things about the others as well.

DC Direct Brightest Day Toys

Straight from The Source over at DC, your first two waves of Brightest Day toys from DC Direct, featuring Hawkman and Hawkgirl!

Hawkgirl's helmet looks a little clunky in this picture, but I am super-jazzed about these.  I mean, classic Aquaman and Mera!  Martian Manhunter... with pants!  It's a toynanza!

Image: DC Direct Brightest Day toys, 2010, image retrieved from The Source.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Return Of The Black Lanterns?

Well, this can't be good.

DC Universe: The Source -- What Is October's Return Of The Black Lanterns?

Your guess is as good as mine, folks...

Hawkman Volume 3 Poster

Well, this was supposed to be yesterday's post, but that didn't quite happen.  So here it is today instead!

I saw this poster on eBay and immediately dug it.  As I have said here before, the first Hawkman comic I ever bought, or read for that matter, was Volume 3 Number 1, so I am very partial to this particular look.  I don't remember ever seeing this poster before this, but then again how many comic shop owners put up Hawkman posters?

I considered bidding on this but passed, since I really don't have the space to put up a poster like this.  But the more I look at it the more I like it, and I may have to make some space for it if I can get my hands on it in the future.

Image: Hawkman Volume 3 poster, 1992?, Jan Duursema, image obtained from eBay.

Read: Brightest Day #5

Issue: Brighest Day #5
Title: "Under Pressure"
Published Date: June 2010
Generation: Modern Carter, Modern Shiera
Retcon Status: In Continuity

Summary: In the alien landscape they were transported to through Hath-Set's bone portal, Hawkman and Hawkgirl try to get their bearings.  But the trauma of reexperiencing all of their deaths has made them realize that something is wrong.  As they kiss, they can both feel that they are wasting away inside, as Black Lantern-like tendrills creep into their faces.

Their moment is interrupted, however, when they are suddenly attacked by a pack of animal-men hybrids!  The large cat-like creatures pounce, but are beaten back by the skilled warriors.  Out of nowhere, a flock of real hawk-men swoop in and attack the animal-men... and then snatch Shiera and take off with her.  Later, Carter recovers from the attack to find an animal-man standing over him, welcoming him to Hawkworld.

Review: Deeper and deeper the mystery grows!  Besides the strange and savage Hawkworld (which, it seems, is the place's actual name... clever...), it seems that the White Light did more (or less) than simply bring the dead back to life.  Are the Hawks rotting from the inside out?  Does it have to do with them not being on Earth, and thus, close to the White Lantern?  Furthermore, what the heck is the deal with Hawkworld?  Does this have a connection to the Hawk Avatar?  And if the Hawk Avatar is involved, what about the other animal avatars?  A Lion-Mane come back, perhaps?  And what in the name of Hashut does this have to do with Hath-Set?  I think we're going to go a lot deeper down the rabbit hole before things start to come back together, but hey, nothing sells like a mystery, right?

You have to like Finch's cover, which looks for all the world like the Hawks chasing after the TARDIS.  Hey, Timelord!  They both got you beat on the rebirth angle!  

Image: Brightest Day #5, 2010, David Finch

Friday, July 9, 2010

Read: Brightest Day #4

Issue: Brighest Day #4
Title: "Thresholds"
Published Date: June 2010
Generation: Modern Carter, Modern Shiera
Retcon Status: In Continuity

Summary: In Peru, Hawkman and Hawkgirl stand before the portal Hath-Set made of their bones, deciding their course of action.  Agreed that Hath-Set traveled through the portal, Hawkman wants to follow him, while Hawkgirl thinks they should simply destroy the portal, trapping their foe wherever he is.  They deduce that the reason why the Heart of Zamaron was drawn to Hath-Set was that the piece of bone wanted to be joined with the rest of it.  The two heroes agree to travel through the portal, and are forced to relive all of their deaths all over again -- in an instant.  When they emerge, the find themselves in a strange new landscape, leading Shiera to say that they are not in Peru anymore...

Review: "Hawkworld" is a strange landscape, with floating cliffaces seemingly connected with ropes or bridges under a yellow sky.  I assume this is some sort of a mystical realm and not an alien one, but its hard to tell from what we see in this issue.  I really like the dialogue between Carter and Shiera, and Johns seems intent on driving home the long-fan-ascribed relationship where Shiera is the tempering element to Carter's temper.  Since I am one of those fans, I don't mind that one bit.

Image: Brightest Day #4, 2010, David Finch

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Waiting In The Wings -- 7/8/2010

What kind of Hawkman and Hawkgirl merch can we find this week?  Let's check it out!

Blackest Night HC -- Collecting the 8 issue miniseries which changed the Hawks around yet again.  I suppose some other stuff happened to, heh.  If you passed on the series this hardcover should suffice nicely.

Brightest Day #5 -- The Hawks score the cover this time out, and they seem to be the stars this week.  I am champing at the bit to see the details of this new "Hawkworld" they have discovered, and what it means to their and Hath-Set's history.  There's all sorts of good going on in Brightest Day and I am enjoying the heck out of this series.

Brightest Day: The Atom Special -- Starring Hawkman's buddy!  I am happy to see the Mighty Mite get some attention from DC, but a backup feature is probably about right for him at this time.  Hopefully this one will hang on for a while and Ray will get a chance to use his science nerd skills to fight crime and all that.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Brightest Day #5 Preview

Sorry about the disappearance, folks.  We left out to vist my in-laws on Thursday night at about 8:30 and got in about 4 in the morning, then got back home on Monday morning around same time.  Between getting back into the swing of work and catching up on everything after the holiday I never got around to making the posts.  But hopefully we'll be back on track now!

Anyway, here to tide us over on the extra day before New Comic Book Day here in the US thanks to the Independence Day holiday, DC has released a preview of Brightest Day #5, featuring Hawkman and Hawkgirl on the cover.  Here's the hype:

The mysteries deepen! What secret is Mera hiding? Where have Hawkman and Hawkgirl disappeared to? And what annoys Hawk the most about Deadman? Find out in this issue as we march closer towards the turning point of issue #7 as Hawk and Dove join the mission to uncover the truth behind their returns and what it means to the rest of the DCU! Here are a few pages from BRIGHTEST DAY #5, all courtesy of the stellar team of Johns, Tomasi and the comic industry's greatest artists.

All very epic and mysterious, yes? (/DeathsHead ) I am very intigued by this new "Hawkworld" and what exactly it means to the reincarnated souls of the Hawks.  although I must say, can't we please go back to Hawkwoman?  Shiera Hall is no slip of a girl, folks, she'll lay a hurt on you faster than you can say "nice wingtips."  She deserves the more mature moniker.

Brightest Day #5 comes out tomorrow (in the US anyway, it's already out in other markets).