All that having been said I like character profiles like the ones contained in SF&O, and this Hawkman one is pretty good. For one thing the art is by Rags Morales, who readers of this blog will know was kicking it hardcore on the Hawkman title when this was published. Rags was always good at making Hawkman look powerful and well built without being a brick or Hulk-like. The 5 weapons (6 if you count the shield) are a nice touch as well, demonstrating this iteration of Hawkman's predilection for waded well-armed into combat. The pose and the sweeping nature of the wings and Honor Wings all combine to give Hawkman a look which is both powerful and, if not graceful, then certainly agile.
Geoff Johns and Jim Beard join forces to handle the profile, and generally I think it is well handled. Hawkman is a difficult character to boil down to a few paragraphs... if you want those paragraphs to make any sense. That is deftly handled here by avoiding some of the more... esoteric details and sticking to the basics. The complete avoidance of Katar Hol and Shayera Thal is probably for the best as well. As befits that this is SF&O and not Who's Who, the talk is mostly of Carter's origins and how he got to where he is today. It's concise enough that I could give this to someone who was not reading the comic and they could be somewhat caught up.
I'm not thrilled with the last paragraph, though. The vague hints of future threats make sense in the context of when the book was published, but now simply stand out. I would have greatly preferred if the last (compound) sentence had been left out.
That having been said, considering the fact that there was a Hawkman book on the shelves being written by Geoff Johns and James Robinson with art by Rags Morales was a reason to be excited, and DC clearly wanted to help give the book a push by publishing Secret Files & Origins. I don't think we'll ever get such a "superstar" team on the character's solo book ever again, so it's appropriate that DC pulled out some extras to help hype things along back in the Volume 4 days.
Thanks to Anj for coming up with the idea and Frank for getting me involved in this crossover!
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- The Atom @ Power of the Atom
- Doctor Fate @ Tower of Fate
- Firestorm @ Firestorm Fan
- Green Lantern @ The Indigo Tribe
- Martian Manhunter @ The Idol-Head of Diabolu
- Renee Montoya @ Who is the Question?
- Phantom Stranger @ I Am The Phantom Stranger
- Steel @ DC Bloodlines
- Suicide Squad @ Subject: Task Force X
- Supergirl @ Supergirl Comic Box Commentary
- Wonder Woman @ Diana Prince
- Zatanna @ Justice League Detroit