Issue:Rann-Thanagar Holy War #1 Title: "The Dawning" Published Date: Jul 2008 Generation: Modern Carter Retcon Status: In Continuity
Summary: Hawkman is on Thanagar, where the Universal Light Corporation Church, led by Deacon Dark, has begun to win scores of converts. This is of concern to Hawkman and his friend, the Rannian hero Adam Strange, as Rann has fallen almost completely under the sway of Lady Styx and her cult. If these two faiths came into conflict with one another, the results would be catasrophic for all involved.
Meanwhile, other sectors of space have their own problems. On Hardcore Station, Chief Security Officer Max is searching for a man named Seek, along with his partner Find, unbenknownst to him that they are, in fact, watching him. On Earth, the "new" Captain Comet (AKA just Comet) sells the Justice League a bill of goods under the guise of providing information on extraterrestrial threats to Earth (for a fee, of course). Elsehwere on Rann, Omega Man Tigorr has his hands full with an illegal mining operation, while on Throneworld, Prince Gavin (AKA Starman) has to deal with the very sudden, and unwelcome, appearance of Bizarro!
All the while, Deacon Dark plans something big...
Review: Having not read 52, Countdown to Adventure, or Mystery In Space, I was coming into this one a little bit behind the rest of the class, but Starlin does a good job of making this accessible to the reader, which I liked. Ron Lim's art is clean and very appropriate for the setting and goings-in here. I especially like how every character has their own style of caption box, so we can always tell who is talking. The issue itself is mostly setup, which is to be expected, but there are some good character moments in there as well. Hawkman and Adam Strange's interaction is a lot of fun to read, and Comet's scam on the JLA is downright hilarious.
Clearly not every DC fan's cup of tea, but reading this one made me very eager for the next issue.