Alright, this one is kinda late, but various factors kept distracting me from sitting down and writing it. After the swap-out of Hawkman for Bizarro in Strange Adventures #1, I was hoping to get a little more information in the second installment. I was not disappointed. If you are waiting for the collection of Strange Adventures or otherwise have not read the issue yet, be advised that this post contains some spoilers.
Once again, Hawkman does not appear in this issue, but he is a pretty hot topic. In the feature story, while Adam Strange deals with the fact that whole batches of stars seem to be disappearing from the cosmos (and only he is noticing), his mind wanders to his friend Hawkman, and Synnar the Demiurge's Abberant Six. Strange vows to seek out Hawkman once he gets a moment without some crisis so that they can begin to sort out just what Synnar was getting at.
The co-feature (that is to say, the back-up) with Bizzaro futher spells out the switcharoo: Deacon Dark's assistant/acolyte Coriolis finds Bizarro while trying to retrieve Hawkman, but is confused: he doesn't look avian at all! Then, as the reborn Lady Styx recounts her plan to eliminate Synnar's Abberant Six, she mentions that the Demiurge has no idea that Hawkman has been "replaced" by Bizarro.
So, once more I must ask, what does this all mean? Being a comic book fan, I do so love speculating. From what we have seen in this series, combined with Rann-Thanagar Holy War, Starlin's Hawkman Special, and what has been spilled about the Hawks regarding "Blackest Night," it is becoming clear that the original plan for Jim Starlin to use Hawkman has, for the time being, been put on hold so that Geoff Johns can use him. Considering that Johns helped bring the character back from the "unusable" limbo he was in after Zero Hour, and helped launch the longest running Hawkman feature ever, he already has proven that he can handle the character.
I like the idea of Hawkman as a space character, and "Blackest Night" may still re-establish that, but that is beyond the scope of what we can speculate right now. As one of the seemingly very few who are enjoying Starlin's little cosmic corner of the DCU, obviously I am a little disappointed that we will not get to see the Abberant Six storyline play out as originally intended. But, to be honest, I have enjoyed the heck out of R-THW and Strange Adventures even without considering the Hawk-percussions; Starlin has a great handle on his cast (most of whom I was unfamiliar with beforehand) and appears to be having a lot of fun putting them through one calamity after another.
So what do I think will happen? At some point in Strange Adventures (or, perhaps whatever title comes after it...). Adam Strange will seek out Hawkman, only to discover that Hawkman has no recollection of the events of the Hawkman Special. (A pity for me, since I liked it. Anyway.) Adam will ask Hawkman to help him deal with Synnar, but Hawkman will have to refuse, being too busy dealing with various events which have come about because of "Blackest Night." Adam, along with Comet, The Weird, Eye, Bizarro, and the final member of the Abberant Six (???) then go off and have cosmic adventures dealing with Lord Synnar the Demiurge and his plan to overthrow God.
Am I totally off base? Will we get two Hawkmen as I previously have speculated? Only time will tell!