Issue: Rann-Thanagar Holy War #4 Title: "Return Of The Prodigal" Published Date: Oct. 2008 Generation: Modern Carter Retcon Status: In Continuity
Summary: On Hardcore Station, Comet, Adam Strange, Weird, Animal Man, Tigorr, Starfire, and Chief Justice Max are outgunned and outclassed by Deacon Dark, his Inquisitor robots, and the temporaly-revived Synnar. Weird tries to use his phasing powers, but Synnar shrugs him off and goes after other targets. The fight is not going well, despite Comet being able to take out Deacon Dark, and Weird saving Strange from being fried by an Inquisitor. Needing muscle to take out the Eternal Light Corporation's temporal circuits, Weird mentions Bizarro being on Throneworld...
On Throneworld, Prince Gavyn, intending to use Bizarro as a weapon against Lady Styx, walks in on Adam Strange about to Zeta-beam Bizarro back to Hardcore Station, and is caught up in the teleport. Bizarro, mad at being taken away from his cartoons, is able to destroy the Inquisitors and turn the tide. Strange and Gavyn are able to destroy the time circuits, though Adam disappears for a second.
Meanwhile, on Rann, Hawkman is about to be executed by Sardath and his crazed fellow Styx-worshippers, but is spared when the prehistoric volcano disappears (thanks to the end of the time circuits). But, he is not out of the frying pan yet, as both he and Alana are taken prisoner by Sardath.
The heroes teleport back to Throneworld to find the entire planet devastated and the population gone... "processed" by Lady Styx in a matter of minutes.
Review: A very action-heavy issue, with not a lot of Hawkman but plenty of combat over on Hardcore Station. Starlin crams a lot of information into what is tantamount to an issue-long fight, including putting Synnar over as a badass on the level of "Darkseid or Mongul," which I obviously enjoyed. Lim's art is up to the task and looks great handling all of the battle sequences. It's fun to see all of these characters interacting, including Comet's exceptionally low opinion of most of the people he is forced to work with. Very enjoyable space opera comic book.
Note: The Adam Strange Special takes place in the second which Strange disappears while he and Prince Gavyn destroy the ELC's time circuits. I will not be covering that here as it is an Adam Strange side-story and does not feature Hawkman.
Image: Rann-Thanagar Holy War #4, 2008, Jim Starlin.