Monday, June 21, 2010

Geoff Johns on Hawkman and Hawkgirl

From a new interview with Geoff Johns on IGN, a few tidbits about Hawkman and Hawkgirl in Brightest Day...

IGN Comics: So let's jump in and talk about the cast and get your insight into these characters, why they appeal to you, and where they stand in these early stages of Brightest Day. We'll start with Hawkman and Hawkgirl. You've been involved in overhauling these characters earlier in your career in the JSA and Hawkman series. What's your take on the characters, and what do you think makes them special?

Johns: Pete and I really see the Hawks – and we worked on the Hawks for a long time – as reincarnated warriors. They're two of the greatest fighters in the DC Universe because they've had thousands of years' worth of experience. In addition, their passion for one another and for life can't be destroyed – death can't even stop it. I find that, in a strange way, really romantic. It's a very appealing trait. Everything they do, they do out of love, as barbaric as it may appear sometimes.

IGN Comics: And there's that tragic inevitability behind the idea that every time they come together it leads to doom.

Johns: Right. That's exactly what is at the forefront of their story in Brightest Day. It's about them dealing with that curse and that adversity, wondering how long they're back for. This is not good for them.

IGN Comics: It was teased in Blackest Night, and we've seen a little bit in Brightest Day, regarding the idea that the two of them are connected to the Star Sapphire/Zamaron force. Was that a natural fit that popped up in the writing of Blackest Night?

Johns: We were thinking about where the greatest, boldest love comes from in the DC Universe, and the Hawks immediately came to mind.

Very interesting stuff!  Be sure to check out the rest of the interview to see what Johns has to say about the rest of the Brightest Day crew.
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