Yesterday I gave you the advance solicits for the upcoming issues of The Savage Hawkman, and today we have the cover to the first issue of the "Liefeld Era" (anytime someone says "the <blank> era," I think of Chick Hicks from Cars, but I digress). Appropriately, the cover is drawn by Rob Liefeld, even though he will not be handling interiors.
I'm not going to mince words here -- I do not like this cover. The wings look scratchy and vague, the "v" shape on the pants give me more of an Aquaman vibe than a Hawkman one, and combined the with the tapered waste, gives the figure an almost fey appearance. The weapons are just random "alien blades" and don't do much for me like the old fashioned ancient weapons typically do. The helmet looks alright but does illustrate the point I have seen online that, so far, only Philip Tan could really draw that helmet well. I am not sure what is going on with the right boot -- is his leg rotated 90 degrees at the knee, or something?
In the interest of fairness, I like the look of the wing harness and the shoulder armor. Also, the colors are spot-on, especially the hues and shades to the golden Nth metal.
There's something about the "slim muscular" body type which Liefeld uses on Hawkman which doesn't sit well to my eye. If he had drawn Hawkman to look more like Hawk, who has a bulky frame, I think the image might have been more appealing. I suppose that the idea is to portray Hawkman like a sleek, lithe raptor, a "bird of prey" waiting to swoop down and pounce on its target? But as it stands I don't like it.
But, again, Liefeld is not doing interiors, Joe Bennett is. Bennett sounds very excited about the gig, saying on his Facebook:
…it´ll be agreat return to me after 8 years.Hawkman was my first DC book and back to it is a joy..Art Thibert on inks and Jason Right on colors is a great joy,also…let´s ROCK!!!!
Later, we'll have some first looks at Bennett's take on the "Savage" Hawkman.