Over on CBR
, the first image of the new Earth 2
Hawkgirl has been revealed, and it looks like our favorite Wingwoman is getting a snazzy new take!
According to Earth 2
scribe James Robinson:
I'm excited for readers to see this new Earth 2 version of Hawkgirl," Robinson told CBR. "As the co-creator of the original Kendra Saunders, I've taken pains to keep the essence of her personality while adding a more two-fisted quality to her as well. I'm also enjoying developing another aspect to her, in that with the absence of Batman, she must also step up and become the great detective of Earth 2. I hope readers will enjoy watching her find her place in this new world as a part of this new team of heroes.
Sounds to me like this new Hawkgirl will in fact be Kendra Saunders, which makes sense considering Robinson is writing the title. And the idea of Hawkgirl as a detective is both a brilliant expansion of Kendra's character (who in the early days of JSA
used her noggin along with her brawn) and a fabulous spotlight role in a series which is rapidly shaping up to be a fan favorite.
The most striking aspect of the new costume is the colors
! Blue and black makes me think of Aquagirl moreso than Hawkgirl, but I think it looks great and also visually seperates her from both Hawkman as well as all previous iterations of Hawkgirl. The helmet is streamlined and almost modernist, but I love the "Eye of Horus" effects around the lenses. Is she wearing makeup under her eyes, or is that part of the mask? Perhaps a cowl underneath?
Also, it seems that over on the alternate world of Earth 2, Hawkgirl is now Black! Or perhaps very tan (and dredlocked). No problem at all with this -- it's a new world after all, both in the context of the New 52 and then on Earth 2 in particular.
One last thing -- the twin automatic pistols. Besides making her look like she has been reading a lot of Lee Falk comics (zing!
), the use of modern weapons is a good fit for Hawkgirl. Even as far back as the Silver Age, Hawkgirl tended to use modern weapons even as Hawkman would steadfastly hold onto his ancient ones. And of course, the Hawkworld-era Hawkwoman was well known for totting guns. So it makes sense to me!
So, what do you folks think of our first impression of this new Hawkgirl? Love her or loathe her? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!
Big thanks to Raul Cotto (@MASFUEG0
) for hitting me with the link on Twitter! You've earned your Honor Wings, Raul!