Death of Hawkman #2 Review

Written by: Marc Andreyko

Art by: Aaron Lopresti

Publisher: DC Comics

I went into Death of Hawkman #2 with stereotypes in my head. Anything I’ve ever watched or read on Hawkman have been the classic stories of Carter Hall and Kendra Saunders. Winged crossed lovers, that no matter what they went through in each life time, could still find their soul mates. Sure, it always ends tragically, where one or the other die, and they have to find each other all over again. However, the journeys that take place for them to find themselves, and grow with or without one another, have always been enjoyable to me.

I opened this comic with a love story in mind. No, I did not read number one of Death of Hawkman, so I truly was set up for surprise. And, being honest with myself, the surprise started out confusing, yet grew on me with each passing page.

Writer, Marc Andreyko immediately started this issue with Hawkman, who is currently Katar Hol, and Dr. Adam Strange in battle. I can only assume as a reader, that the first issue explains exactly what has happened prior to the blood stained characters, and destroyed city landscape. Viewers can tell, also immediately, that it’s a seemingly futuristic world, we have Dr. Strange’s helmet and uniform to thank for that. As well as futuristic officers that for a reason I hadn’t understood yet, Hawkman was treating with anger and violence. Thankfully, Andreyko allows Hawkman, Adam, and Adam’s wife, Alanna explain why a battle is happening at all. It does seem, that in a nutshell, someone is trying to put the Thanagarian’s (Hawkman’s people) against the people of Rann. Very little is explained as to who, or what team of people are trying to accomplish this destruction. Readers also catch a glimpse of some type of evil villain who may or may not be involved.

A lot of political battle strategy seems to be taking place within this issue. Not in a “come on, give me the action!” way, but in a “alright, now I get what the problem is.” kind of way. Explaining the depth of war is always entertaining in my opinion, simply because it gives the readers a deeper understanding of what our heroes are going through mentally, while they have to physically stop the problem. Adam and his wife have a battle of morals about this predicament, and points out both sides of this fast moving issue. Of course, we also have to be visually entertained to want to keep flipping through our much loved glossy comic pages.

Artist Aaron Lopresti gives us the honor of making this Hawkman story come to life. He’s been doing so for years, moving his pencil all over the DC and Marvel universe. What I really appreciate about Lopresti’s work is that he keeps the details where needed, and doesn’t try to over do anything. The characters are clear, and realistic. He brings a light of creating a monumental feel to each person, showing you their drive, and heart with whatever Hawkman and Adam are being faced with. The vibe to the comic is warm yet stirring when faced with the blood splatter that comes and goes throughout the battle.

All in all, I feel that this story line is going somewhere. It’s giving me a different and possibly new outcome to what we all think about when it comes to Hawkman.