[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artists: Kevin Nowlan and Bryan Hitch
One of DC’S greatest heroes is missing! No one has seen or heard from Carter Hall—a.k.a. Hawkman—in years. Reincarnated repeatedly since the dawn of humanity, Hawkman has spent his many lives uncovering history’s most fantastic mysteries, and now he has become one himself! Take a journey into one of the darkest corners of the DC Universe as a mysterious man tries to piece together what happened to Hawkman, and how it all connects to the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL!
In this story, Carter Hall is a Robinson Crusoe-type character mixed with Tom Cruise’s character from War Of The Worlds, both intriguing and mysterious. The reader gets a front seat to how he comes to the realization of who he is, as past life memories invade his mind, and he remembers who he is.
The twist in this first issue is an interesting one that is a major change to the canon, much akin to the story told in Chronicles of Riddick. By issue’s end, Carter Hall is back to square one, trying to understand how everything the universe has given him fits together.
The incoherence within this first issue can be confusing, as any layman who doesn’t know Hawkman’s origin may not understand the changes in the canon and how seismic they are to the DC Universe as a whole.
Buy, as this story connects what is going on in Dark Nights: Metal and explains Hawkman’s place in it.