Starting next month, Hawkman will be returning in an ongoing series taking place after Dark Nights: Metal. The series will be written by Robert Venditti and drawn by Bryan Hitch. Check out the full solicitation below:
Following his explosive appearance in HAWKMAN FOUND #1, DC’s winged warrior returns in the all-new HAWKMAN #1.
Spinning out of the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Carter Hall returns to the DC Universe! An explorer of the ancient and unknown, Hawkman finds himself embroiled in a long-standing mission to discover the true purpose of his many reincarnations. Carter races around the globe trying to piece together an ancient prophecy, but will he be able to face down his past lives lurking around every corner?
HAWKMAN #1 is written by Robert Venditti with art and cover by Bryan Hitch and a variant cover by Stjepan Sejic. The book will hit comic shops on June 13th.
The new creative team recently sat down for an interview to talk about their takes on the character and what to expect. Below are some highlights:
On their initial reason for the series:
“[Metal] has really elevated Carter Hall/Hawkman (Katar Hol), and brought him back to the DC universe in an [exciting] way,” Venditti said. “That’s really what Bryan and I’s vision for the series is, as well.” “Hawkman is a foundational character in the DCU. Over time I think he’s lost some of that central importance to the DC universe, and we really want to bring that back and make him a marquee character,” Venditti said. “And to do that, we’re going to take him to a lot of unexpected, unexplored places and introduce a lot of new mythology for the character.”
On where the character is at the beginning of the series:
“The biggest question mark he has when we open up this series is about himself. He has now become his own greatest adventure,” Venditti said. He’s been “unlocking his own deep past, his own origins, his own mythology and discovering things that he has not known up to this point, and the reader will very much be swept along in that mission of discovery and exploration along with [Hawkman].”…. “As much as he knows and as much as his experience with his many lives has brought him, he’s about to find out that he knows a very small piece of the story,” Venditti said. “There’s a mission he has to fulfill, and if he doesn’t, it’s going to have implications not just for Earth, but for the wider DC universe.”
Hitch’s respect for the character:
“The Winged Man is such a significant and powerful image in myth and legend. That’s exactly the element Hawkman fits best. It’s such a unique image to play with from the Bird of Prey to the Angel, the winged man is genuinely awesome in the truest sense,” Hitch said. “Carter [Hawkman] is the DCU’s greatest warrior, but he’s also part of its secret history. All of that gives you such a rich visual tapestry as an artist to play with.”
Hitch on his transition from drawing Justice League to drawing Hawkman:
“That changes the way you think about a page or a panel,” Hitch said. “It certainly makes the work quicker, having fewer characters or elements in each scene, but it also allows for you to make the character the absolute focus of each scene, page or moment. It’s a different process and, hopefully, will gives us some striking visuals that focus solely on Hawkman. Those wings need a lot of room.”
On any future appearances of Hawkgirl:
“As much as he knows and as much as his experience with his many lives has brought him, he’s about to find out that he knows a very small piece of the story,” Venditti said. “There’s a mission he has to fulfill, and if he doesn’t, it’s going to have implications not just for Earth, but for the wider DC universe.”
On Hawkman’s legendary Mace:
“Mace action,” Hitch said, “will be swift and merciless.”
Fans of the iconic character can rest assured that the character is in good hands.