When the year started, Jeff Lemire and Bryan Hitch's Hawkman Found Metal Tie-in issue had just been released. It was a beautiful comic and ignited the hopes of the return of Hawkman and Hawkgirl. January and February brought us the fifth issue of Dark Nights: Metal and a lot of rumors, but the solicitations had nothing listed so the frustrations were increasing a bit. And then it happened.
March 14, 2018; this is a day that will be celebrated by many Hawkman fans for years to come. I live in Japan, which means I am 14 hours ahead of the U.S. east coast. Just after 2 a.m. on March 15th (Japan time), I suddenly woke up for some reason. I believe now that my inner Hawk sensor was wheeting like crazy. I got out of bed to check the news and there it was; Washington Post's David Betancourt had just released his article announcing the new Hawkman series by Robert Venditti and Hitch. The news quickly spread through Hawkworld. After five years since the end of the Savage Hawkman series, Hawkman would finally have his own regular title again. There was some concern about where Hawkgirl was, but we soon found out that she would be a regular member of the new Justice League series by Scott Snyder.
While at first I some reservations about a Hawkman comic without Hawkgirl, I eventually realized this was the best way to go. Both Snyder and Venditti mentioned that they wanted to establish each character in their own right before bringing them back together. After the Metal series, Carter Hall and Kendra Saunders appeared to have different origins and powers now, so it seemed like a fresh take on the Winged Warriors.
James Tynion, Jim Cheung and Jorge Jimenez have given us a beautifully drawn, no-time-to-catch-your-breath story. There are still many questions about Kendra Saunders, but hopefully, they will be answered in the near future. The variant cover of Hawkgirl for issue No. 3 by Jim Lee was instantly one of the best Hawkgirl covers ever. With the Hawkworld story underway, there will be many more Hawkgirl highlights ahead.
|Art by Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie and Jeremiah Skipper|
|Art from Hawkman No. 4|
|Art by Julian Totino Tedesco|
Justice League #1 (Hawkman)
Action Comics #1000 (Hawkman)
Wonder Woman #48 (Hawkgirl)
Flash Comics #49 (Hawkman)
Wonder Woman #50 (Hawkman, Hawkgirl)
Catwoman/Tweety and Sylvester #1 (Hawkman, Hawkgirl)
Superman #2 (Hawkman)
The Unexpected #5-7 (Hawkman)
Wonder woman and Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour #1 (Hawkgirl)
Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth Special #1 (Hawkman)
|Cover by Jim Cheung and Tomeu Morey|
On a personal note, Hawkworld Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have continued to grow and welcome new friends and followers this year. It's been great being able to post and tweet about everything going on with fellow fans. Hawkgirl Day on April 25th was great fun, and Hawkman Day on November 10th really took off this year. Many comic book sites, podcasts, and YouTube channels promoted the event and even invited me to their show. Venditti and Hitch also joined in promoting Hawkman Day and to be honest this just blew my mind. I was also able to join Venditti on a podcast on two occasions, even though I was not worthy, as well as a show with Doug Zawisza, the author of Hawkman Companion. Many, many thanks to The Comic Source's Jace Milam for giving me that opportunity.
|By Bryan Hitch|
On that topic, the sales of Hawkman have been struggling a bit recently. The book opened up at 33rd place on the Diamond Sales rankings with 42k copies sold to comic book stores, but the most recent rankings show Hawkman at No. 97 with 21l copies sold. Venditti and Hitch are giving us a great comic, so if it is at all within your means to pick up the comic each month, tell your comic book stores to promote it and tell your friends to pick it up, then we might have a chance of keeping this amazing comic going for a long time. It is my hope to see Hawkman #100 and beyond someday. Let's make that happen. Hawkman No. 8 will be released on January 16th, and the Justice League will be released on the 9th (issue No. 15) and the 23rd (issue No. 16). Don't miss it!
So 2018 comes to a close and what a year it has been. Hawkman and Hawkgirl are soaring high, taking us fans along for the flight. May we soar even higher in 2019!