In issue No. 22, Shayera Hol/Hawkwoman and the Sky Tyrant both reached for the "Key" and were immediately transported to an unknown location. Issue No. 23 starts with Shayera and Sky Tyrant falling into darkness and a flashback story begins. It is eerily relevant to what is happening in the world today as Hawkman is a Spaniard named Dr. Carlo Salon, helping people who have been stricken with the plague. Things turn bad and he is about to be executed when someone steps in to save him.
|Art from 1841|
|Costumes from the Festival of Venice|
Now the real battle starts. Hawkman and Hawkwoman have arrived at the realm of the Lord of the Void. We haven't seen this entity since issue No. 7, but it appears it is busy getting ready to make its move. This is the entity that started it all and we may be finding out more about it and the other entity that gave Carter and Shayera the power of reincarnation (I hope).
Venditti continues to give us panels that are so touching or full of impact. This issue was no exception. It seems like an easy read, but after reading it a few times over, you catch things you missed or didn't realize the first time. With Venditti, one read is never enough. That's good writing. The art was interesting with two pencillers. Fernando Pasaringave us the present story, while Marcio Takara did the past. Oclair Albert (inks) and Jeromy Cox (colors) handled both. The vibrancy of the lines and colors are so beautiful to look at. I hope this team stays together for the foreseeable future.
I don't want to give away too much of what happened, but there was a big payoff in this issue and all Hawkfans need to pick this one up. The whole dynamic of the story has turned and it just got twice as interesting. Big reveals appear to be coming up in the issues ahead. We finally got what we have been waiting for, and with the infection finally out of the way, it seems like the Hawks are where they are destined to be. It's been a long time since we've been able to say that, and it feels great.
Hawkman No. 23
Miasma of Fear
Writer: Robert Venditti
Pencils: Fernando Pasarin and Marcio Takara
Inks: Marcio Takara and Oclair Albert
Colors: Jeromy Cox
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editors: Andrea Shea and Alex R. Carr
Cover: Mikel Janin
Variant Cover: Gerardo Zaffino
|Variant Cover by Gerardo Zaffino|