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Product Details

  • Series: Hawk & Dove
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234980
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hawk and Dove is tremendous fun.” – MTV Geek
“A healthy dose of entertainment.” – IGN
“A rock-‘em, sock-‘em action series…” – Comic Book Resources 

About the Author

Sterling Gates was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a degree in Art from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in Film and Media Arts. After moving to Los Angeles, Sterling worked as writer's room production assistant on TV's "Blade: The Series," later becoming assistant to comic book industry giant, Geoff Johns.

Since selling his first story to DC Comics in 2007, Sterling has written for such DC titles as GREEN LANTERN CORPS, WORLD'S FINEST, ACTION COMICS, ADVENTURE COMICS, FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST, and the New 52's HAWK & DOVE, but he is best known for his critically acclaimed run on SUPERGIRL. 

Alongside writers Geoff Johns, James Robinson, and Greg Rucka, Sterling co-wrote the New York Times best-selling "Superman: New Krypton Saga" graphic novel series, including SUPERMAN: NEW KRYPTON, SUPERMAN: THE LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON, and SUPERMAN: WAR OF THE SUPERMEN.

Sterling currently resides in Los Angeles, California, and is also a very proud Eagle Scout.

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Sterling Gates was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a degree in Art from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in Film and Media Arts. After moving to Los Angeles, Sterling worked as writer's room production assistant on TV's "Blade: The Series," later becoming assistant to comic book industry giant, Geoff Johns.

Since selling his first story to DC Comics in 2007, Sterling has written for such DC titles as GREEN LANTERN CORPS, WORLD'S FINEST, ACTION COMICS, ADVENTURE COMICS, JUSTICE LEAGUE, FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST, HAWK & DOVE, FOREVER EVIL: A.R.G.U.S., and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: VIBE, but he is best known for his critically acclaimed run on SUPERGIRL.

Alongside writers Geoff Johns, James Robinson, and Greg Rucka, Sterling co-wrote the New York Times best-selling "Superman: New Krypton Saga" graphic novel series, including SUPERMAN: NEW KRYPTON, SUPERMAN: THE LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON, and SUPERMAN: WAR OF THE SUPERMEN.

A proud Eagle Scout, Sterling resides in Los Angeles, California.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 1AnimeFan on September 7, 2012
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With DC Comic's New 52, I have been sampling everything just to see what I like. In my opinion, this graphic novel is really only suitable for those who are already acquainted with the characters.

I really only have a cursory knowledge of who the characters are. As this is volume 1, the author does try to introduce fans to the characters. However, this is not really accomplished. The story seems to pick up out of the Brightest Day miniseries, so anyone who hasn't read that will be lost.

I should mention that this series has been canceled, so Volume 1 has all 8 issues. The author set up a number of questions and cliffhangers that would have likely been resolved had the series continued, but this is not going to happen. In summation, this series is probably only for true fans of the characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US on February 2, 2013
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Me being the DC fan, I've read my share of the characters that inhabit the DC Universe, and I've had some experience of Hawk & Dove in various team ups and appearances. I haven't had the pleasure of reading about Hawk and Dove in their own series before, so I thought I'd give this a try. That and the book was only $5 at a comic convention, so that too helped in my purchase.

HAWK AND DOVE VOL.1: FIRST STRIKES collect all 8 issues and see both Hawk and Dove fighting crime in Washington, D.C. All of a sudden, a pair of beings named Condor and Swan who share similar costumes and powers to Hawk and Dove attack the President and go after both main characters families.

That's the basic premise of the short series and if you want an action packed, simple book combined with Rob Liefelds art in the spirit of the 1990's, then Hawk and Dove is it. It doesn't do much in character moments and it relies heavy on consistent action. Some lingering plot points carry over before the New 52, like Deadman and Dove's relationship and the previous Hawk avatar Don Hall's status. Those plot points can confuse readers of what and who these characters are, and leave lingering story plots dangling due to the series cut short life span. But again, Hawk and Dove it relies mostly on the action to appeal for fans.

I know Rob Liefeld has his haters and fans out there, and I'm not one of his fans, but I will say compared to his early 90's work, it isn't absurdly drawn as it once was (though everything he draws is still disproportionate with bodily figures). His art gives the comic the feel of the 90's with the expressions and action sequences. The lack of properly drawn expressions in the few quieter moments hurts. Hawk is almost always angry and Dove is almost always expressionless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luis Posos on April 4, 2013
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The book is Like a Die Hard movie. Feels like the old comics, too. Great job Rob Liefeld and Sterling Gate.
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