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For decades, Hawkman joined the likes of Aquaman as a perennial also-ran. But of all the winged wonder's incarnations, Tim Truman's vision for Hawkman finally delivered. Here is a man, Katar Hol, who begins his journey as an exuberant youth with high ideals. But when he is thrust into the morass of real life, he suddenly finds he must surrender his soul before he can ultimately reap redemption and pave a path toward absolving his sins.
Truman got a shot at revamping the character as part of DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths event, where the publisher rebooted their storied continuity for a new generation of readers. What Truman crafted was a masterpiece, a haunted hero who is every bit this character's version of Frank Miller's famed Dark Knight.
Truman not only reimagined a classic hero for the modern era, he also paid homage to Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert's Silver Age vision at the same time. In fact, Truman's tale ends where Fox and Kubert's stories begin way back in the Silver Age's Brave and the Bold #34; a reader could look at the two visions as one complete saga. That's how artfully crafted Truman's story is.
And because Truman is himself a graduate of Joe Kubert's School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, his beautiful artwork -- gritty when it needs to be, majestic in capturing the hero's transformation -- is a perfect compliment to Kubert's legendary visuals.
The saga of Katar Hol is also the story of his people and his planet, Thanagar, the famed Hawkworld of the series' title. It's an apt name for the book; so much of what happens to Katar revolves around how his society has sunken into a dark era where the gap between the rich and poor is enormous, a theme that reverberates with as much relevance today as when the story was written nearly 20 years ago.
Readers do not need to know anything about Hawkman's history to enjoy Truman's "Hawkworld" saga. In fact, this book is the perfect starting point for new readers. And veteran Hawkman fans will relish the connections between Truman's and Fox & Kubert's versions.
The new trade paperback edition includes an intro by Mike Gold, the original editor of the series, on how he came to cast Truman in the critical role of rebooting Hawkman.
Overall, the new paperback collection is an excellent way to be introduced to a complex, compelling take on Hawkman, or for veteran fans, to revisit one of the best renditions of this storied character.
Well-written, with good artwork, this is an essential must-have for the Hawkman fan!!
And that's from a disaffected comic fan who's had enough of grim and gritty and graphic violence that's excused for "mature" storytelling.
This was the perfect Hawkman origin story that would actually make a great sci-fi film. DC blew it by trying to fit this story into then current storylines, rather than making it a retroactive story that both gave greater depth and more background to the character of Hawkman and Hawkman has never recovered. Sadly DC instead of learning from its errors continued with needless reboots that has helped to render their once iconic line of superheroes into unrecognizable pastiches on the precipise of irrelevancy. Yeah Hawkworld is the template for a great movie - if Marvel owned the property. Great book and art by Tim Truman despite what DC did with it!
Kator Hol is a member of the Wingmen, the police force of Thanagar. Drug abuse, cruelty and disregard for life is the game. When Kator falls from grace, he must decided what he stands for. Will he mark a return to the heroes of the past?
Truman's artwork is a thing of beauty, every panel is gorgeous and full of detail that invites multiple rereads. There is something about a comic creator being both writer and artist that makes for a great synergy. The story is one of redemption with lyrical prose that one would not expect to find in a Dark Age tale. Highly recommended, DC was wise to reissue the TPB. Even 25 years later, it retains its grandeur and power.