Hawkman And Atom Against A World In Hawkman #6

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Hawkman and the Atom are on a living subatomic planet in the Microverse called Moz-Ga, and it wants both heroes dead. The Atom is able to relatively “grow” to fight the living mountains on Moz-Ga, and this gives Hawkman room to mine for the Nth metal his beacon detected within the planet. Carter expects to find a weapon with which to fight the Deathbringers, but what he finds is beyond his expectations.

Hawkman #6 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair
Hawkman #6 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair

Hawkman #6 concludes the long-awaited team-up of Hawkman and the Atom. It also continues the appreciated trend in Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch’s Hawkman of having our Winged Warrior hero fighting monsters as opposed to supervillains and criminals.

That taps into a classic Hawkman tradition, and it’s one that I personally like quite a bit. Also, seeing the dynamic duo of Hawkman and the Atom return is awesome.

Their dialogue conveys a bond of two men who are not accustomed to emotionality (beyond blind rage for Carter) but understand one another deeply. They joke and share their concerns, but they respect that the other has their own personal journey ahead that they cannot give up.

I gush on this book a bit more than most, but, in my defense, Hawkman is my favorite DC hero (the Winter Soldier is my favorite Marvel, for those who are curious). That said, if this book were bad or just mediocre, I’d cop to it. It’s not though; it’s a great frigging comic book.

Hawkman #6 art by Bryan Hitch, Jeremiah Skipper, and letterer Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Hawkman #6 art by Bryan Hitch, Jeremiah Skipper, and letterer Richard Starkings and Comicraft

Bryan Hitch’s artwork continues to be downright phenomenal, giving each character a subtlety to their expressions that suits Carter and Ray well. The big action scene against the living planet looks especially good; Hitch can display movement and impact excellently. There are moments where Carter and Ray look uncannily alike in the face, and that can take you out of a moment. Thankfully, those moments are few. Jeremiah Skipper’s color work supports the visuals very well too; he keeps the color palette balanced, deep, and eye-catching.

Hawkman #6 is another home run from Venditti, Hitch, and the team. We get a fun and fast-moving team-up from Hawkman and the Atom, and we are reminded why these heroes are so fun to read together. This book certainly earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

Hawkman #6 comes to us from writer Robert Venditti, artist Bryan Hitch, color artist Jeremiah Skipper, letterer Richard Starkings and Comicraft, cover artist Bryan Hitch with Alex Sinclair, and variant cover artist Matteo Scalera.

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