The Battle Above London In Hawkman #10

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The Deathbringers have arrived at Earth, and Idamm is leading their army across the skies of London. Hawkman has met his friend of a past life on the field of battle, and Idamm has not forgiven the betrayal of millenia past. Madame Xanadu is providing support for Carter, but it’s not enough to keep the Deathbringer hordes back or to save Carter from Idamm. Hawkman will never go down without a fight first though, and Carter battles Idamm and the Deathbringer army with everything he has.

Hawkman #10 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair
Hawkman #10 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair

Hawkman #10 continues the first climax to Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch’s Hawkman saga. The Deathbringers are here, and Hawkman must stop them and the man that leads their armies.

The issue mainly consists of the confrontation between Carter and Idamm. The Deathbringer warrior still holds nothing but burning hatred for Carter, and Hawkman will do anything to prevent the Deathbringers from overrunning the Earth.

We get plenty of awesome scenes of Hawkman barrelling through hordes of winged warriors and saving as many innocents as possible. It’s a hopeless fight, and Carter knows it. However, that doesn’t mean Carter lie down.

Of course, there is an out revealed at the end of the comic. It’s a little strange but pretty damn cool. Unfortunately, it’s not the sudden Justice Society of America reunion for which I was hoping.

Hawkman #10 art by Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Jeremiah Skipper, and letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Hawkman #10 art by Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Jeremiah Skipper, and letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft

As expected, Bryan Hitch’s artwork remains beautiful, and he has a way with Hawkman that few can match. The heroic majesty shown in each panel of Carter’s flight is enough to leave the reader awestruck. Hitch has not landed a dud panel in this series, and I’m not expecting him to do so soon. Jeremiah Skipper gives this issue another good color treatment that amplifies the life and energy on each page.

Hawkman #10 is another powerhouse of an issue from Venditti and Hitch. Hawkman and Xanadu stand against a seemingly endless horde of winged killers, and the safety of the world all lies upon the shoulders of Carter Hall. This comic definitely gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

Hawkman #10 comes to us from writer Robert Venditti, artist Bryan Hitch, inkers Andrew Currie and Hitch, color artist Jeremiah Skipper, letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft, cover artist Hitch with Alex Sinclair, and variant cover artist Cully Hammer.

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