The Army Of Hawkman In Hawkman #11

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Hawkman has summoned all of his past lives to fight back against the Deathbringer army. Incarnations of Carter Hall from across eternity unite at once to protect Earth from Ktar’s old masters. The lead Hawkman, Carter Hall of the present, stands against his old friend and comrade, Idamm. With power like the Kryptonian Catar-Ol and the Dragon of Barbatos behind him, Hawkman seems to have the upperhand, but the Deathbringers can’t be killed. Can even Hawkman win against an undying horde?

Hawkman #11 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair
Hawkman #11 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair

Hawkman #11 continues the war between Hawkman and the Deathbringers. All of Carter’s past lives stand at his back now, and it seems like there may be hope for Earth and the universe at large.

This is a straightfoward battle issue for the series. While there is still plenty of dialogue and a smattering of solid character moments spread throughout the book, the main event is seeing the various incarnations of Hawkman battle against the winged warriors of the Deathbringer horde.

And…it’s all just awesome. We get to see previous series stars like Katar-Hol of Thanagar, we get the Microverse, Kryptonian, and Rannian Hawkmen, we get Nighthawk of the Old West, Prince Khufu of Ancient Egypt, and we even get the Dragon of Barbatos. It’s just damn cool to see.

We still have the more personal struggle between the curren Carter Halla and Idamm at the center of it all. Idamm is a physical manifestation of Ktar’s sins, and Idamm is proud of this fact. Hawkman’s victory hinges on him accepting that he isn’t Ktar anymore, and it’s a good moment.

Hawkman #11 art by Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Jeremiah Skipper, and letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Hawkman #11 art by Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Jeremiah Skipper, and letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft

Of course, Bryan Hitch’s artwork continues to impress. He goes above and beyond in rendering these immense fight scenes with scores of Hawk-people spread across the air. However, he also makes the intimate moments of struggle between Carter and Idamm just as gorgeous and compelling. Jeremiah Skipper’s color work and the inking of both Hitch and Andrew Currie brings it all together in a brilliant visual display.

Hawkman #11 is another powerhouse issue for the series, with Carter Hall finally being vindicated and supported in his war against the Deathbringers. It’s all the Hawkman you could ever ask for, and it gets a recommendation. Check it out.

Hawkman #11 comes to us from writer Robert Venditti, artist Bryan Hitch, inker Hitch with Andrew Currie, color artist Jeremiah Skipper, letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft, cover artist Hitch with Alex Sinclair, and variant cover artist Julian Totino Tedesco.

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