The Final Charge Against The Deathbringers In Hawkman #12

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Hawkman and his past selves make a final push against Idamm, the Deathbringers, and their warships. The fate of the world lies upon Carter Hall’s many lives, and Carter himself must prove his supremacy over Idamm if they have any hope of stopping the Deathbringer horde. Hawkman’s other selves must stop the Deathbringer ships from firing their weapons, as their cannons are powerful enough to devastate our planet. It’s all come down to this; Carter Hall and his many lives have been leading towards this confrontation with the Deathbringers.

Hawkman #12 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair
Hawkman #12 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair

Hawkman #12 concludes the first year and first grand arc of Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch’s Hawkman with an outright war between the many lives of Hawkman and the Deathbringers.

It’s a fast-moving and exciting issue; there’s nothing left but the fighting and the conclusion. Hawkman and his past selves are the only one there to stop this, and they will no matter what it takes.

Much of the comic hinges on Carter’s personal skirmish with Idamm. This is the moment where Carter must prove that he’s better than Ktar–the man he once was. To do so, he must be able to beat the unkillable Idamm.

We get good moments with other incarnations of Hawkman, particularly the Dragon from Dark Knights: Metal and the Kryptonian Catar-Ol.

Hawkman #12 art by Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Norm Rapmund, Scott Hanna, Jeremiah Skipper, and letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Hawkman #12 art by Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Norm Rapmund, Scott Hanna, Jeremiah Skipper, and letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft

This is Bryan Hitch’s last issue on Hawkman, and he makes sure to go out with a bang. Panel after panel show us the swarm of Hawkman battling fiercely against the Deathbringer army. We get to see Carter, the Dragon, Katar, Catar-Ol, and others unleashed and fighting tirelessly. The subtler moments of expression and emotion gel well too. The comic looks great throughout, in no small part also thanks to the inkwork of Andrew Currie, Norm Rapmund, and Scott Hanna as well as the color art of Jeremiah Skipper.

Hawkman #12 is an epic battle that closes out the war against the Deathbringers. It’s an excellent and exciting read that serves as a perfect homage to Hawkman and his past incarnations in DC Comics. This one gets a strong recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.

Hawkman #12 comes to us from writer Robert Venditti, artist Bryan Hitch, inkers Andrew Currie, Norm Rapmund, and Scott Hanna, color artist Jeremiah Skipper, letterer Richard Starkings and Comicraft, cover artist Hitch with Alex Sinclair, and variant cover artist Julian Totino Tedesco.

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