Fight Your Shadow With Hawkman #15

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Hawkman has been chasing the newly empowered Shadow Thief for days. He’s tracked the Thief across Midway, Stonechat, and the Louvre. Carter now seeks help from another master of shadows, the man called the Shade. Shade controls shadows, and that may be Hawkman’s only hope of stopping the Shadow Thief. There’s only one problem: Shadow Thief has stolen Carter’s shadow, so the Thief can track Hawkman all over the world.

Hawkman #15 cover by Pat Olliffe, Tom Palmer, and Jeremiah Skipper
Hawkman #15 cover by Pat Olliffe, Tom Palmer, and Jeremiah Skipper

Hawkman #15 finds the Winged Warrior exhausted and at wit’s end in his quest to stop the Shadow Thief. He has an ally who can help, but even the Shade may not be enough to stop this upgraded Shadow Thief.

It’s a fun read, and it’s nice seeing a character like Shade being brought back to help Hawkman fight a classic baddie like the Shadow Thief.

We also get to see some of that famous Hawkman rage come back, though Shade strangely sees it as an anomaly. I’m a longtime Hawkman devotee, and I gotta tell you that the Hawkman rage is far from something new. In fact, it’s one of my favorite things about the character.

Despite how much dialogue is exchanged between Hawkman and Shade, there is still a lot of action in this comic too. We get to see Carter put his mace to work, and Pat Olliffe gives it a lot of impact and power.

Hawkman #15 art by Pat Olliffe, Tom Palmer, and Jeremiah Skipper with letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Hawkman #15 art by Pat Olliffe, Tom Palmer, and Jeremiah Skipper with letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft

Speaking of which Olliffe, he continues to put in some great work, and his style evokes comic art in decades past. He imbues the book with a grit and personality fitting for Carter Hall. Tom Palmer’s adds weight to the visuals, and Jeremiah Skipper’s color art keeps the tone heavy and urgent.

Hawkman #15 is another great issue from Robert Venditti and the new art team. We get to see Hawkman pushed to his limit once again, but he doesn’t have to go it alone. This book provides another engaging read and is easily worth a recommendation. Check it out.

Hawkman #15 comes to us from writer Robert Venditti, artist Pat Olliffe, inker Tom Palmer, color artist Jeremiah Skipper, letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft, cover artist Pat Olliffe with Tom Palmer and Jeremiah Skipper, and variant cover artist Inhyuk Lee.

Final Score: 8/10

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