Writer: Robert Venditti

Penciller: Fernando Pasarin

Inkers: Oclair Albert and Wade Von Grawbadger

Colorist: Jeromy Cox

Letter: Rob Leigh

I couldn’t begin to explain to you the history of Hawkman and Hawkwoman, and this convoluted continuity is part of the story of Hawkman #27. It seems like the endless deaths and reincarnations are about to come to an end for the Hawks, and Carter Hall isn’t handling the possibility of a permanent death well at all.

His breakdown comes as he leads the Justice Society of America against the Injustice Society. I’ll continue to express my love for the JSA until I’m blue in the face. Seeing the gang in action is great fun, and if it’s true that Hawkman is coming to an end, Venditti is making his pitch to write an ongoing JSA book with this issue.

The book’s art is spot-on, with a classic look and feel that incorporates modern sensibilities, energy, and camera angles. It feels polished and complete, but also crafted, organic, and human.

The issue ends with a reveal that I don’t completely understand. Long-time fans of the Hawks might know exactly what’s going on, but I’m comfortable being left in the dark for a while. I assume I’ll know everything next month.

VERDICT: This book satisfies my JSA itch, but it’s a good book, anyway. I picked it up because of that killer Mikel Janin cover and was pleased to find the art and story underneath made me happy to call this issue a BUY .

(this post first appeared at Talking Comic Books, where I am fortunate to contribute to their conversations about comics of all sorts.)

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