For those of you who aren’t surfing the Twitterverse on a regular basis let me fill you in- Rob Liefeld quit DC Comics today. Some of you may jump for joy at this news but I’m pretty disappointed. I’ve really enjoyed his Savage Hawkman run. I’ve never been a bigger fan of the character, not even close. Unfortunately the powers-that-be over at DC have rubbed Liefeld the long way, and as is his tendency, he hasn’t stood for it and has left. His run will conclude with September’s #0 issue.
This issue was excellent. I loved the ending as it left me dying to read next month’s issue. The rest of the story is good too- the fight scene between Hawkman and the mercenary Pike is very violent, entertaining and lengthy. Pike’s physical resemblance and his similar personality to Deadpool won’t be lost on most comic fans. This definitely hurt the authenticity of the character for me. Felt like a cheap knock off.
If you’re able to put the Pike-Deadpool thing aside I think every fan of Liefeld’s run on Hawkman will consider this his most gripping chapter yet (although the one with the gladiator ending was epic too). It will be bitter sweet to read #0 next month but then watch Liefeld leave. Hopefully DC will find someone who understands this character like Liefeld did. I hope that maybe Mark Poulton can continue to lend a hand with the scripting for this character so we can have some continuity even between writers.
The visual team, led by penciller Joe Bennett does a really good job with this issue. As always the action scenes are fast, furious and frequent and we don’t feel cheated out of any blow. The outlandish panels where Hawkman is laying a beat down on Pike are reminiscent of the ones that made me a huge fan of this series a little while ago.
The Savage Hawkman is one of my favourite DC titles. It is bitter sweet to see Liefeld go but I am hopeful that the next writer will be able to follow in the footsteps of this controversial comic’s legend and give us a great run on this amazing character. I will be heartbroken if this book is cancelled after this fiasco. Choose wisely DC…
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