Wednesday, October 19, 2005

HAWKMAN #45

Speaking of badness (well, if you're scrolling up...)

I spent months griping about the tiredness of the "oh, no, Hawkman/Hawkgirl is dead!!!" storyline. I threw in some additional kvetching about how while the entire DCU is being sucked into Infinite Crisis, the fact that Hawkman was actively running against it while its characters were currently featured in one of the main prequel books was... nonsensical. No need to repeat either point because they are both still abundantly valid.

Instead, I will wonder aloud how Palmiotti&Gray can justify foregoing the Crisis II tie-in so that they could instead turn around and make the Hawkman legacy that much more confusing. Because, really, what readers need is to convolute the whole Thanagar/Egyptian/Shazam legacy that much more so that the characters of Hawkman and Hawkgirl are completely inaccessible to anyone without a lot of patience and the DC Encyclopedia.

Pages and pages of explanatory narrative -- Hello, Exposition Fairy! -- to retcon/revisit/invent/complicate the Hawk backstory was the last thing that should have been taking up space here. I spent months working to close the gap in my Hawkworld run and I didn't care. Charley Parker wasn't very entertaining with the Titans and he wasn't very entertaining here and oh, look, he's actually a raving half-Thanagarian loony with Daddy Issues. And then we had the Agatha Christie denouement-in-the-parlor scene, complete with Ollie Queen -- because GA and Carter have such a long, strong, friendly bond -- and the rump of the JSA, attempting to ignore the end of JSA: Black Reign. (And, as much as I like the idea of ignoring Michael Holt when at all possible, maybe the current JSA chairman should have been consulted before Carter got re-admitted.)

The whole romantic subplot with Kendra and Carter was more shrugworthy than anything else. I'm apparently the only one slightly squicked by the idea of Carter getting his groove on with his great-niece, but Kendra did have a few good points when she chewed him out about not letting her in on the plan after he'd let Hector help. The dinner date felt fanficcy what with the cape and the acquired clothes and suddenly Kendra knows about fashion.

Art... blech. I have nothing new to gripe about Joe Bennett that I haven't done more thoroughly when discussing Birds of Prey, but I will point out that the Carter-Charley fight was muddled and cluttered and not easy to pick out who was talking and who was getting impaled.



4 Comments:

Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

I miss Shayera.

Wed Oct 19, 03:36:00 PM EDT  
Blogger naladahc said...

Amen.

I could NOT believe they had to bring up that Fel Andar character.

Haven't the DC editors learned their lesson here?

Wed Oct 19, 05:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Julio Oliveira said...

Wow, was that entire storyline completely pointless. Also, the pacing was awful. Let's hope they never bring this entire thing ever again.

Wed Oct 19, 11:27:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

I also think it's amusing that in early interviews, Gray made a point of how he likes to do a lot of research, but whined about how much he had to do for Hawkman.

Hey, if you don't like it...

Thu Oct 20, 11:11:00 AM EDT  

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