Return of the Hawkes

As probably many of you know (those that are reading Earth 2) we have seen the return of Hawkgirl after a short absence in the new 52.  As presumably a lot fewer of you know, we have also seen the return of Hawkwoman (in the pages of Savage Hawkman, hence why fewer would know.)  Since the innovation of the silver age to turn golden age characters into science fiction baaed characters, there has been a lot of confusion over what to do with the Hawks, to keep them in the futuristic mode or the arcane. The problem persisted as well with Hawkman's female counterpart, whether to keep her as a girl or as a woman.  The problem was not really helped by Crisis on Infinite Earths which kind of threw the entire DC universe into disarray.  Generally speaking since that time storylines have gone one of two ways - to tie them to Thanagar or to tie them to Ancient Egypt.  It is too early to know what is going on with the new Hawkgirl as her origin has not really been explained at all, but the new Hawkwoman is firmly a part of Thanagar (more so than before actually, as now she is a princess.)  It is also incidentally one of the few times in the publication history of DC that both have existed at the same time since Crisis.  The problem with the Hawk family has been tried to fixed time and again, maybe almost as much as Donna Troy, but the Hawks from before the new 52 were considered the solution.  It will be interesting to see where they go from here as the previous version gave a degree of stability to their origins only to be thrown back into a new state of confusion.   

9 Comments
9 Comments
Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

Wow....Hawkwoman's costume is horrible. She has Hawk print hubcaps on her boobs......

Online
Posted by RazzaTazz
@Avenging-X-Bolt: I am sure they will have to have a talk with the artists about that.  it is pretty bad.  
Moderator
Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

I actually preferred what treatment they gave to Hawkgirl during the annals of Brightest Day, even if it was sad. It streamlined the history and made things more simplified. New 52 has made things rather complicated though, especially since the guises of Kendra Saunders and Shayera Hol have been separated not only by person but by universe. It was actually shocking to me when I heard about Hol's introduction in Savage Hawkman, because it made me think "wait how can she be here if we already are seeing her in Earth 2?" I'll give it a chance though, even if among the two characters I'm following Kendra more than Shayera.

Posted by chalkshark

Off course, this begs the question... is there a Hawkman on Earth 2?

Posted by RazzaTazz
@chalkshark: I wondered that myself, though there was only ever one Hawkman at a time really.  
Moderator
Edited by chalkshark

There were some Silver Age stories, where the two Hawkmen would share in a Justice League of America/Justice Society of America adventure. That said, they were largely kept separate... though not to the extent the two Batmen were.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@chalkshark: Strange as you say that the two Batmans were kept separate but then also in this mirror image crossover that there are two Robins.  :)  With the more recent description of the character from about ten years ago, there was only one Hawkman, but a Hawkgirl and a Hawkwoman, so maybe this is how DC is planning to go forward?
Moderator
Posted by Aiden Cross

Aww, i was hoping this was about Connor Hawke :p

Posted by chalkshark

@RazzaTazz: I'm not altogether certain if DC knows how they're going forward anymore. To my knowledge, that story was the only time the two Robins met, which is unfortunate as a little more interplay between them could have been interesting. Not sure how DC's playbook called crossovers. There was a lot of interaction between the two Flashes. The Green Lanterns and Atoms teamed up a couple of times, in their own respective books. The Supermen and Wonder Women shared the occasional adventure, so it's odd that the Batmen did not. The Hawkmen only got together in Justice League of America/Justice Society of America crossovers. There was never a meeting of the two Hawkwomen in the Silver Age. Oh, and for the record, there is one story that features the two Green Arrows, though I don't recall if they ever shared a panel.