Saturday, March 23, 2013

No More Feathers

"No More Feathers" from Hawkworld vol.2 #9 (DC, #1991) by John Ostrander, Tim Truman, Graham Nolan and Gary Kwapisz
It's not called "Hawkman", but I wanted to keep these in chronological order. The Hawkworld series sprang from Tim Truman's fairly drastic Prestige mini-seroes reboot, and he acted as co-plotter with the awesome John Ostrander until Byth was finally captured. Other than the often harsh unmotivated coloring, I really have nothing bad to say about this series, which was one of my favorites at the time. Hawkman and Hawkwoman's militaristic look matches their role as soldiers of Thanagar and exchange program policemen in Chicago, and it's interesting that Katar and Shayera are presented as partners rather than lovers. I also liked how the "Hawkman as conservative mouthpiece" (from Justice League of America, to create tension between him and the uber-liberal Green Arrow) was upended in Hawkworld, so that Katar became progressively liberal as he was exposed to Earth norms, while Hawkwoman remained the more conservative character.

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