June 19, 2024

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Noteworthy Issues: Hawkgirl #1 (July, 2023)

Kendra Saunders relocates to Metropolis, and a lot happens there. I mean, a whole lot.

Honestly, I have a bit of a preference for Hawkgirl over Hawkman.  Why?  Simple reason:  I actually like the character’s overall look, mostly the helmet, better.  Factor in as well that the Silver Age Hawkgirl was usually treated as something of an equal to Hawkman, someone who could hold her own just as well as he could, and the result is a rather interesting character that DC has only recently figured out how to tell stories about without Hawkman.

And hey, she has a new mini-series right now.

Issue:  Hawkgirl #1, July 2023

Writer:  Jadzia Axelrod

Artist:  Amancay Nahuelpan

The Plot:  Kendra Saunders moves to Metropolis, but someone else has plans involving her Nth metal wings.

Commentary:  As is usually the case, I take a moment before I write these up to review the issue in question and remind myself what happened.  In the case of Hawkgirl, it might be more of a case of what doesn’t happen because a lot does happen here.  This is a comic where a mysterious woman comes to reclaim a debt she made when she gifted a young girl with a pony years earlier, there’s a fox-man for one panel, an invasion by alien fire people that Kendra helps out with, a new superhero calling herself Galaxy pops up with her talking Corgi advisor, and Kendra’s wings aren’t working while she may or may not be suicidal.

That, actually, was my big issue with this issue:  there may be too much going on.

I can understand the creative team wanting to put together something big, to get a lot of balls in the air in terms of plot, and to establish Kendra as a character going forward.  The villain has to seem like a big enough threat, and putting a connection to Kendra’s wings makes it personal.  It’s not like there’s a huge Hawkgirl rouge’s gallery out there.  But instead, in a scant 22 pages, there’s a battle with alien invaders, a lot of hero cameos, and a host of other things all happening at once.  I had trouble remembering a lot of that because there’s a lot to see and not much time to develop it, or at least as much as the creative team might have been hoping.  I’m still a bit intrigued about what comes next, but the point stands.  I think they could have strung a few of these things out over multiple issues and been fine.

Still, I did like what I saw here enough to keep going.

Grade:  C+