“Convergence: Hawkman” #2 is one of the best looking comics on the racks this week, thanks to Tim Truman, Enrique Alcatena and John Kalisz. Before we delve into that, however, I want to say that it shouldn’t distract you from Jeff Parker’s script. What at first seems like a standard “Convergence” tie-in (as the Hawks go up against some of the animals from “Kamandi”) turns out to have a beautiful coda to both “Crisis on Infinite Earths” and, quite possibly, “Convergence.”
The bulk of the issue is standard but solid superheroics. Katar and Shayera are in good hands here; Parker reminds us that these are two characters who don’t have any actual superpowers, just some nifty technology that lets them fly, and that they’re still quite capable at kicking butt. Their defeat comes through not only sheer numbers but also some foul play among the enemy’s ranks; in other words, through some truly unheroic and despicable behavior. Yet, despite all of that, the Hawks succeed. In many ways, they’re squeaky clean heroes, but Parker still makes them fun to read about, characters who inspire all those around them to rise up and fight.
It’s the last few pages that really sing, though, as the duo gets to witness the end of their original universe from back in 1986. There’s a level of sadness over all of that history being destroyed but, at the same time Parker also hints at some sort of future for that era coming out of it. Perhaps it’s just a nod to the post-“Crisis” timeline that followed it or maybe it’s a nod towards the post-“Convergence” setup that awaits us at the end of the month, but here’s the great thing: it works well either way. Parker is able to both mourn the loss of the original DC Comics timelines even as he tells us that something different but promising is around the corner. That’s a nice feat, no matter what that conclusion he’s referring to.
Truman and Alcatena do a great job on the art, as mentioned earlier. The carefully detailed feathers on the Hawks’ wings, the beautiful cascade of hair on Shayera’s shoulders, the ripple of muscles (that aren’t overstated) on Katar’s chest — everything is drawn in a way that feels very strong and well thought out. Moments like the bat army are dramatic because of how creepily real it is. From their merging of bat and human characteristics to the way the gun barrel points at the reader with the smoke wafting from it, it’s instantly eye catching. Kalisz is careful to never go overboard on the colors either; instead, they meld with the art to provide a unified look, with no one aspect taking attention away from any other part.
“Convergence: Hawkman” #2 was a fun wrap up to this tie-in, and one of the most successful “Convergence” miniseries to date. I know it’s too much to ask for a future Parker, Truman and Alcatena “Hawkman” series, but boy would it be great if this is anything to go on. If there’s room for even a “Hawkman” miniseries down the line, DC Comics already has a great creative team assembled for it.