Convergence: Hawkman #1

Behind a gorgeous Rafael Albuquerque cover featuring the logo from the Silver and Bronze Age series, "Convergence: Hawkman" #1 checks in on Hawkman and Hawkwoman in a story written by Jeff Parker and drawn by seasoned Hawkman creator Tim Truman, who brings along his "Hawkworld" collaborator Enrique Alcatena.

The overall appearance of this comic is a rich, detailed visual experience that nicely mixes the 1980s with John Kalisz's modern coloring sensibilities. As Parker explains it, the Hawks happen to be in Gotham City when the domes appear, which coincides with the aftermath of "The Shadow War of Hawkman." Some remnants of the Thanagarian invading forces still lurk in the shadows of Gotham, giving this story plenty of opportunity for action, which Truman deftly handles. The Thanagarians, naturally, have Thanagarian technology, which Truman imaginatively portrays. The foes also enlist the ferocious Manhawks to attack Hawkman and Hawkwoman in the gorgeously colored skies over Gotham City.

Kalisz plays with texture and pattern, giving detailed surfaces to the dinosaur replicas in the Gotham City Museum while also painting the misty, sun-soaked haze in the skies against the dome. The environs of Gotham have an otherwise natural grit to them, which Kalisz presses to accentuate Hawkman and Hawkwoman's bold uniforms.

Jeff Parker does a masterful job of reaching back into the history of the Hawks, referencing the Absorbascon and the Hawks role that led them to Earth so many years ago. As he has done in his work with Aquaman and Mera, Parker describes the relationship and cooperation between Katar and Shayera. Although the title of this issue is "Convergence: Hawkman," Parker makes it quite clear that this couple has formed a partnership and knows the strengths and shortcomings of the other intimately. Parker appears to improvise a bit on the script as the Manhawk battle becomes fierce and fatal but, otherwise, has a wonderful grasp on the Silver Age Hawks at the peak of their popularity, celebrating their history instead of trying to redefine or retcon it.

"Convergence: Hawkman" #1 gains strength from the way Parker holds off on tying things to the event until the last page of the issue. Sure, the dome is there, but Parker focuses on the dome being a mystery the Hawks have been trying to crack, a threat from foes they may have finally identified. This affords Parker, Truman, Alcatena, Kalisz and Sharpe the luxury of almost the entire issue to set the stage and define the players, focusing instead on adventure and character rather than on event and tie-in. I have no idea what condition Hawkman and Hawkwoman will be in following "Convergence," but Parker, Truman and team make a fine exhibition of what could be and appear to have fun doing it.

Once & Future #1 Is an Adventurous, Endearing Debut

More in Comics