Originally announced as "Hawkman and Adam Strange: Out of Time," the upcoming DC Comics miniseries now has a new, and certainly more ominous, title: "Death of Hawkman."
Written by Marc Andreyko and penciled by Aaron Lopresti, the six-issue story pairs the sci-fi adventurers Hawkman and Adam Strange in a race against time to stop an all-out war between the planets Thanagar and Rann.
With that announcement of the comic's true title, DC also affirms that classic Justice League villain Despero is behind the conflict, as was suggested by the previously released art.
A title like "Death of Hawkman" naturally to lots of speculation: Does this mean the winged superhero will indeed perish by the end of the miniseries? If so, who will be the one to level the killing blow? Despero is obviously a prime suspect -- but what if Adam Strange is the killer? Or perhaps Hawkman gives the ultimate sacrifice to save not only Thanagar but also Rann.
Here's the official description, courtesy of DC Comics:
After a career of galaxy-spanning adventures, Adam Strange finds himself trying to live a “normal” life when he’s pulled back into interplanetary calamity and chaos once again! When a seemingly normal Zeta beam transmission returns him to the planet Rann, he finds the capital city of Ranagar in ruins, and his once peaceful beloved Alanna crying out for the blood of Rann’s oldest enemy, Thanagar. The evil Despero has brainwashed Rann’s citizens into thinking that Thanagar is responsible for the attack. As Rann gears up to counter-attack, the Hawkmen get word of the impending attack and plan a preemptive strike of their own.
As both civilizations march toward war, both Strange and Katar Hol have now become fugitives from Rann and Thanagar. With certain death hanging over both their heads, the clock is ticking, and both heroes must race to find out Despero’s ultimate goal and prevent the destruction of two worlds!
"Death of Hawkman" #1 goes on sale Oct. 5.