DC Comics will launch a new Hawkman series from writer Rob Venditti and artist Bryan Hitch. The series will spin out of the events of Dark Nights: Metal.
“[Metal] has really elevated Carter Hall/Hawkman (Katar Hol), and brought him back to the DC universe in an [exciting] way,” Venditti told The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs. “That’s really what Bryan and I’s vision for the series is as well.”
“Hawkman is a foundational character in the DCU,” he added. “Over time I think he’s lost some of that central importance to the DC universe, and we really want to bring that back and make him a marquee character,” Venditti said. “And to do that we’re going to take him to a lot of unexpected, unexplored places and introduce a lot of new mythology for the character.”
“The Winged Man is such a significant and powerful image in myth and legend,” Hitch said. “That’s exactly the element Hawkman fits best. It’s such a unique image to play with from the Bird of Prey to the Angel, the winged man is genuinely awesome in the truest sense,” Hitch said. “Carter [Hawkman] is the DCU’s greatest warrior, but he’s also part of its secret history. All of that gives you such a rich visual tapestry as an artist to play with.”
Another important part of Hawkman’s mythos is Hawkgirl, both the Shiera Hall and Kendra Saunders versions of the hero. The character played a role in the first season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and can also be found in Dark Nights: Metal. Venditti promises Hawkgirl will be “foundational” to his Hawkman series.
“She’s as foundational to the concept really in a lot of ways that Hawkman is,” Venditti said. “Now how we’re going to do that is hopefully going to be set up in a way that will surprise some people. Even when she’s not there on the page, she’s still there in terms of what we’re building and how we’re working towards it.”
Hawkman #1 by Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch arrives on June 13 from DC Comics.
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