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Birds of a Different Feather: The History of Titans’ Hawk and Dove

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Birds of a Different Feather: The History of Titans’ Hawk and Dove

Dove Is Dead – Meet the New Dove!

Hawk, as you might expect, did not take the death of his brother particularly well. This was a guy was not exactly all there when he had a peaceful brother working as the yin to his yang. Without his brother, Hawk was almost a creature of mindless violence, doing whatever the United States government ever asked of him (like this Teen Titans Spotlight story by Mike Baron, Jackson Guice and Larry Mahlstedt)…

It was while working on DC’s History of the DC Universe (where he inked George Perez, who drew a big spread of Crisis on Infinite Earths and all the people who died in the event) that inker Karl Kesel thought that, “Hey, why not do a NEW Dove?” He pitched it to his wife, Barbara Kesel, and they then pitched the idea to DC, who approved a new Hawk and Dove miniseries, drawn by an up-and-coming artist named Rob Liefeld. The new Dove would be Dawn Granger.

While the personality conflicts would remain, this time it was less that Dawn was a pacifist or a protester and more that she was just a lot calmer than Hank, who continued to be filled with rage. The miniseries was a big hit (and Liefeld was soon a star artist) and it led to an ongoing series (with Greg Guler taking over from Liefeld)…

Karl Kesel and Barbara Kesel also finally came up with an origin for the mysterious source of Hawk and Dove’s powers. As it turned out, it was the Lords of CHaos and Order. Hawk was an Agent of Chaos while Dove was an Agent of Order.

The two heroes continued in their ongoing series for a couple of years, having your typical superhero adventures (while also attending Georgetown University), but then a simple twist of fate changed their lives forever. You see, there was a crossover in 1991 called Armageddon 2001 that involved a new hero named Waverider traveling to the present from the far-off future…of 2001! In Waverider’s time, a superhero turned evil and took over the world as the villainous Monarch! Waverider would then touch every major superhero and see their future and see if they become Monarch. So that was the plot for all of DC’s 1991 Annuals. The problem was that after touching all of them and getting no results, he touched Captain Atom in the final part and the reveal was going to be that it was Captain Atom who became Monarch. Someone leaked the news, though, so DC had to make a last minute change (I suppose “had” is a bit of a stretch, they preferred to make a last minute change). Since Hawk and Dove wasn’t selling amazingly, they decided to make Monarch be Hawk. So in the final part of the crossover, in Armageddon 2001 #2, Monarch traveled to the past and kidnapped Hawk and Dove.

He then kills Dove in front of Hawk…

Hawk then beats Monarch to death, but realizes that Monarch is an older version of…him!!

He now determines that he will be the agent of chaos AND order and he fights the world’s heroes, now driven quite mad…

Captain Atom stopped Monarch by transporting them both to the past. This led to a few sequel series where Captain Atom and Monarch fought each other throughout DC history.

Eventually, Hank then took on the power of Waverider and became a new villain known as Extant. During Zero Hour, Hank wiped out the Justice Society of America…

So that was it for Hawk and Dove for a while, before Dick Giordano was involved in yet ANOTHER Hawk and Dove revival. These heroes (created by Mike Baron, Dean Zachary and Giordano) were completely unrelated to any part of Hawk and Dove’s history. They had wings and this time the Hawk was female and the Dove was male…

They really don’t matter. They fell into comic book limbo very quickly. We’re just being completists by mentioning them.

Anyhow, Extant was prisoner of the time-travel police for a while, but he broke out and the newly reformed JSA went to go get revenge on Extant for what he did to the original Justice Society. After a lot of fighting, Atom-Smasher figures that Extant is always going to keep causing trouble throughout time, so he decided to use some time travel himself and have Extant switch places with Atom-Smasher’s mom in a plane crash. This killed Hank Hall…

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Later on, Hector Hall (Hawkman’s son) became the new Doctor Fate and tried to revive his seemingly comatose wife, Lyta Hall. As it turned out, though, the villainous wizard Mordru instead tricked Hector into reviving….Dawn Granger!!

It was revealed that Mordru was responsible for Hank going insane. He faked Dawn’s death to drive Hank to become Monarch. It was all part of his plan…somehow.

Anyhow, with Dawn back to life, it was only a matter of time before Hawk and Dove got back together. As it turned out, Dawn had a sister named Holly who we had never heard mention of ever before. When Dawn and Holly’s parents split, Holly went to go live in England with their mother while Dawn lived in Connecticut with their father. Holly was then chosen as the new Hawk by the Lords of Chaos and Order, making their debut in the big Teen Titans fight against Doctor Light in Teen Titans #22 (by Geoff Johns, Mike McKone and Marlo Alquiza)…

Dawn and Holly starred in a two-part Teen Titans story written by Gail Simone that saw Rob Liefeld return to the Hawk and Dove character for the first time in years…

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